The one thing I am passionate about...
I have worked towards self discovery, emotional development and understanding of others and became a child psychotherapist. Now retired, this has evolved towards spiritual development through study at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing which has been one of the most exciting and extraordinary experiences of my life. I've always loved classical music, worked hard on my singing and continue to enjoy solo singing with friends.
I typically spend my leisure time
I like to take walks in the countryside, share pub lunches, watch TV and spend a lot of time reading. I greatly enjoy going to the theatre; at Pitlochry last summer I particularly appreciated Tom Stoppard's 'Arcadia'. At the Shaw Festival in Ontario this summer I went to Shaw's The Devil's Disciple', one of his most overtly melodramatic plays and all the better for it. Great fun. Here I enjoy going to matinees in Bath, Malvern and Cheltenham. I've also taken part in some local dramatics, including singing the Mother Abbess in 'The Sound of Music'. I've also enjoyed doing some choral singing and going to concerts.
The most influential person in my life has been
Warmth and openness to people and life experiences.
The first thing people notice about me
People say that I look upright and rather "proper". (Maybe that is part of my being rather reserved.) And they say that I put things into words well.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I enjoyed the memoir by Christopher Plummer that he calls 'In Spite Of Myself'. It's an account of his childhood in Montreal before the war, the old style and grandeur that his family lost, his early development as a musician and actor and then a detailed account of his career. He writes in a conversational, rather gossipy style, and details every famous name that he came in contact with, so I missed any serious study of his art, how he trained his voice and learned the difficult technique of speaking Shakespearean verse. But I couldn't help enjoying his descriptions of performances that I saw at Stratford, Ontario.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- My health
- So fortunate to have a charming home
- Meditation groups and healers in the area
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
Well, I tend to be over sensitive to noise and hope people won't speak to me in a pushy or penetrating voice!
Friends Describe me as
Affectionate, Articulate, Intelligent, Perceptive
A little more about me
Although I've lived in England for 41 years, I still speak with a Canadian accent.