The history of the first women’s shelter in Alberta Canada is ready to order!
Go to http://www.enable.org/winning/ for purchase information.
Volunteering and working to start the first women’s Shelter in Alberta in 1969/70 changed my life. It introduced me to the excitement of working with non-profit organizations that are making a difference in society, and especially to using my ability to write things that may help make the world a better place: that’s no way to get financially rich, but for me, it’s been the richest way to live.
Now, May 21, 2020, I am thrilled to say that a book telling the 50 year story of that Shelter is available at http://www.enable.org/winning A committee of 4 of the original founders and I researched the story, and I wrote it. WINning: The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Opening a Women’s Shelter tells the story of the work involved, society’s changing milieu from the late 1960s to 2020, and stories of some of the founders, the workers, and the women who have used the Shelter. If you are interested in the ongoing efforts of people to help women and children stay safe from violence, this is a book for you.
A writer, a traveller, an adventurer—that’s me. I have written poetry, stage plays, short stories, novels, and non-fiction—mostly social justice writing about housing, women, and law, plus a few travel articles—and these have been published or produced over the years. Among my favourite non-fiction gigs was working as the Editor in Chief of LawNow, a public legal education magazine. Another favourite was developing Rainbow English, an ESL website for a group of street kids in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. And the most recent, researching and writing WINning: The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Opening a Women’s Shelter has been a wonderful experience.
As is obvious from the photos above, I am in love with Latin America, especially Peru, but all of the South and Central countries I have travelled in, or more to the point, the Latin Americans I have met, become friends with, lived with, volunteered with, helped build new schools by hand. I am currently finishing a novel based in the Andes (working title Dance Me a Revolution).
In the early 1970s, I briefly met a couple of ex-Nazis in Oslo. They were lovely older people, perfectly ordinary grandparents. Yet I knew they had been supporters of the Norwegian Nazi party before and during WWII—the husband had gone to jail briefly for his participation. The conversation we shared over smorbrôd set me on a lifelong search for answers about how and why people make decisions, what they do if they discover later that a decision was a bad one, and how they move forward. Is this an obsession of mine? Yes.
You can ask questions about the new book, WINning: The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Opening a Women’s Shelter, and the upcoming novel, Dance Me a Revolution, and my past writing through firstname.lastname@example.org
Some Past Publications & Productions
A Little Story about Polar Bears (English & Spanish 2016) self-published
The Great Canadian Diamond Rush and Arctic Mirage (2010) self-published
Stalking the Goddess Ship. (1999) Vermont, USA: New Victoria Publishers.
Fighting for Air. (1995) Vermont, USA: New Victoria Publishers.
The Case of the Purloined Socks. (1995) Edmonton AB: Catalyst Theatre.
Adventures in Figleaf Gardens. (1994) Northern Alberta Tour: Catalyst Theatre (1991) Edmonton AB: Catalyst Theatre
Atahualpa Does Time. (1990)Cleveland Ohio: Cleveland Pubic Theatre.
A Wealth of Voices: A History of the Edmonton Social Planning Council 1939-1990
Lightning Strike. Workshop West Theatre (1984) Edmonton AB: Access Theatre of the Air, Access Radio; (1986) New York: New York Women’s Theatre Co.; (1984)