My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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Alice Neel and my father, Kappy

My life has been immeasurably improved this last month by one small  addition — a pussycat. My Tiggy is the most marvellous, indeed the perfect cat. She follows me around, is always nearby; when I’m

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So True triumph

A quick update, if I can ever do something quickly on this blog … First, my remarkably resilient son is upbeat, full of cheer, with a minor head injury, abrasions to the face, pain in

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Fresh snow, lots of new snow. Will soon go and try to make myself look respectable for So True. Never take tranquillity for granted. My son had a fall down some stairs yesterday and slammed

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Paris in the springtime, and Tàr

It feels like time in the long dark tunnel of the last three years is ending. We know it’s not; the pandemic isn’t over and there are more looming, not to mention a million other

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The John Tory story

Amazing how things can change on a dime: last night I watched a documentary about a British artist trying to paint the Mona Lisa as Leonardo would have, using the same techniques and type of

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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.

Some Blogs I Follow

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.


Juliet in Paris, Spain and Beyond
Juliet is a Canadian who’s lived for decades in Paris and writes about her travels and the many things that interest her.



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