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weathering the storm

Kind friends have been writing to ask if all is well here, after the severe flooding yesterday. It was an incredible storm, quite terrifying for a homeowner whose basement has flooded in the past. Sheets

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The Pigeon Tunnel, and breakfast

A  lovely moment – soft rain after a hot day. I can smell the cedar of my deck, jasmine, phlox. Life. Spent Thursday waiting for my new plumber to bring his very heavy equipment to

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A gratitude call

A great gift yesterday — I made a gratitude call I’ve been wanting to make for many years. In 1974 I was a young actress in Victoria hired to do a three-month school tour. The

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Today’s shocker: Alice Munro. Sheesh.

Another one bites the dust. Opened the Toronto Star this beautiful Sunday morning to a shocking article, alleging that Alice Munro’s second husband Gerry sexually abused Alice’s youngest daughter Andrea; that both Andrea’s father Jim

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Cottage life

As you may know, I am an atheist, or at least an agnostic. But there was a moment, yesterday morning, when I felt the presence of god. I woke at six at Ruth’s cottage and

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nature versus the horrors of the debate

And now for something completely different: Ruth’s cottage. We arrived early afternoon. It’s chilly now and supposed to rain; there’ll be no swimming for this coward until it heats up. But heaven — only the

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Celebrating the life of Keith Turnbull

What a beautiful day Sunday was. Off with three old friends to Stratford in the morning for Keith Turnbull’s memorial celebration – Anne-Marie driving me and two giants of the theatre, Sue LePage the designer,

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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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