She is envious because mermaids are sybarites. They don't do housework,
change diapers, or tires on the car. You never see them standing in line at the
grocery store because all they do is lie around looking gorgeous all day.
A well known Canadian potter has written a funny, quirky memoir which
stretches from her pioneer ancestors to the digital age.
She underscores the funny side of what might have been disaster in a family with
an alcoholic father in the forties and fifties. Her sister fed cat food on
crackers to their mother, and her piano teacher was locked up for molesting his
students. She invented Densa to protect her from the members of Mensa in her
As an adult, she was married three times, had three daughters, and became a
professional potter. Trips to Spain, Costa Rica, Baffin Island and Egypt are
full of wry humour. On a visit to The Soviet Union, the trip leader bent all the
spoons from the kitchen, Uri Geller style. This grandmother's memoir is full of
funny stories, life philosophy, and attacks on the status quo.
From Charles Duponte “I loved the book and think you are fabulous.
Congratulations on telling the story as it needed to be told. Your honesty and
humor is first rate.”
Mary wrote the book over thirty years, hoarding her ideas until she got a
lap-top computer in 1990. Flattered to be hired as manager of a craft shop that
year, she spent her spare time there writing her life story. The idea of turning
her stories into a book was the result of reading Too Close to the Falls,
an amusing memoir by Canadian Psychologist Catherine Gildiner. Publishing with
Lulu was a decision to retain control of the memoir after a friend wrote about
losing her husband in 911. Her publisher would not accept a book cover designed
by her mother who was a professional book designer because the publisher had
their own stable of artists.
About the author. Mary Lazier lives in the country north west of Toronto. She
has been a professional potter for over thirty years, focusing on porcelain
hand-built table ware. Recently, stoneware mermaids have become a passion, and
her property is known as a mermaid sanctuary.
Daughter Alison, age 10
Ali won “The Little Engine That Could” award at school for finishing the
mini marathon at her school. She came in last, so far behind that her mother
thought she must have been kidnapped along the way.
At home, Ali said that she had noticed that the other kids had Dads at the
school that day, and she needed a new step father. There were no likely
contenders, so she decided that I should marry the cat, Captain Shadow. She
officiated on the back porch.
“Do you take this cat to be your awfully wedded husband?”
“I do” and “Meow” from Shadow. Thereafter, we were Captain and Mrs. Mary
Shadow. He was a delightful husband. He always met me at the bottom of the
outside stairs when I came home in the car. He hopped on my shoulder and amused
the neighbours by proudly riding up to the house.
On a Trip to Costa Rica,
The bravest thing I ever did in my life was to go on the “Sky Trek” cable
ride, which took us 500 feet in the air, speeding along at about 25 miles an
hour for a distance of 700 feet in one case. The ad says,
“It is natural that people seek and marvel at the unknown. An adventure with
mysterious and unfamiliar places and life forms inspires emotion, sometimes
fear. Those people who overcome their fears and those who push their limits are
richly rewarded with new and satisfying discoveries of the natural world.
It didn't say anything about climbing 1200 feet vertically in a 4 mile hike:
nothing about climbing two towers of 100 feet or the 60mph wind blowing up
there. We were outfitted with harnesses which had huge clips to attach to a
giant zip line. We also had gloves and a hard hat. From a platform, we were
clipped onto the cable and pushed off into a cloud. There was a handsome young
man at the end of the ride to catch each person so they wouldn't run into a
large cement pole which suspended the whole thing. The game of “Catch the
Tourist” should be an Olympic sport; 200 pounds times 25 miles per hour
combine to make a mighty force. The young men said they climbed the trail three
times a day, and ate rice and beans to keep in shape. I thought that the
pictures from this adventure would make me the all time coolest Granny, but my
grandchildren were much more interested in the picture of a big iguana sunning
itself on the road.
Baffin Island, on a painting trip
The rocks of Baffin are wonderful to paint. They range from soft warm brown
sandstone, carved into voluptuous shapes by the wind and sea, to cold, hard
sharp-toothed black granite. Some rocks, called “Erratics” are bigger than
houses, and they perch precariously in odd places. Apparently, when the
permafrost melts, huge bits of the mountain fall off. There are incredibly huge
luminous blue-green icebergs floating in the sea, and miles of rolling tundra.
Even though the landscape seems like the deserted barren bones of the earth, it
is reassuring and peaceful in its simplicity. The tundra is beautiful in the
fall. Tiny scarlet and yellow flowers contrast with the black and white moss and
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