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Anne McDonald

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I grew up reading, reading, and reading. Then I studied psychology, creativity, improv and finally creative writing. All these areas come together for me I find, when I'm writing. I love writing - and reading - books that are related to real historical figures or facts. I love the researching and discovery of unusual connections, and the reading between the lines that is necessary to create fiction. So much is left unsaid when you find the information that you want. For example, there is John A Macdonald sitting with Mercy Coles - she writes of this in her diary - and then she says, "The conundrum." Later she talks of him riding in the carriage with her and how she looks for him during their stay in Toronto, but she never sees him again. Tr ...more

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Expo 67 opens! Friday, April 28, 1967

Opening day of Expo 67, April 28, 1967  Montréal Canada

From the pictures that we have it was awfully cold that summer. But at seven years it was special for a lot of reasons. And now that I look back, well, the brochures and pamphlets take on a different meaning.

Toronto Star April 28, 1967  
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Book Haven: August group read - Conceit by Mary Novik 103 244 Aug 06, 2012 09:29AM  
Pablo Neruda
“Here I came to the very edge
where nothing at all needs saying,
everything is absorbed through weather and the sea,
and the moon swam back,
its rays all silvered,
and time and again the darkness would be broken
by the crash of a wave,
and every day on the balcony of the sea,
wings open, fire is born,
and everything is blue again like morning. ”
Pablo Neruda

Groucho Marx
“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

Henry Adams
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Henry Adams

Sylvia Plath
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

George Bernard Shaw
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
George Bernard Shaw

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