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Happy 82nd birthday, Macca! Age is a feeling.

First, Happy 82nd Birthday to James Paul McCartney. Macca recently announced several major world tours, where he’ll perform in front of massive audiences for three hours without a break — some forty songs old and

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The Outfit, and the roses

One of those blessed mornings — yesterday dawned cool, as it has been for days, then turned very hot, and then last night it rained. This morning the air is fresh and sweet. What’s most

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Keith Turnbull 1944-2024 An extraordinary Canadian died last Sunday. Keith Turnbull, director, producer, translator, educator, was indefatigable in his support for theatre and opera, words and music. Read the obituary and marvel at the breadth of his

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D Day

So moving. A CBC Ideas program for D Day: Harry, a Canadian soldier who wrote letters home about the war until he was killed, and a group of Canadian descendants of Harry’s who toured the

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making a mess

Busy days. I regained some energy and started cleaning and clearing, especially the top floor suite vacated by my longterm tenant, which led to moving things around in other rooms. Tomorrow a big load of

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Sink the orange blowhole!

Well, what is there to say except WOO HOO? Justice was done. A criminal was convicted. What was disturbing was the footage of his followers, frantically parroting the old line: persecution Biden’s fault political prisoner

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You Hurt My Feelings

It may surprise you to know that I am not always cheerful. A few days ago I was distressed and crabby — why? Envy. A friend, a former student, wrote a memoir that has done

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thoughts about where to grow old

Instant summer, my friends — from normal spring temperatures to 28 feeling like 35 in seconds. To teach Tuesday, I had to scrabble in my closet for respectable hot weather teaching clothes, hadn’t even brought

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great news = happy Beth in Mexico

Sunday morning of the long weekend, and the silence is deafening, except for the birds. Not a car or siren, not a streetcar, not even a voice, just birds. And yet if I hopped on

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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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