Who Am I?

Let me introduce myself.

I am a daughter, a sister, and an aunt. I am the third eldest of nine, split between two families. My family consists of two sisters, one brother, two half-brothers and three half-sisters. I am an aunt and a great-aunt. I have twenty nieces and nephews. These include full nieces & nephews, half-nieces & nephews and step-nieces & nephews. I also have a great- niece and three great-nephews.

I am old. Okay, technically middle-aged. I turned forty-eight on my birthday in the Spring of 2008.

grey temples

Grey at the temples. Why is this distinguished on a man but not on a woman?

I didn't think I was that grey.   :-(
I didn’t think I was that grey. 😦






I am single. I guess, technically, I am divorced.

Ms.01I am a feminist. A “Helen Reddy I am Woman” feminist. There are those who would consider me a radical feminist – but they would be wrong. There are a couple of blog posts just in this paragraph alone.

I am a bookworm. A word worshipper. I read around three books a week, ten magazines a month and I write. I read everything, anything – song lyrics, fiction, non-fiction, picture books, young adult books, poetry, newspapers etc. – but only in English as this is the only language I know. I’m waiting to master English before I move on to a second (or third) language.

I’ve lived in Calgary, Banff, Canmore, & Medicine Hat in Alberta; Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Weyburn, & small-town Saskatchewan and Montreal, Quebec. I’ve seen most of Canada from Vancouver Island to Montreal. I’ve been as far north as La Ronge, SK. I want to go East and to the Far North (Yellowknife, Dawson City). I’ve touched a toe into the United States- want to go to San Francisco & Disneyland & Broadway. The last time I was overseas I was a babe-in-arms – only London haunts my dreams and maybe Loch Ness. I miss Montreal the most because of the connections I made there. It’s where I went back to university in my thirties and it’s where I grew up the most.

montreal subway london-undergrouind-map

I was born at the tail end of the baby boom (1960 – I remember the young Elvis how handsome he was), came of age during the 1970s (bought the very first issue of Ms. magazine at thirteen) and became a working adult during the boom of the 1980s (I worked in childcare & was poor). I never even considered, growing up, that I would live and work and grow into the millennium.

I’m using a pen name, a pseudonym, because I want to explore and talk about all of me (all of us, all of it)! The blood, guts, tears and sex that make up life. But I don’t want to hurt or embarrass the people I care about.

This is part of my first blog post, the full post can be read at https://solitaryspinster.wordpress.com/2008/09/22/hello/.



  1. livingdilbert said,

    I really, really like your blog and your writing. I too…use a pseudonym! I’m a bit of a loner when I can be and crave my alone time…keeps me sane. I’ve added you to my blogroll if ok with you !

    • solitaryspinster said,

      Thanks for adding me. I’m not doing a blogroll (yet). Glad you’re enjoying the blog. I enjoy yours as well.

      • Christa said,

        Greetings Lady of the Loch:

        Yer scottish tour mate here having located your contact info via another member of the Royal Scottish clan.

        Hope all is well and to reconnect!

        Hasten ye back….

  2. livingdilbert said,

    Just know your blog…all the way down in the South..gives a smile!

  3. solitaryspinster said,

    Hi Christa,

    If you’re interested in writing my email address is hidden to the right in the “Copyright Information” section.

    Not sure when I’ll “Hasten ye back” but glad not to be anywhere nearby this year with all the royal wedding hoopla.


  4. broadsideblog said,

    Just spent a week in Banff, in February! Loved it.

    I’m also a Helen Reddy-era feminist. Wish it had not become a word young women now tend to eschew.

  5. Connie T said,

    I like your blog. I will follow you so I can come back and read your stuff.

  6. Sunshine said,

    Thanking you for visiting 🙂

  7. Micheala said,

    well i discovered your blog through a card carefully placed in a certain book lent to me by my schools librarian. i must say though your blog is a delight to read, and looking forward to more of it.
    … Now what to do with the card…

    • solitaryspinster said,

      I’m curious Micheala, which book was my card in?


      • Micheala said,

        The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

  8. amberrockliffe said,

    Hi Laura! We would love to chat with you for a Global News segment re: your lovely knitting for the Broadway Ave. Statue–my cell is 306-261-1581…thank you!


    • solitaryspinster said,

      Hi Amber,

      I’m not Laura.

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