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Bethany Lee

Bethany Lee is a freelance writer who lives in Mono.

The Long Goodbye

Mar 16, 2024

As elderly parents enter the final season of their life, adult children face the challenges of caring for them, and preparing to say goodbye.

Some Secrets are Best Kept

Nov 27, 2023

An accidental discovery teaches an important life lesson, that knowing too much can spoil all the fun.

By the Dawn’s Early Light

Sep 8, 2023

The familiar sounds of home are a comforting routine that tells us all is right in the world – sounds you hope you can listen to forever.

A Perfectly Cluttered Tool Bench

Jun 16, 2023

Writer Bethany Lee muses on her father’s carefully organized chaos in the garage as her young son begins to explore his grandfather’s tools.

The Call of the Open Road

Mar 20, 2023

When the call of the road beckons, it’s time to plot a course for new adventures, towns and cities.

Arrival of the Aunties

Nov 20, 2022

For many of us, as the daylight grows shorter and shorter, it’s a time to gather with friends and family.

How Will Our Kids Align Their Stars?

Sep 20, 2022

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s such a familiar question. We throw it out to the littlest of our littles, as early as age three or four, once their interests start to sparkle.

The Summer I Went Swimming

Jun 24, 2022

“I don’t know how to swim,” I said quietly.

Treasures Worth Saving

Mar 29, 2022

I looked out the window and pondered my own answer to the question I’d asked.

Call Me!

Nov 29, 2021

So many old phone numbers came rushing back to me when I was doing some cleaning recently and found a tiny leather address book.

A Time for Listening

Sep 24, 2021

Covid has forced us to work in new ways amid absurd family pressures. But coincident with the pandemic, we have been also confronting broader issues.

Board Games for the Bored

Jun 22, 2021

As the pandemic wanes, our columnist taps into her nostalgia for board games with a fresh-out-of-the-package Scrabble.

Pandemic Fatigue

Mar 31, 2021

A year in we’ve been through so much – but we’re still putting one foot in front of the other.


Nov 24, 2020

Remembering the one and only Marie of Marie’s Driver Training.

When Times are Tough – Decorate!

Sep 18, 2020

To make things better in my family, we’ve done our best with paint and elbow grease to improve our physical space, in the hope of providing fresh perspectives to brighten our minds.

Messing with Our Sense of Time

Jun 25, 2020

Are we in the middle of the pandemic, approaching the end, or is it just the beginning?

The Learning Journey

Mar 24, 2020

As I watch Adrian’s pencil continue across the page, I’m thinking about the messiness of learning in this period of his life.

Not So Fast

Nov 22, 2019

Will we ever return to a time when mending, reusing or not buying in the first place is the norm?