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Margaret Virany
Worked at Toronto Telegram
Lives in Gatineau, Quebec
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A fashion flashback to an Aboriginal April, 1926 http://wp.me/p2dNT0-YA #aviation1926   
The end of April was the time when the Swampy Cree of Oxford House, Manitoba came back from winter camp, ready for the Spring season.Now Spring was here and with it came travelers from the South. E...
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Traditional Secrets of #Building a #Canoe with Your Kids and Going #Boating http://wp.me/p2dNT0-GZ 
The campus love story and need for a down payment that preceded this project are written up in last week's blog. Margaret Kell Virany   lover of language and literature, note-taker of Northrop Frye...
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After centuries of oblivion, #TheBookofKells manuscript full of #Celticswirls is a relic being cast in a new light http://wp.me/p2dNT0-4k
After centuries of oblivion, the relic is being cast in a new role.
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If channels for selling your book seem stale, why not search farther afield? I've just returned from a trip to Ireland, where the roots of my family memoir lie. http://wp.me/p2dNT0-IV
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Six pix present moments of 2010 road trip around the continent. Sing, ski, see sky, cry talking to a statue #roadtrip http://wp.me/p2dNT0-1gq 
#Yuma #ThunderBay #Sierras #Hollywood #PebbleBeach #SantaFe #TransCanadaHighway #MargaretKellVirany #seniorsroadtrip #seethecontinent #roadtour #barbershopquartet #skiing Happy Reading from Cozy Bo...
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Just finished enjoying The Book of Kells: Copulating Cats and Holy Men by Simon Worrall. Long-form journalism, superb, sophisticated, witty, fun. Breathtaking facts, historical perspective and predictions of impact on infrastructures and style. A few regrettable typos.
Margaret Kell Virany, author of A Book of Kells: Growing Up in an Ego Void.
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If people don't get or give enough love they go searching for it, and a good book can be their voyage. When I was coming of age in the fifties, it was still a bit of an anomaly for a woman who had ...
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This recipe from Biblical times is full of favorite ingredients and is perfect for  light enteraining. http://wp.me/p2dNT0-2z   #GoodFrifood
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Everyone we met had a joke to crack despite the hard times in sunny south Ireland in 2013  #Irishjokes #Irishtrip http://wp.me/p2dNT0-Iq
When we visited Ireland in May, 2013, the economy was bad but that could not deflate Irish buoyancy. After Tom and I left Dublin Airport, our first four steps on Irish soil were to pick up our rent...
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The end of the video is worth a peek where it shows a boy saying reading classics changed his life, and another boy singing Jamaica Farewell.http://wp.me/p2dNT0-1fU
Your child's self image and empowerment can grow because of one young woman's sharing of her early and lifelong passion for reading good books. Here's a video clip of the Classics Excellence award ...
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Dennis Sons's profile photo
Bryn Carthew's profile photo
Jason Holderread's profile photo
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Duane Kuss's profile photo
Tomohisa Fujii's profile photo
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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
Skills
Writing, editing
Employment
  • 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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Gender
Female
Other names
Kell
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Lover of language & literature, note-taker of Northrop Frye, journalist, editor, author, cook. Nurtured on Harvest Suppers, Strawberry Socials and Silver Teas.
Introduction
About
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!

Bragging rights
My husband Thomas and I have been happily married for 59 years. We have three children and five grandchildren.
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Currently
Gatineau, Quebec
Previously
Toronto, Ontario - Cochrane, Ontario - Cookstown, Ontario - Lemonville, Ontario - Orillia, Ontario - Montreal, Quebec - Ottawa, Ontario
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