Let me start by highlighting my crowning glory: a piece I once wrote was nominated for a National Magazine Award.* The article was called “Taking Back the Night,” and the category was Personal Journalism – a slightly fancier term than “memoir.” It was subsequently reprinted in “Essays: Patterns and Perspectives” by Oxford University Press.
*I lost the Award to Pierre Berton, but somehow that makes the blow seem less traumatic. (To non-Canadians who never heard of Pierre Berton, let me say this: Wikipedia. 😉 But seriously, I feel no shame in losing to him, since – as a quintessentially sublime Canadian writer – he was awarded a whole whack o’ prizes and awards in his lifetime.)
My life can be categorized rather neatly:
1960s – hippie/folkie
1970s – babies; back to school
1980s – social work
1990s – work in the film/TV business; freelance writing/editing/
proofreading for many magazines; publication and sale of over 5,000 copies of parenting booklets
2001 – 2016 (retirement) – work in several non-profits.
I’m enjoying writing this blog immensely; it’s had over 20,000 visitors and 40,000 views from 120 countries. A big thank-you goes to my daughter, Kathryn, who helped me understand the basics of WordPress!
My three books, “Surviving Hollywood North: Crew Confessions from an Insider,” “First Kiss and other True Fiction,” and “How to be an (Almost) Perfect Parent: Dos and Don’ts from a former Family Support Worker” are available at these fine little online shops:
In sum: I’m a woman, mother, friend, blogger, freelance editor/proofreader, author, kitty mom and self-styled humourist who usually sees the upside of things. Also, and this is important – I never met a flea market I didn’t like.
If you ever visit me, I would serve us bagels with cream cheese and coffee (iced, in summer), and would warn you off Annie’s favourite chair, unless you like having cat hair adhere to the backside of your clothing all day.
Thank you for touching down on my blog!