Live. Learn. Write.
I’m the behind the lenses, author of the words kind of person. In classic drama or opera or the Robertson Davies’ book of the same title, I’d be the player called Fifth Business. Fifth Business is neither heroine nor villain yet instrumental in making the plot happen. I’d far rather learn about you than talk about myself and building relationships is at the core of who I am.
The more I learn, the more I realize I have lots to learn.
When I was a child one of my nicknames was Small Fry.
Now I understand. I really am a small fry in a great big world of learning.
I love uncovering the story that is the essence of each person I meet. As a young reporter/photographer I was sent off to capture a 25-word cut line and photo of a gentleman celebrating his 103rd birthday. Imagine my editor’s mixed reaction when I turned in a 1,000 word biography. To my delight, my editor also found his story intriguing and she published the whole piece.
I am thankful for the charmed life I have lived and now as I enjoy the good fortune of retiring from a full-time career years before the magic 65, I feel there may be a few things worth sharing.
Hard work is second nature to me. I’ve had many job labels such as reporter, photographer, writer, communications strategist, marketing manager, editor, fund development officer, alumni relations director, executive director, events coordinator as well as janitor, production line worker, salesperson and motor vehicles clerk. What has been common to all is the ethical, dependable approach that I brought to each role as well as my sense of humour and ability to laugh at myself. Yes, that and my love for my co-workers and the people that I was fortunate enough to have met.
While I’ve always worked hard, I’ve balanced it with playing hard. Not that I am an accomplished athlete or anything like that but I am passionate about golf, tennis, hiking, scuba diving, skiing and a variety of other sports. In addition, I love to read, travel, cook, eat and drink as well as appreciate fine art and craftsmanship, culture and music.
I was lucky to be born in a family full of love and had a magical childhood that I still embrace. Humans matter deeply to me as do animals and nature in all its wonder. I care about the world around me and can easily be stirred by elements impacting the universe around me. My husband sometimes teases, “Roz is so soft, she cries when someone lets her merge in traffic.”
I do have trouble tolerating people who are prejudiced or pompous or completely self-serving. However, I do try to remind myself to analyze their position and the why of it. And when all else fails, I trust that karma will prevail. I don’t need to witness these folks receiving their measure of karma because I have faith that there are much greater powers than me making such decisions.
My family liked to move a lot. When people hear that I’ve lived in Hull, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; Winnipeg and Fort Churchill, Manitoba; Crooked River and Regina, Saskatchewan; Olds and Calgary, Alberta; Nelson and Penticton, BC, it’s always assumed that I am an army brat. However, only two moves were transfers and that was when my Dad worked for the Department of Public Works. A huge gift my parents gave me, my brother and sister was to act like tourists for the first month of anywhere we moved. Through that simple lesson, I learned to find the beauty in whatever location I find myself. So, while I am Canadian by birth, my perspective is global.
And so that’s me – a middle-aged gal, married to the love of my life, Mark, and slave to two precious felines, Baja and Floyd. I hope you will let me and my menagerie into your life and together we can explore this wonderful world around us.