By Claire Drainie Taylor
“It’s an autobiography! If I let you know what’s in it you won’t learn the book.” — Claire Drainie Taylor
Or may you? probably you’d be intrigued through the development of a lifestyles all started as an unexceptional little woman born to a middle-class Jewish Canadian couple in a small prairie city who, at age 16, married a sophisticated Englishman, and survived the nice melancholy, in part by myself in a shack within the woods of Vancouver Island. Or how, just a couple of months after returning to Vancouver, with out education and minimum schooling, this comparable younger girl walked on degree at considered one of Canada’s most interesting outdated theatres, and went directly to a profitable thirty-year occupation as an actress and radio discussion author.
Having been forced by means of her kinfolk to write down her memoir, it wasn’t till she’d complete and reread her manuscript that Claire Drainie Taylor discovered what a unprecedented lifestyles she’d led. Her descriptions of the various attention-grabbing incidents that make up her tale, and the way she handled them, printed herself to herself in a manner that illuminates what she calls “The shock of My Life.”
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The coollee is good for running and playing. Ownly dont get your foot in a gofer hole. You mitght sparane your ancle. Goodbye. July 1926 Dear Diary: Daddy took us all for a ride in are Hupmobile. It is a car and I found out how to spell it from the front. In the back seat you can see out the back windoes but they arnt glass. They, have little craks and they bend if you toutch them. Anyway all there is to look at is the weet feelds and barley. There is some farm howses but not near the rode. The rode is bumpy so poor littel Dorothy got sick.
Patience, my children. Eegina is where we are. Poor old Regina. Maybe it's changed, but in the late 1920s, even to the uncritical eye of a Swift Current-born adolescent, Regina just didn't have it. Flat and grey I remember; cold I remember; dull goes in there someplace. The long, white, domed Parliament Building reflected in man-made, foul-smelling Wascana Lake, was the only impressive edifice. And, in all fairness, some rather pretty private homes lurk on the periphery of my memory as they did on the periphery of the city.
You get straws for drinking. Goodbye. November 1926 Dear Diary: A new girl at our school is Nancy and she asked me over for Sunday supper and when her mother put the roast on the table she called it a joint. And Nancy clapped her hands and said Oh goody its pork piggy — The Surprise of My 23 piggy pork. I didnt think it would be very nice if I told them it was uncleen so I said I felt a little sick like throwing up and I coudnt eat any. So they gave me toast and honey and tea. And then I was afraide to drink the tea cause Mom always says its for grownups.