A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY LIFE

So, what about me? I am a writer who writes both fiction and non-fiction based on my Christian faith. I write for children and adults. The non-fictions includes teaching and stories about my life. The fiction includes my first novel as well as short stories (not yet published).

I started out in life in Brantford, Ontario, Canada way back in 1945.

I believe it was a Sunday evening, July 15th to be precise.

Me as a baby

Yes, that’s me!

I grew up in Brantford, went to elelmentary (Major Ballachey) and high school (Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School) there. My life really wasn’t very

In my aunt's garden

In my Uncle and Aunt’s garden on their chicken farmĀ  in the country at about 2 years old

exciting. I did the normal things kids do, had a few friends, ate Popsicles to keep cool in the summer, tried to stay warm in winter after freezing my toes on the skating rink. One of those friends I met in Kindergarten and we are still friends 69 years later. Now I think that’s something to brag about!

School didn’t really appeal to me though I didn’t have much difficulty with it. One interesting fact is that my Grade 8 teacher also taught my mother back in the 1920s. I understand that when she was younger she was quite a disciplinarian. My mother told me that Miss Doherty yelled so loud she had to take a couple of weeks off each year with laryngitis. I was almost afraid to be in her class, but I had no choice. She was the only Grade 8 teacher in the school. But she had mellowed a lot by the time I got there, and I liked her. She retired when I graduated.

Posing on a pony

Photographers used to come house to house with the pony to take pictures. Yes, in the city.

Well, high school wasn’t much more noteworthy. I graduated from Grade 13 (yes, we had 13 grades back then) in 1963, and that fall entered the Brantford General Hospital School of Nursing. It wasn’t so much that I longed to be a nurse. I simply didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. Several of my friends chose nursing, so there I was. Two years later I quit, not because I didn’t like it, but I won’t go into details here. Looking at it from a distance I believe it just wasn’t my calling.

Graduation day

Grade 13 Graduation

Next came graphic arts, and I worked in that field in a silk screen printing company and a bookbinding company over a period of about 15 years. That was a great time until I contracted some unknown (to me and to the doctor) ailment which kept me housebound for some time and I lost my job. Though I wasn’t housebound for more than a few months, it was seven years before the doctor found out what my problem was–candida albicans, a yeast overgrowth throughout my body.

Eventually I decided to try my hand at a home-based business making and selling my crafts. Actually I had done a little of that on the side for some time before that. Dove Creations Crafts occupied me for over 10 years and earned me some money to keep living.

During that time I discovered network marketing, and a very old company named Watkins. That opened the way to other network marketing companies and I was on my way for the next few years.

Writing and photography are two of the many things I enjoy in life. Years ago I would have listed painting ahead of photography, but there just isn’t enough time to do all the things I would like to do. Lately I have done some pencil and colored pencil drawings, so I may just share some of them from time to time. Or you may like to take a peek at some of them on my other blog. You will find the link a couple of paragraphs down.

I’m retired now. At least that’s what the government tells me. I’m OK with that title. I don’t have to get up to go to work every morning and I receive my pensions every month. And I enjoy this lifestyle. But I’m not exactly living a life of leisure. I’m busy doing other things now on my own schedule.

Church and church-related activities, like intercession, take up a great deal of my time. And of course there is my writing. And my social networks. (You can find me on FaceBook on my profile and my author page.) And setting up websites like this one. This is the sixth or seventh one I have created in one form or another although only one other is active now. But I’m having fun and my life is fulfilling. I guess that’s the important thing. The Lord has been good to me and I’m thankful to Him that I am able to enjoy what I do.

The great thing about blogs is that I can share my musings, my writing and my artistic attempts with you, my readers. I hope it will give at least a little pleasure to you when you drop by for a visit.

I now have four books published and two journals. I have others in the works from nearly ready for publishing to being simply ideas in my mind, and hope to eventually publish all of them. My dream is actually coming true!

So, there is my life in a not-so-little nutshell. It’s rather difficult to put 74 plus years into a nutshell. I need a whole tree full of nuts to get enough nutshells to do that. But I hope you have learned something about me now and found at least a little of it interesting and worth reading about.

And now I would like the opportunity to get to know you. I hope you will follow my blog as I add to it from time to time to keep you up-to-date with my life. Please add your comments before you leave. And take a little time to browse around. You might just find something of interest.

Thanks for stopping by. I wish you a wonder-filled week and the blessings of God on your life.