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Thursday, December 31, 2015

The band, "Almost Famous" played music at Shangri-La this afternoon to help the seniors welcome in the New Year. It didn't matter that it was several hours too soon. They would be in bed by that time.
Happy New Year Bloggers! We can begin a New Years Tradition by keeping in touch and reaching friends for feedback. Mavis, whose book is up on Grassroots Publishing site, and Iris whose Western Youth Novels on the site are here to blog as well. How far is our reach?
I accessed this today by going to: www.blogger.com, up came the Grassroots blog, typing my entry, then clicking on the orange box PUBLISH.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Hello Grassroots visitors,
Thanks to our wonderful tech-savvy nephew, Skye Lowry, we have a blog set up. I'd like to give you a quick overview of who the writers are on this site. The primary author is Lillian Ross, the former teacher, musician and singer, and aunt to sisters Iris Tuftin and Mavis Lowry. What as inspiration Ross (Lily) has been to family and her home town community of Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada, as she gathered family memoirs and completed trilogies of works that brought to life the histories of both her and her husband's families. In addition, the story of Cougar's Crossing tells the story of Iris and Mavis' father's family story. All of Ross' books are written as historical novels, where colourful characters come to life and readers become totally engaged and invested.

I, Iris Tuftin (nee Lowry, daughter of Lillian Ross' older sister Gladys MacIntosh), wrote a series of youth western novels in the early 2000s. Also a former teacher, I helped with the editing of Aunt Lily's books.

My sister Mavis Lowry, also a former teacher and educational central office professional, shares her writing talent and personal story in "I Married the Principal."

We look forward to keeping you informed and hearing from you.