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Margaret Virany
Worked at Toronto Telegram
Lives in Gatineau, Quebec
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Before and After. Kindness and Hard work power sensational garage and garden restoration project.  http://wp.me/p2dNT0-1pb
The owner transformed what was left of a century-old coach house into an electrically-equipped workshop/garage. "I pulled out all the weeds when they were four to five feet tall. It took ten days t...
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We waited 60 years for this anniversary but succeeded in making it spontaneous as well as planned.
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Although the term “editing” is used somewhat generically, there are actually several types of editing varying from “light” to “heavy,” with increasing levels of
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Click on http://www.mediaclubofottawa.ca/ to find out what this traditional, woman-instigated club with a record of great monthly speakers has in store for you starting Sept. 21. New members and volunteers welcome.
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Here's a grandfather you would not have wanted to have in a powerful story written by a woman who escaped abortion. http://wp.me/p2dNT0-1lt
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Raised By Collies, This Lamb Thinks It Is A Dog!
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From shed to Paradise. Beautiful garden and garage/workshop renovation in downtown Toronto's Leslieville/studio district. http://wp.me/p2dNT0-1pb
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Happy Solstice everyone (summer or winter)! Greatness grazed me this week when I met a famous author. http://wp.me/p2dNT0-1li
Fortunately I had done my homework by reading all the advance releases from the organizers. One of her earlier books was on Gwendolyne MacEwen, a poet whose mentor was Frye. Knowing Sullivan was an...
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How to realize this Saturday's major literary festival/book fair is all about you. http://wp.me/p2dNT0-1kg
Is there a big name writer you absolutely don't want to miss meeting or listening to? Make a note of when and where to find and talk to them. Prepare for a crowded site. Bring a camera, your wallet...
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Gatineau, Quebec
Previously
Toronto, Ontario - Cochrane, Ontario - Cookstown, Ontario - Lemonville, Ontario - Orillia, Ontario - Montreal, Quebec - Ottawa, Ontario
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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.
Work
Occupation
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