I was born and raised in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada. In 1965 I went off to Toronto to make my fortune. I really didn’t have any intererest in working in the paper mill in town. I wanted the excitement of the big city. Before this time I had been to Winnipeg, Thunder Bay (Fort William and Port Arthur at the time) and Los Angeles California. I went to Los Angeles with my aunt Nan, who was living and working there at the time when I was fourteen years old. That was an exciting time for sure. It was so long ago, but I can still remember so clearly the time I spent there. Funny that…sometimes I can’t remember what I did last week. Is that a bad thing?? I wonder.
Anyway, Toronto. I arrived basically penniless, having maybe about twenty dollars in my pocket. But, I survived, and within a month I had secured a job with the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto in the clerks department. The office was in the newly opened Toronto City Hall on the second floor. I had seen an article about the new city hall in the weekend extra that came with the Toronto Star a few months before. What was that called…mmmm. I could not believe what was happening. And I was making the grand amount of $57.05 cents a week. Imagine!!!
Well, that was then, this is now. I have lived in Fort Frances, Toronto, Winnipeg, Cancun Mexico, and now Mendoza, Argentina.
I love gardening and cooking, computers are driving me crazy. But they are a necessary evil. I also like genealogy, and have traced my maternal family back to the early 1500’s. I am of Norwegian/Swedish descent, with a bit of English thrown in by my paternal grandmother. Chasing down the paternal side is proving very difficult. I lived with my grandparents when I was younger for about 4 years at two different times. They were wonderful people, and I honestly believed that they would live forever. I still miss them terribly.
I have never considered myself very political. I have never belonged to a politial party. But, as I live in this world, I do pay attention to what goes on around me. And I do have things to say. Most people tell me that I can’t do anything about the government, and shouldn’t get myself worked up. But, I just can’t sit back and let things go by. I think that if you have something to say, you should say it. I don’t expect people to agree with me, I just think that they should listen to me…and of course I am open to listening to the opinions of others.
I should say that I am a monarchist. Being born in Canada, a country where things actually seem to work may have had something to do with that.