My story about Annie Funk, a Titanic passenger was popular. One reader said she had been at a Titanic exhibit in San Diego where each visitor received a replica of an actual boarding pass with information about a passenger on it. The passenger on her pass was Annie Funk.
My post about living in the Exchange District received lots of feedback and it was even re-posted on the Residents of the Exchange District website. It also resulted in an interesting chat with a businessman in the Exchange area who invited me out for lunch after reading my blog post.
The second most popular post I did was about my husband’s grandparents’ Henrich and Gertrude Enns. Family members appreciated it but many other readers said they had enjoyed it too.
I started my post describing an afternoon of artistic painting I had done with a group of friends by sharing an anecdote about a teacher who had embarrassed me by making fun of my art work in front of the whole class. Two other women from my home town responded telling me they’d had the same art teacher and each woman recalled a specific incident when they too had been ridiculed in front of their fellow students because they lacked artistic ability. I guess it made me feel a little better to know I wasn’t the only one. By the way this week I signed on as a volunteer at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Wouldn’t that surprise my old art teacher?
My cousin Al responded to my post about The Street Where I Live to remind me that Louis Riel did not lead a rebellion but a resistance movement. Al says……Riel’s actions in what is now Manitoba are usually considered a resistance rather than a rebellion. The government of Canada did not own the land they were surveying to take over when Riel set up his provisional government. In fact, much of the list of rights suggested by Riel’s people comprise part of the Manitoba Act which made Manitoba a province. People who think of Riel as a traitor use the word ‘rebellion’ while those who consider him a hero use ‘resistance’
A friend who lives in Hawaii was happy to learn about the Georgia O Keeffe connection with his home state after reading my blog post about Ms O Keeffe’s visit to Hawaii.
A thoughtful young person reading my post about the famous people who have planted trees at the home of Canada’s Governor General made the astute observation that you don’t have to be famous to ‘bear fruit’ with your life and make a difference in the world.
Lots of people contacted me regarding my post about Giving Things Up For Lent to let me know what they were giving up for Lent.
After I wrote a post about famous Manitoba criminal, Kenneth Leishman my friend Les sent me a message to let me know that in the 1960’s Ken had often come into the grocery store where Les had an after school job and he remembered that Ken had been a polite, well-dressed man.
My post about the first story I had published at age 10 mentioned a former teacher of mine Helmuth Klassen. Someone who reads my blog sent him the link and then he sent me a lovely letter with some of his memories of me as a student and told me about what has happened in his life since he was my teacher.
The best thing about writing this blog is the way it is connecting me with new people and reconnecting me with people I have known in the past.