Christ's Church Cathedral
I was born when babies were still born at home. Aunt Annie, who made it just on time, delivered me. Towser, the dog, licked my face. The house at 239 College St. in Toronto, is the site of a public library now. When I was in school, the library was just a block away. I read nearly all the children's books there, if I could reach them.
About fifteen schools later, I took an ATCM in piano at the Conservatory, then a MusBac at the Faculty of Music. My teachers were Ernest MacMillan, Healey Willan, Ettore Mazzoleni, and a few others - all of them heavenwards now. Then I went west, to Mills College, near San Francisco, where I studied with Darius Milhaud, did an MA in composition and modern dance. It was wartime. I was 'conscripted' into service with the British Army Staff. and the British Consulate-General. After that, the San Franicisco Chronicle - and here began my life in journalism. I returned to Canada, and in due course became music critic for the Vancouver Province.
Some years later, after a couple of years travel - by sea to the Far East, then Europe, mostly France - I returned to Canada, met my husband, John Rich, shared his many interests in sailing, country life, Irish Wolfhounds, and more. After his death in 1980, I first tried television production, then to church music, as organist and choirmaster. and finally theology, at Trinity.
I settled in Hamilton, to be near Toronto, felt comfortable here, bought a house with a big garden, was adopted by Abby, a cat, and here I remain.
|The Pope, the kids, and the Bird||September 2008||Parish News, Youth|
|I'm a graduate of the Cathedral||January 2008||Current Issues, Parish News|
|Anglican confession||March 2008||Current Issues, Lent, Scripture|
|David danced before the ark||April 2008||Events, Global Perspectives|
|All hail the humble rain barrel||May 2008||People|
|For all the saints this summer||June 2008||People|
|The doll's highchair||December 2008||Advent, Christmas|
|Goodbye George||October 2007||People|
|Isabel Lebourdais, Canadian heroine||October 2007||People|
|The consecration of Michael Bird: Unity and joy||November 2007||Bishop/Staff, People|
|Who do we think we are?||December 2007||Current Issues|
|Bishop Michael sends a message||November 2008|
|Liturgy 101: A long journey||October 2008||Liturgy|
|Excellence: A dialogue between me and my alter ego||January 2009||Leadership, Spirituality|
|Seeds scattered and sown||March 2009||Book Review|
|God bless aunts||April 2009||Liturgy, People|
|It seemed like a good idea||November 2009||Ecclesiology, Leadership|
|Advent in 1918||December 2009||Advent|
|Oprah and Sarah||January 2010||Christmas, People|
|Atwood and God||February 2010||Book Review|
|Make preparation||March 2010||Liturgy|
|Adele and the squarerigger||April 2010||Current Issues, Spirituality|
|Kindness and the courage to love||May 2010||Ecclesiology, Outreach|
|Holy mystery here and now||July 2010||Ecclesiology, Liturgy|
|Company is coming to the Bishop's Dinner||September 2010||Bishop/Staff, Stewardship|
|Cirrus 11||October 2010||People|
|The silver ladle||December 2010||Advent, Christmas|
|A new epiphany?||January 2011||Ecclesiology|
|Blair vs Hitchens||February 2011||Leadership, People|
|Awful hymns||March 2011||Liturgy|
|400 years and no birthday party||April 2011||Liturgy, Scripture|
|Good King James Part 2||May 2011||Liturgy, Scripture|
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