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Margaret Virany
Worked at Toronto Telegram
Lives in Gatineau, Quebec
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Margaret Virany

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A happy author at times mistakes the real world for paradise.
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Is this the lifestyle we are trying to replace with social media?
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We seized this last inspiring moment. We and the old building with its organ pipes and choir loft harmonized and rode into the sunset with the country music group. We squirmed during a too-long ye…
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Gatineau, Quebec
Toronto, Ontario - Cochrane, Ontario - Cookstown, Ontario - Lemonville, Ontario - Orillia, Ontario - Montreal, Quebec - Ottawa, Ontario
Lover of language & literature, note-taker of Northrop Frye, journalist, editor, author, cook. Nurtured on Harvest Suppers, Strawberry Socials and Silver Teas.
Born on my grandparents' farm on the northern fringes of Toronto, I graduated in English Language & Literature from U of T, married my Varsity heart throb Thomas Virany and headed for motherhood and a career in journalism. Early employment was at the Toronto Telegram, Maclean Hunter Publishing Company, and freelancing for the Globe & Mail, the Montreal Star and Montreal Gazette. I was the professional public relations secretary at the Montreal YMCA ("until a man could be found"), and then at the Toronto YMCA (on merit). After giving birth to a son, I was assistant organizer of CBC-TV's first live nationally televised conference The Real World of Woman. Following the arrival of two daughters, we moved to  Aylmer, Québec. After three years as editor of the Aylmer Reporter, which went bankrupt, I became co-founder (with Arthur Mantell) and editor of a new paper, the Aylmer Bulletin. We worked out of our homes and our spouses helped too. In later years, when I opened the keepsake box full of love letters my mother saved, and looked at the diaries and photos my father left, I had a feeling someone was putting me up to something so I did more research. Six years later I publishedA Book of Kells: Growing Up in an Ego Void, to share their romantic post-WWI transatlantic courtship, adventures living among Manitoba's Swampy Cree, and exemplary lives, with a wider audience. To this I added recollections of my own uneasy coming of age as a minister's daughter. My new paperback book Kathleen's Cariole Ride will be released in late October 2014. It is the love story only, with 16 historic pictures. At the 2012 Centennial Conference honoring literary critic Northrop Frye, I was introduced for having had my class notes posted on the fryeblog by the Robert Denham Library, available for public download. I had come full circle from my college days and the shorthand I learned on my first job!

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My husband Thomas and I have been happily married for 59 years. We have three children and five grandchildren.
I am the author of three books. Kathleen’s Cariole Ride: A war bride answers a call of love in the wilderness and joins her missionary husband on an aboriginal reserve in northern Manitoba. A Book of Kells: Growing Up in an Ego Void: The raw emotions of the epic love and lives of two 20th century Canadian adventurers are confessed in their own words as their daughter presents letters, journals and photos. Her own memories of what it was like growing up as a preacher’s kid fill out the story. Eating at Church: One hundred and seventy-five recipes from fifty amateur chefs are interspersed with amusing anecdotes from the history of two Ottawa valley congregations whose combined age tops 350
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  • Toronto Telegram
    receptionist, 1953 - 1954
  • Maclean Hunter
    stenographer, 1956 - 1957
  • Toronto YMCA
    pupublic relations secretary, 1957 - 1961
  • Montreal YMCA
    publicity secretary, 1955 - 1956
  • CBC-TV
    program organizer, 1961 - 1962
  • Aylmer Reporter
    News Editor, 1974 - 1981
  • Aylmer Bulletin
    Co-owner, Editor, 1981 - 1990
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