Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

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HPIM0089This post will tell you a little bit more about yours truly. My About Me tab should really be titled “Why I Blog”.  Or something.  Other bloggers have way more imagination than I, and trust me, I envy them! Creativity? I’ve got enough to make me dangerous. I’m marginally more apt, technically.

I am a wife, a sister, an orphan (sad face), an aunt (happy face!) a friend in a small circle connected to the big ol’ universe. I have worked all of my “adult” life mostly in admin or clerical functions. The work that I enjoyed most was AutoCAD drafting for Bell Canada. It was a lot like playing with a big Etch-a-Sketch. Is it any wonder that computer games are so enchanting for me?

As of March 31, 2016, I declared myself retired and then promptly moved to Northern Ontario.

I arrived here after eighteen- that’s  18!  – moves. Sometimes the relocations were job-related and sometimes relationship-related. I have been married thrice. (Say it with me: three times a charm!) No kids, two cats.


I am spiritual, but not religious. On Facebook, you will  note I answered the question thus: we are all connected, so play nice.

There is so very much that I have to learn, but I have much to share, too.  Hence, the blog.



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36 replies

  1. I am sooooooo glad that I am not the only one who loves hanging out laundry, I adore the fresh smell of it once it’s dried, my husband thinks I’m mad! I am also a bit of a chatty blogger so please feel free to waffle on, I love it. Pleased to me you


    • Heya! Thanks for the smiles! And pleased to meet you, too. Yup, I’ve hung laundry on the line ever since I was a girl helping mom on wash day. It does smell wonderful and it is a contemplative pastime, too. Now I suppose I’ll ruin the sweet sounding sentiment by the following confession. I have no choice. We don’t have a dryer. During one of my umpteen moves, the condo I purchased came equipped with an apartment sized washer, but no dryer. I figured that if the former owner could manage, well then, so could I. That was about 10 years ago and I haven’t regretted that decision, either! Did you know? In some communities here in Ontario there are by-laws AGAINST unsightly laundry on the line. Unbelievable!


  2. Thanks for sharing. Nice to meet you – looking forward to reading more of your postings!


  3. You sound interesting (so many WISH they were) and where you live sounds (and looks) wonderful. Since you’re AutoCAD trained, can’t you pick up a telecommuting contract position? Though you hardly have time to work between games and daily blogging : ) I’ve been sampling your short and charming posts. (How do you manage to just toss them so smoothly and easily, anyway? Good grief.)

    Thank you so much for your “Follow” on The Last Half!


    • Wow! What a wonderful thing to say, thank you! You read my mind: telecommuting is on my wish list. I intend to upgrade my AutoCAD (it’s been a while) this summer. As for the “tossing out”. I think it is exactly as you say. These stories have been hanging around for a while in my noggin. Now that I’ve started to blog, I’m unloading. I’m actually a little worried that once the initial spew has spent, I’ll be at a loss for words! Thanks again for taking the time to comment!


  4. Another mad woman! – such fun! WHERE are you, precisely – I mean, at this moment in time, not during any one of your previous 17 moves …?


  5. Canuck through and through and ditto as regards Marge from this hemisphere!


  6. It is SO nice to meet you. :))) Thanks for following my blog.


  7. Hello Maggie!
    Thank you for following my blog. I know how many interesting blogs are out there and feel honored that you picked mine to follow. I hope my stories entertain and inform and my photos bring you joy and wonderment.
    I love both of your About pages.
    I travel mostly local but try to always find interesting places. I have lived in several different places and dig through my archives of photos to bring glimpses into places I have been. Sometimes I post a recipe because food tells a lot about culture.
    I am not a professional photographer, so my photos are sometimes a little fuzzy and there are telephone poles and wires and other things along with what I was photographing. The older photos are 35mm, the newer are point and shoot digital and a few are Samsung Smartphone.
    I am new to blogging so if you have any advice or critique please drop me a comment.
    Thank you again for following and to quote Mark Twain: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
    Iris the Wanderer


  8. Hello Iris – thanks for your lovely note of introduction. I look forward to seeing and reading more from you. By the way, my “fairy” godmother was named Iris.


  9. Nice to meet you Maggie. I look forward to reading your blog


  10. Just gaggling about learning more about your 🙂 AUTOCAD – I worked in the financial side of a venture capital firm who invested in high tech. I was always fascinated by the multiple software disciplines, but did not think I’d have aptitude – especially for the design related ones. Now I wish I’d explored something design-related. Good luck on your finals this week. You are a very good writer, and have very eclectic tastes. That’s a win-win for me 🙂


  11. I, too, love to hang laundry on the line and where you live sounds like central Canada paradise – I was actually hoping you would name your town. I like to connect with fellow CND’s via blogging. Anyway – here’s me following along for the ride.


    • Hi Francis! Delighted to have you aboard. And super pleased to find another Canadian. Not that I’m overly patriotic, but it makes a difference, somehow, to share common culture/experience. I grew up and remain close by my hometown of Kitchener, Ontario. In Paris, actually. You are on the west coast, is that correct? (I must admit I haven’t found time to delve very deeply into your blog to find the answer)


  12. Thank you for visiting and following my blog! I’ve been reading yours and I am enjoying your writing very much. I’m looking forward to much more! 🙂 All the best, Linda


  13. I miss hanging laundry on a line. I too worked for Ma Bell as a demographer. Think maps people and statistics. I wish I was creative.

    Your town sounds wonderful. Like the places Alice Munro described. I am living in a megalopolis. For a minute,I thought you were quoting Bill Wilson then checked and it was Bill Watson. Don’t know him.


  14. Among many other things I just read here, ditto the laundry on line fanaticism! Such a great practice all around. 🙂


  15. Hi, Maggie. I have seen many of your comments on Joanne’s blog and finally came to check out yours! I love your writing style and I love your zombie pic on the About page. I can’t wait to learn more about you!


  16. Hi Maggie! Thanks so much for visiting my blog & for following! I look forward to sharing stories together 😉

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  17. You enjoyed AutoCAD? Oh and just when I thought we could be friends… I was going to say that no sane person enjoys AutoCAD, but that would imply that I am sane. I went to school for an additional dozen years or so just to avoid having to use AutoCAD. So I can’t very well declare myself sane…. That being said, it’s great to “meet” you and get to know you ! Your other qualities will more than make up for the whole Acad thing… 😉

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    • LOL – in my defense, it was a CAD program in DOS (not windows) loosely based on AutoCAD but a specially designed software for Bell – so not exactly up to industry standards. For instance, we didn’t draw to scale.Which probably drove all of our other industry partners nuts when they had to use our plans to update their utility drawings.

      Do you like me better, now? 😉



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