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Busy days on Sackville Street — ten minutes after Shari left, Bruce arrived, is here till tomorrow. Bruce was my invaluable tour guide on our trips to Italy: Rome and environs, Florence and environs, Cinque

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Ron Rosenes

My friend Ron Rosenes died on Saturday. He was a medical miracle – had contracted HIV in the late seventies and spent the next four plus decades, despite a few health issues, advocating for fellow

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So True; The Quiet Girl

Too much going on in the world. The hounds of hell have been unleashed; angry, heartless men rule. I am going to try to shut it out today. I will close down the garden and

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Aftersun, and The Master Plan: the joy of art

It’s gloomy and chilly and the world is in terrible shape. Horrifying terrifying monstrous. From my perch in southern Ontario, I need to shut it all out on this silent Sunday and celebrate what there

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Late blooming is still blooming

I cried listening to music on TV twice yesterday evening. The first time, I turned on TVO to watch Steve Paikin’s current events program, but of course TVO staff are still on strike. Instead, a

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Giving thanks for peace, wherever it may be

It felt like the war in Ukraine was all the tragedy and disaster the world could handle, what with political dysfunction, rising fascism, refugees, dengue fever, famine, climate crisis, and more. But now, fresh useless

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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.

Juliet in Paris
I came to Paris in the 1990s. Decades later I’m still here. Come with me while I roam the city, the country, and beyond.

Walking Woman
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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