Story List and Biography
For Mary McIntosh

Climbing Mt. Fuji

A Monument To Love
The Living Goddess
Pieces Of Fine China
What If...?
An Empty Envelope
My Serendipity Travels
The Great Depression
My Father and the Wonders of Nature
Piano Lessons
Along The Khyber Pass
Christmas Breakfast in the Himalayas

Photo of the Khyber Pass.

I've spent most of this year entering various kinds of writing contests, mainly for the experience, and also it's good practice to have to write something to conform with their requirements, either subject or word count.

In May 2005 two of my poems, "The Ballad of Trapper McGrew," and "The Garden Party," were included in a book of rhyming only poems published in Canada.  Out of the 200+ entries, only 50 people were considered. Copies of "New  Classic Poems" has now been sent to the Library of Canada (equivalent to the U.S. Library of Congress), the University of Alberta; Edmonton Public Library; University of Toronto; University of Western Ontario; Trinity College School; McMaster University, and the public libraries of Port Perry, Toronto, Oshawa, Clarington, London, and Kirkland Lake, Ontario.

One of the contests I entered, which is conducted every month, was to write a story using ONLY 100 words, no more and no less.  For July 2005 my story "Heat Wave" was selected.

Mary, now in her 90s, has written a memoir based on a five-year diary she kept as a teenager, from 1935-1939, and which she still has.  It’s was hard work, for even though all the events are listed, and even though “some days nothing much happened”,  it was difficult remembering how she felt and what her reaction was to certain events that happened so long ago.  Mary is fully convinced that all this writing is helping keep her mentally alert and active.

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