My Idol, My Inspiration, My Muse, Author and Poet, Dorothy Farmiloe
Dorothy Farmiloe is now 94 years old. She is a retired English Professor but has had a life long writing career. Some of her titles are “Words For My Weeping Daughter,” “Blue Is The Colour Of Death,” “Isabella Valancy Crawford: The Life and the Legends,” “Mother’s and Daughter’s,” “Elk Lake: Legend and Lore,” and “The Legend of Jack Munroe: A Portrait of a Canadian Hero,” and many other collections of poetry, textbooks, and novels. She is the strongest,
determined, intelligent, honest, down to Earth, artistic and all around amazing woman that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She is a poet but has written several novels, some biographies and she wrote text books from her class notes she used during her years as an English Professor. She writes for 30 minutes every morning with her coffee, she loves her crossword puzzles, painting and her most prized accomplishment (if you ask her) is her flower gardens and every year she plants her vegetable garden in raised beds lined with railroad ties. Between the rows are small paths of pebbles. She lives in a modest A-framed cottage in Northern Ontario with a beautiful view upstairs and down of the lake, poplar trees, her flower beds and a flat stone walkway down the small gully, over a little red bridge with a babbling brook underneath and to a small beach with a sand, stone and grass dock for canoes. It is a magical place.
How do I know her and how do I know about her magical cottage set back in the enchanted poplar tree woods from the lake? I spent my childhood summers there, my Easters and my Christmas breaks because she is my grandmother. Dorothy Farmiloe is my grandmother. She has always been my inspiration and my idol. I check with her almost every week now and in fact I just called her to ask if I could post this. She giggled and said, “Oh yes dear that’s fine but Amy tell me more about this book and how it is being published.” She sounds a bit annoyed that I would not get an agent and a publisher and cruise down the old fashioned way of publishing. I tried to explain it as thoroughly as I could to someone who absolutely refuses to set up an email, does not use the internet and would have to go to the local library to use their computer to get online. She is a fascinating woman and I love her so much. Maybe I will write her biography one day.
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