My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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Other People’s Children

It’s always gratifying when a student achieves success, which might mean publication, or might mean something else. A student two terms ago, Lizz Bryce, wrote a moving essay for class. We gave her a few

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Mayor Olivia Chow

At last, much-needed very good news for our city: a progressive mayor who’s a grandmother who rides a bicycle. Despite all, she prevailed. Our buffoon of a premier came out for the former police chief

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democracy and roses

  A muggy Monday — voting day in Toronto! It took me two minutes to walk to the school half a block away, where there were a series of smiling people to welcome and guide

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Celebrating a great Canadian: Peter Herrndorf

I felt privileged to be there last night — an event celebrating Peter Herrndorf, who singlehandedly boosted every art form in Canada, and more besides. A phenomenal man. He was Chair of the Board of

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new website up

All right, Little Miss Impatient – all things come to pass. My new website is up, I think, or nearly. Check it out. Exciting. Lots more me, what more could you possibly ask for? And

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My course at the U of T summer school, along with several others, was just cancelled for low enrolment. Our boss thinks students are reluctant to return to in-person classes. But also, I think there’s

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U of T Summer Writing School July 10-14

Exciting — my revamped website launches tomorrow. Inkling Design’s Andrea and Kelley have been fantastic to work with, creative, responsive, professional, prompt. I’ll have to get used to the shiny new site — as will

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Father’s Day

I don’t celebrate Father’s Day; there are no fathers around here. I did send a text to the fathers of my grandsons and a long email to my ex-husband, father of my children. My son

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Eleanor Wachtel’s last show

Here’s a blessing to bestow: May you have interesting friends. It’s my great good fortune that I do. And one of the most interesting is Eleanor Wachtel, whom I’ve known since Vancouver in the seventies.

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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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