Thanks for dropping by! Within these pages youâ€™ll find inspiring stories of everyday heroesâ€“from people who helped write Canadaâ€™s amazing story to more contemorary souls who inspire as they soar above personal challenges.
Learn about General Engineering Company (Canada) Ltd., a top-secret WWII munitions plant that filled over 256 million fuses for the Allied Forces. GECO employed thousands of women who doffed their aprons and domestic responsibilities to don factory uniforms, and risked their lives daily handling gunpowder and high explosives. Come read aboutÂ the realÂ “bomb girls,” the Â “Girls behind the Guns.”
Meet David Cragg, born in 1769, who claimed no spectacular life accomplishment other than living out an ordinary manâ€™s life in Englandâ€™s countryside like the humanity around him.Â David took a wife, had eight children, and worked hard to feed his family. He experienced profound joy and suffered great sorrow â€“ things that all mankind encounters and endures.
What sets Davidâ€™s story apart from the rest is the fact that David chose to keep a diary from the time he was 18 years old to just before he died in 1835. From the minutiae that made up daily life to sweeping world events, David recorded it all. He chronicled day to day weather reports, and his growing displeasure in the pettiness of his church. He wrote about the impact of the Napoleonic Wars to the tragic consequences of the Industrial Revolution. He recounted the devastation caused in his family by a grand consumption, scarlet fever, and the dreaded lake fever.
Widowed and penniless, David sailed from his beloved homeland with his children, endured a harrowing trip across the Atlantic, and emigrated to Upper Canada in 1833. He died only 18 months later after founding the town of Greenbank, Ontario.
Discover a string of Irish Memorials which dot the shores of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario,Â and payÂ tribute to the countless men, women, and children who left their lovely emerald isle for a better life in Canada, only to die from typhoid fever, cholera, or starvation aboard â€ścoffin shipsâ€ť before having a chance to live.
Looking for truly courageous people? You’ll find people within these pages who live with multiple sclerosis, a debilitating progressive neurological disease of the brain and spinal cord. Their courage, tenacity, and continued hope for a cure make their stories an incredible inspiration to all who pause to listen.
I hope youâ€™ll find your heart a little brighter, and your step a little lighter from having tarried within these pages.
P.S. My first novel, Mountains for Maddi is still available for purchase. The MS Society of Canada, through their campaign, â€śI Will End MS,â€ť is urging everyone to do their part to help end the devastation of multiple sclerosis. I will continue to donate 50% of the bookâ€™s net proceeds to MS research as my way to help END MS. Click here to read an excerpt from Mountains for Maddi and to purchase the book.
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