Shutterbug Showcase-Doors

I immediately thought of this door in Downtown Panama City when I received this prompt. We were there for Layce and Benyi’s wedding and it was a special week spend with their family and friends. Today is Layce’s birthday and she and Benyi are celebrating it in Canada. This is Benji’s first trip to Layce’s home country.
Thanks to @sashay909 for this challenge.


Now, it is your turn! Share photographs for the prompt “doors”. You have until next Thursday to share your posts. After that @niciacruz will share her photograph for the prompt ‘Summer in the City’

Authors (From My Hometown) Who’ve Made History

Alice Munro has been my idol for many years because she writes about realistic characters in realistic situations. I’m also proud to tell you that she comes from my hometown of Wingham,Ontario,Canada. I’ve read nearly all her books. One of her short stories was made into a feature length movie called, “Away From Her”. She is a very brave author.

Alice Munro was criticized harshly by people from Wingham when she first began writing. Her stories are fiction but she writes with such honestly that people believed she was writing about them. Every fictional writer writes about what he/she knows. That’s what makes a good story. Making the characters believable is what makes fiction sing. She stands by her books and maintains they are fiction. They’re really wonderful!

Most of her books are written about small town life and the characters who live there. Anyone who lives in a small community will recognize the people there. When Alice Munro first started writing, she was a mother of three small girls and in an unhappy marriage. She began writing as an outlet and to enhance her life as a housewife and mother. Her early books were a series of short stories and she is world renown for being a short story writer. She has also written a few novels and a biography about her grandparents.

Alice Munro was first published in the New Yorker Magazine. That was no small feat for a young mother from small town Canada. She has won many awards including the prestigious Governor General’s Award and the Nobel Prize. Here is her online bio:

Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published eleven previous books.During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the W.H. Smith Prize, the National Book Circle Critics Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Lannan Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and the Rea Award for the Short Story. In Canada, she has won the Governor General’s Award, the Giller Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Libris Award.Alice Munro and her husband divide their time between Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia.” ( Her beloved second husband has since died).

My dream has always been to meet Alice Munro and I missed my opportunity a few years ago when she came to Wingham to be honoured. There’s a little garden on the Main Street of Wingham dedicated to her. I only heard about the occasion after it was over. I was very disappointed. She is getting older now (in her 80’s) and in poor health so I fear I may never fulfill my dream. In the meantime I will re-read all her books. You can find a list of them here.

Here are 85 interesting facts about Alice Munro in honour of her 85th birthday.
This post is an extended version of previous one posted on my site. You can read that here.

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I might have dismissed this…

I might have dismissed this wonderful book that my mother practically begged me to read. She saId that I’d love it and I did. My two sisters also could not put it down. We all found it familiar because it’s about a woman who must decide what to do with her beloved family homestead when her parents can no longer look after it. It’s a grand old house on the shores of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, a small city , where both my mother and sister, each lived, several decades apart. The local references were of great delight to us but this memoir would appeal to anyone.

It begins after the protagonist, Plum, moves home to care for her aging mother. She and her siblings have differing opinions of how things should be handled. I’m sure anyone who has family can appreciate and find humour in these family squabbles. The story takes us back to when her parents first met and the decades that follow while they raise their growing family. Plum has many memories to relive and the reader feels connected while following along in this huge estate. It’s a true family saga, rich in drama and laughter. There’s heartbreak and joy throughout this lovely book. I didn’t want it end.

Thanks Mom!

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