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in the gloom

A heavy heart today, with the news about the American soldiers killed by Iran, the inevitable escalation. Just what the world needs — more violence and unwinnable war. I try to go back and imagine

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Free at last. Almost.

Finally! After waiting nearly two years, I just had a call from the U.S. consulate and now have an appointment in April to renounce my American citizenship. I have to go to Ottawa to do

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raccoon sex

An exciting morning: the city forestry men came, at last, to deal with a city tree in my front yard. It had a huge branch extending over the street and its hydro wires, and I’ve

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How to survive winter: Beth’s invaluable tip

The tip? Art! Patronize artists. Go to bookstores and buy books. Go to the theatre, film, galleries, dance. Time will fly, and the cold outside, while still there, will shrink to manageable size. Last night,

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hearing from friends

Peter Blais wrote yesterday. He and his partner Tom Alway run the Maritime Painted Saltbox in Nova Scotia, to display their bright, brilliant art. Peter was a terrific actor first; I’ve known him since 1967.

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Manifesto to My Face

After all those dire warnings – 10 centimetres at least! Prepare! Snowplows at the ready! – there was almost no snow, just a thin scattering. It’s cold – -6 right now, at dusk – but

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waiting for the storm

After that last extremely perky post, life settled down into its regular rhythm, which includes accomplishing not very much in a day. I’m still reading to the boys in the evening, still loving The Eyes

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changed my mind

Had to write and say – I’ve posted enthusiastically about Law and Order SVU, but now I regret it. The latest shows have taken a turn for the worse, way worse, unwatchably manipulative and violent.

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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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