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About epsnider

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.

NIAGARA FALLS and Falls View casino

This week I  took a day trip to Fallsview Casino arranged by residents of a nearby condo building. The cost was five dollars and included our round trip on a chartered bus, including a tip for  the bus driver as … Continue reading

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IRMA, IRMA GO AWAY — DON’T COME BACK ANOTHER DAY

Irma, Irma go away. Calm yourself down. take a dip in the ocean and stay there. There is enough heartbreak and suffering in the world without you adding to it. I am a snowbird. I have been receiving  emails and … Continue reading

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The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle, a film based on the 2005 memoir by Jeannette Walls, takes the viewers on an emotional  journal, as they become privy to the impoverished  life and unorthodox  upbringing  of The Walls children. A young Jeanette was portrayed … Continue reading

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I want my photo’s on my Italy trip returned to my post on WordPress and Facebook.

Where oh where did my pictures go? Oh where or where did they go? I suspect that i cloud had something to do with it. If you see them floating around in space, please send them back to me.

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I T A L Y… My TRIP!!!

It has always been a desire of mine to take a trip to Italy especially after seeing the 2003 film “Under The Tuscan Sun”, multiple times. I didn’t get to Tuscany but I did get to the  charming town of … Continue reading

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THE HAND IN MY SHOWER.

THIS IS NOT FAKE NEWS I have heard of reptiles and other things popping up through toilets, sinks and drains but never a hand– but a hand DID make an appearance in my shower. I know — I know you … Continue reading

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Update on my multi fractured upper arm

It has been five and a half long and painful months since I did a fancy and convoluted trip over my suitcase resulting in a broken limb.. It is a gradual and  ongoing healing process. I am learning to live … Continue reading

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