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Annals of Aging #6719

Annals of Aging, #6719: the belly. After a struggle with my weight in my twenties, detailed in Loose Woman – going up and down 20 or 30 pounds – it all settled with motherhood. In

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New York New York

Life is returning. After two years of sweatpants and t-shirts, I’ve started to put on actual clothes every once in a while. With an actual bra! The belly is bigger than it was two years

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hot and happy

By early afternoon Saturday I was melting, dripping in sweat; so hot, only water could cool me down. Remembered the beautiful free community swimming pool a three minute bike ride away that I never use,

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giving blood – from August 16

(Sorry, for some reason, half the post disappeared so I am posting again. From my FB page:) Funny story. Went to donate blood for the first time today. Answered ‘no’ to all their questions, including

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infestation: viruses and mice

So, first thing today, I got a message my Facebook account had been hacked, changed my password. Bruce wrote that Apple sent out a warning about security breaches for iPhones and Macbooks, so immediately updated

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The joy of music and shelves.

A treat from the city: rode to the new parks on Parliament Street because there’s music almost every afternoon, and sat for an hour listening to fine young cellist George Crotty play by heart four

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RIP beloved Sempé

Listening to Beethoven piano concerto #3 on CBC – what pleasure. Jonathan Biss, marvellous pianist. They’re saying he suffers from extreme anxiety. If I had to perform something that difficult, I would too.  A tranquil

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power outage in Toronto

 5.45. No power. No electricity. The power went out at about 12.30, so over five hours so far. Worried about the fridge, trying not to open it. My phone for once was not charged – now at

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complaining about Toronto drivers

OOOF. Got my second Shingrix shingles vaccine yesterday at a time when I had no appointments, in case it hit me hard, and it has hit me hard. Yesterday was okay, but today, I’m achey

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About Beth

I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

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