My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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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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the silence of the holiday weekend

The Saturday of the Victoria Day long weekend, and the city is deserted; the market this morning was quiet. It’s a lovely time in the city for those of us without cottages, especially because there

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about Alice (and Wayson)

Alice Munro. What to say that hasn’t been said? The miracle of her — a brilliant, sharp-eyed girl from small-town Ontario, watching, processing, taking it all in, pouring it all out. Writing, we learned, on

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the great gifts of writing

We did not celebrate Mother’s Day in my family. It didn’t make a dent, I guess dismissed by my lefty parents. Maybe it wasn’t such a big deal in those days in any case. I

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The Department of Nice Things

Nice Things: At my first U of T class of term this week, a student told me she first took my class 14 years ago. “I’ve taken many writing classes since,” she said, “but yours

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Midlife Solo audiobook out now

Good news! The audiobook is out, my dulcet tones reading some of my most important stories. Thrillsies! as I used to say. Banner by Patrick. Yesterday, beautiful, hot; today, dark and wet, and so much

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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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