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…my first paid honest day’s work… I was nine years old…

Seumas Gallacher

…when yeez become a quill-scraper, lots of people are genuinely interested to know from where yeez conjure up yer characters… for this ol’ Jurassic, a simple delve back into my formative youth in Docklands Govan in Glasgow provides a mix of many colourful personalities… our family lived on the ground floor of a grey-stone tenement… the back end of the ‘close’ or corridor into the building opened out into the ‘backcourts’, a stretch covering the entire inner length of the street… in the middle of the area in these backcourts a brick wall separated our backcourts from those of the street parallel to ours… the wall ran all the way up the centre, a couple of hundred yards of cemented brick, interspersed with ‘middens’ all the way up… a ‘midden’ is the Scottish term for the wee structures housing the communal rubbish bins for each section of the tenements……

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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