A Minute of Time with MaryLou Driedger
As I mentioned in my first post about MaryLou, she is one of the most fascinating people that I know. I find the way she lives her life with intention, may be explained in one of today’s answers.
I asked MaryLou the following two questions:
What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?
Perhaps the most interesting thing about me is that I survived the tsunami in Phuket Thailand in December of 2004. We were on a family holiday there. A series of changed plans probably saved our lives. This included switching to a different resort a week before we left, postponing a snorkeling trip we had planned for the day of the tsunami, and sleeping in and not going down to the beach the morning of the tsunami. Seeing the devastation later and the chaos at the airport when we left with so many grieving and wounded people, was a watershed experience for me that really changed my perspective on life and caused me to rethink some of my long held spiritual beliefs. It made me realize the importance of living every day to its fullest and making sure the people I love know how much I love them.
Right now I am reading From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon. It is my first book by this author and I am really enjoying it. The book was a gift from my eighty-five year old aunt who is a veracious reader. Every time I visit her I leave with a stack of books she thinks I will like. She has introduced me to many great authors. She is my reading mentor and has inspired me to try and be a reading mentor too and recommend books I like to others.
MaryLou Driedger is a newspaper columnist, art gallery tour guide and university student supervisor who lives in an old warehouse in downtown Winnipeg. Her favorite role in life is being a grandmother. She loves to travel, read and blog and dreams of someday having one of the stories she writes for children published.