A Wise Old Girl's Own Almanac
Memoirs, Fiction, Essays, Recipes and Poetry
Joyce Harries’ gently humorous collection of memoirs, fiction, essays, recipes and poems will make you think about your past, present and future with smiles and hope.
Joyce gives us glimpses of her Western Canadian childhood in the 1930s, her love affair with husband Hu, the parenting years, the empty nest, widowhood, old age pension years and her “made up” stories. This all while the taste of food floats through the mix.
“Fine in the way of old tapestries, aged wine and deep friendships. Joyce Harries has rendered a book that illuminates the vagaries of ordinary life with grace and truth.” Margaret Macpherson, author of “Body Trade”, Northwords Prize winner, 2012
“From her crystalline memories of childhood to the humorous vagaries of old age, Joyce Harries finds the unique in the every day. With the touch of a poet and the eye of a storyteller, Joyce invites the reader on an odyssey of a life lived with exuberance.” Marion Brooker, author of picture book “Tadeo’s Search For Circles” Fitzhenry and Whiteside IPPY gold medal winner 2012; “Hold The Oxo!” A Teenage Soldier Writes Home, Dundurn Press 2011
In a cultural climate that inundates us with sound bites of information, leaving us emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually undernourished, A Wise Old Girl’s Own Almanac offers a smorgasbord of poetry, recipes, short stories, and personal remembrances that satisfies and delights. With gentle and straightforward wit, author Joyce Harries skillfully sifts and kneads through her pantry of memories, wordplay, and observations with a balanced combination of wistfulness, pragmatism, and optimism.
Renee Layberry, FriesenPress Editor
Joyce Harries was born an only child in 1928 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She began writing humorous pieces about the vagaries of old age when she was almost seventy. Now, at eighty-four, her third book, A Wise Old Girl’s Own Almanac, tells about turning twenty on her honeymoon and what she learned at the side of an academic, entrepreneurial, politician, rancher, Shakespeare-quoting husband.
They had six children together, losing their eldest son in the polio epidemic of 1953. She was a runway model from the age of fifteen until she was in her early forties. Joyce was widowed at fifty-eight, when husband Hu had a massive heart attack while riding his horse in a competition. She worked as a florist and caterer and ran artist’s retreats at a vineyard in the Okanagan region of Canada.
She has had three books published: Girdles and Other Harnesses I Have Known, Twice in a Blue Moon, and A Wise Old Girl’s Own Almanac. She has spouted poetry in cafés and became a guest speaker talking about the twists and turns in her world and the possibilities that await those who try something new in later life. People reading her books have gained insight through reflection on their own walk of life. She is presently working on a novel.
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