Month: August 2016

Canadian Museum of History

My heartfelt thank you goes to Gérald Courcelles from the Canadian Museum of History. He just placed a generous order for my books and bookmarks.  The proceeds will be going to support Canadian veterans who haven’t the means for a proper burial.  The fantastic service provided by the Last Post Fund will ensure that these Canadian Military men and women will have a resting place of dignity at the  National Field of Honour.   Can’t beat that!!!

This is turning ouIMG_4161 (1)t to be another fantastic day!

My Birthday!

I have had the BEST day ever!

To start my day, I had breakfast and sang songs with WW2 veteran Paul Baytor.  I then went to John Bead and worked with Thanh Tran to first design and then purchase the parts necessary  for me to make the belt for my 1917 dress. By 11:30 I was at the home of Herb Pike, another amazing WW2 veteran.  We went out for lunch and later, spent the afternoon sitting on a deck in his backyard catching up on each other’s news. It is always a happy time when we are together!

When I got home, my team (Franklin-editor, Doug-layout and design and Elizabeth-proofreader) worked with me via computer until 10pm to finally complete the book  Legacy & Tradition.  At some point tonight or early tomorrow morning, Doug will be sending the file to JB Printing where they are expecting the book’s arrival!  Next step will be picking up the printer’s proof and driving it up north for Doug and I to pour over.  Can’t wait!

This was one action packed day… fantastic!!!!!

     Paul and I at breakfast                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Herb and I at lunch

Vimy Song Barrage

Today I worked with my Sound Engineer on the artillery fire that begins my song,  A Letter From Home.  Rob and I spent hours today on this 30 second segment!  With luck, the song will be finalized and mastered this week.

After working with Rob, I then went to see my proofreader to pick up her changes for my Legacy & Tradition book.  Elizabeth did a fantastic job and I am grateful to have her expertise working on my books.  The manuscript for this book was then dropped off to my editor who will send Elizabeth`s changes to my layout designer Doug.  With luck, we will all have tomorrow to go over the whole book before sending it to Jim at JB  Printing.

Now, to finish working on my Vimy book!  Almost done!

Shopping for a 1917 style dress

Today my niece Jillian and I went shopping for fabric to have a 1917 style dress made for me to wear.  Below is the image we used as our starting point.  It came from a dress pattern from that era almost 100 years ago.  I am having my seamstress Alba make this same outfit for me.  I will wear it this November, when I  sing at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.  I intend to sing my new song “A Letter From Home”.  This song will be coming out this October in my new book Vimy! Valour! Victory!  My team has helped me pull together a fantastic book!