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Walk don’t jig

Tallis Steelyard

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Whenever I have time I like to loiter in one of the city’s markets and just watch the people going about their business. Let us just look at the scene here at the Ropewalk Market.

The first person you notice is Squeezebox Lil. Whilst she might appear unprepossessing, you can hear her across the hubbub of the market. She sits there with her squeezebox apparently playing to herself. Sometimes people will drop coins into her lap.

As a young woman Squeezebox Lil followed her husband (or at least the man she was living with) down into Partann when he went for a soldier.

Ten years and three children later her husband died but Lil stayed on with the soldiers as a nurse, the men of the condotta paying for her out of company funds. Finally when the condotta was dissolved she made her own way back to Port Naain.

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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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