September 2013

Married or ...merry by Kate Papas
“Greek Humour Editions…To all women of the world!”I chuckled when I read this book.Papas says that as the years flew by and life kept changing she had to find something to keep her sane and ultimately the remedy was to “only focus on the hilarious, the comic, the pleasant, the agreeable, the anodyne, the-what-ever-you want-to-call it aspect of situations.”

In this book she chose to take a tongue-in-cheek look at the universal institution of marriage. Yes, around the world WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT!! Admittedly, some of our conjugal lives are a yatch, others a warrior’s canoe, but we all have much in common, especially as far as our problems go.

Papas put a lot of research into this book of 40+1 reasons not to get married. She quotes Greek proverbs, Latin proverbs, Hindu proverbs, George Bernard Shaw, Virginie des Rieux (a French novelist) Francess Rodman (an American politician), the ceremony of marriage, Isadora Duncan, Mosaic Law, Benjamin Disraeli (British PM and Novelist), Greek sayings, Socrates, English proverbs, ZsaZsa Gabor, the bible, and oh yes, Bill Cosby! The list goes on (I don’t recall any American proverbs, but I may have missed them?? Are there any?)

To me this was a lighthearted spoof, filled with elements of truth about marriage but not a serious tome to convince people to choose to be merry, instead of married. (Note: Papas is still married to her original husband and has two sons.)

Though I don’t know her, I’d say Kate Papas is a woman of admirable character. From her biography I see she works with a drama group composed of blind people and in 2007 she won the second National Award conferred by the Ministry of culture on writers of Children’s theatrical plays, but I think she could (even may) do stand-up comedy!

I enjoyed the read. It depends on how you take it, but for me it was a lighthearted romp and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys humor with a glimpse of reality.

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Untying the knot by Linda Gillard

Fay and Magnus Gillivray, in spite of and because of all their flaws and humanness, totally captured me. Magnus Gillivary, who spent the years of his productive life working with an Explosives Ordinance Disposal team, came back from the Falklands War with PTSD.

Fay had spent their entire married life wondering if the man she loved would return home alive from his periodic deployments but she stood by him.

This story has so much depth to it; a love that survives all; mental illness, even divorce.  There are many turns and twists in this plot.  I lost myself in the complexity of this book; I also appreciated the realistic glimpse Gillard gave into the effects of PTSD. She made it very real but did not let it totally overtake the story line. For me this was a “solid” piece of work and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a read with well-developed characters, true love, a soul searching story line and a glimpse into the destructive world of PTSD, a mental illness that overcomes a person when they have experienced too much and cannot let it go.

For many years now I have thought about the people who fight for our freedom and come home mentally and physically wounded. We hear about PTSD–thank you Linda Gillard for giving us a peak into that tragic world. I will definitely be reading more of Gillard’s books.

You can purchase Untying the Knot by Linda Gillard  here on Amazon

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A week ago my husband lined up a trip to Bella Coola to market his books.  I usually go with him on all these trips because I do not want to see him make long trips by himself anymore. Lately I have been overwhelmed with computer work, dealing with his publisher and the publishing process for three of his manuscripts, as well as trying to catch up on my accounting and book keeping for 2013, so I was grateful when he found someone else to go along with him.  Then at the last minute his companion for the trip couldn’t go so I put aside my work and said I would go with him.  And it turned out to be a spectacularly beautiful journey and I was so happy things had turned out the way they did!

The trip is about 1000 km round trip from our home at Horsefly to Bella Coola. 

We’d had cloudy, showery weather but Tuesday morning when we left home it was a sunny spectacular day.  I’d been watching the weather network from Alexis Creek, to Anahim and on to Bella Coola and the forecast looked good for the days we would be travelling.  The weatherman didn’t change his mind–we had sunshine and clear sky all the way there and back.  Fall is my favorite time of the year  and the colors were a feast for the eyes.  It was a fabulous trip!


Bargain with a devil by gloria moulder

I believe that there could be few tragedies greater than being convicted and sentenced to prison for a crime you knew in your heart that you did not commit, nor the anguish and stigma that is extended to the innocent family who are involved in the situation.  The injustice of it would burn in your consciousness, crying out for absolution; for the truth to be told.  Only the naïve believe that the judicial system is fool proof; we see examples of its failings more than we’d like to admit.  Some people are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and at times people with notoriety, power and means can outsmart the process, sloughing off the responsibility and blame on a hapless source.


Gloria Gravitt Moulder has written this book to tell her father’s story and clear his name by revealing the true source of the tragedy in which his vehicle was only the instrument used to cause the victims death, not the true reason behind it.

Bargain With A Devil is not only the poignant story of Hugh Dorsey Gravitt who was sentenced to prison for causing the death of Margaret Mitchell (Marsh), a celebrity known as the author of Gone With The Wind.  It’s about the lives of Margret Mitchell (Marsh) and her husband, John Marsh: it is the result of painstaking research which reveals their destructive life style of deceit, manipulation, psychopathic behavior, sexual deviance, and alcoholism.

Moulder has painstakingly researched and obtained documents that support her work, and they reveal a story of corruption, injustice and abuse that is hard to deny. The information in this book is shocking and heart wrenching. This is a peek into the world behind the scenes in the lives of a proudly acclaimed couple who portrayed one image to the whole world and lived a totally different reality.

If you are interested in a page of American history, don’t miss reading this story.  It is painfully enlightening.

This book can be purchased on Amazon