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shining on, with coffee

Some mornings are more blessed than others. Especially those when I’ve slept through the night. Often I wake at 3 or 4 and lie fretting for hours over things that cannot be changed; there’s a

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Codename Sally: bravo PEN!

We are enjoying heaven – twenty degrees today. Showers of scarlet and gold leaves, the trees more spectacular than usual this year. Everyone is out soaking up sun, storing those D’s for the dark days

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reaching October

This morning, riding back from the market in the glorious sunshine, my backpack heavy with Empire apples and a huge cauliflower, I started out of the blue to sing the September Song. As an actress,

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Pina Bausch and Rite of Spring; winter prep

Winter is a job. It’s taking days: switching clothes, including seeing which sweaters now have moth holes, which can be fixed; shutting windows, getting the furnace checked, hours in the garden pruning, composting, washing potted

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The opera Carmen, George Saunders on empathy

First — Episode 3 of my podcast about writing memoir is up. I’d love to hear what you think.  An embarrassment of riches. Last night, I was Eleanor’s guest at the opera: Bizet’s Carmen. Centre orchestra

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Thankful on Thanksgiving

10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Monday, and there are tears. I’m awash in gratefulness for this life. Yesterday, 60 Minutes showed the devastation of Hurricane Ian in Florida, homes smashed and washed away. “Everyone on Sanibel

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Cabbagetown apartment for rent

For rent: one bedroom basement apartment in prime Cabbagetown location, close to everything. Private entrance through a beautiful garden; living room with high ceiling, full kitchen, and original Vermeer (LOL); bathroom with large shower; full-sized

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Annie Ernaux and Karin Wells

These days, bringing plants in at night, the ones I can carry, and taking them back out by day. Spent hours the other day pruning and planting bulbs. Shutting it all down, anticipating joy six

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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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Chris Walks
This blog evolves. It once was about travels. Now it’s a reason to be at the keyboard that I value.

Theresa Kishkan
Theresa Kishkan is a writer living on the Sechelt Peninsula on the west coast of Canada.

I walk on. With my feet, and in my mind as well.

Carrie Snyder
Wherever you’ve come from, wherever you’re going, consider this space a place for reflection and pause.


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