About annette

Writer. Traveller. Walker. Bicycle rider. Past R.N. Past Town of Regina Beach Administrator, alderperson. Resident of Regina, SK Canada

It’s been so long I should start at the beginning

Many years ago, I wanted to be a writer.  However, I had difficulty spelling, and looking up each word in the dictionary was time-consuming. Then, along came the computer with spell check, and my world opened up. I was no longer tongue-tied and embarrassed to write my thoughts and stories.

As a youngster, I was known as the tattletaler in our family. If adults wanted to know something, they would ask me what I had heard. I don’t believe I did it maliciously, but I was curious about the people around me.

I also liked to be alone with my studies. In one house, we had a crawl space behind the wall in the upstairs bedrooms. I claimed one of those as my private study space. I also spent time studying in a car before I could drive.


When I was a preteen, almost the time when the amphibians crawled onto land and developed legs, my aunt shared her Harlequin Romance Novels with me. She read voraciously. I also read other books. I remember reading a story late into the night where I sobbed and sobbed. I don’t know the title or the story, but I can still feel the sadness in the pit of my stomach. And I can see myself in my memory in the upstairs bedroom that I shared with my sisters.

But being a writer wasn’t something I knew about. When people ask me why I became a nurse, I explain that for many women my age, there were few careers open to women raised in a family in the lower economic range, such as teacher, secretary, and nurse. (we already know about my spelling.)

One day in Grade 5, my friends and I walked to the convent to pick up our teacher, Sister Henry. I can see us on the wooden steps on our way up to the front doors of Saint Agustine School. Sister Henry asked about our future educational plans. The other girls said they would like to become nuns. I said, “A nurse. Isn’t this great? They all start with N.”

I had set my career path as noble as becoming a nun.

To be continued

Second row First girl on the right with ringlets





I post this on the longest day of 2023

My June Newsletter https://bit.ly/3Nh7Zqd is out. My newsletter administrator has changed my newsletter platform. We are hoping that if your copy found its way to your junk or spam file you will find it and then watch for my newsletter on the third Thursday of every month until your email recognizes that it is safe to arrive in your mailbox.

My inspiration for the topic came from a dance recital which focused on climate change. The dancers came out on stage as children dropping stones and then bread crumbs to find their way home from the forest. I wondered why Hansel and Gretel. With a little research, I discovered why.


Available on KU amazon and soon to be print

A swallow is considered good luck when you are out to sea and searching for your way home. https://www.amazon.ca/Follow-Swallow-Home-Annette-Bower-ebook/dp/B0C5RWMYRV/


My April 2023 Newsletter

Hello from this blogger slacker,
I write a newsletter once a month. I’ve been trying to find a way to have the total newsletter on my blog, but alas, there does not seem to be a way. Therefore I am including my link and perhaps if you find your way here, you will click through and find out what I’ve been doing and will be doing. bit.ly/3NdWEIQ Thank you.

And 2022 is off to a strolling start

wine glasses in the window 2022My resolution is to write one blog post a month. I have been sadly remiss in keeping up on my site.

Of course, the question is does anyone still read blogs?  Now there are many different platforms to catch the few minutes readers have to scroll through the internet.

I will post my newsletter after it is released for readers who want to keep up this way rather than subscribe.

Looking forward to keeping my resolution.