Last Saturday I was invited by writer Fred van Zuiden to the monthly breakfast meeting in Calgary of IPAC, Independent Publishers Association of Canada. Fred has written the WWII memoir, Call Me Mom, the gripping and entirely true saga of his life in hiding during WWII in Holland. At 80 Fred is the very picture of resilience and enthusiasm for life. Somehow, hiding in 26 different places including a chicken coop (jokingly referred to as the Chicken Palace) for four months didn’t kill his optimistic nature. We should all come through our trials as well. When we introduced ourselves in turn he said he had preferred to live a life in hiding for four years rather than take the room reserved for him at Auschwitz.
At age fourteen he ignored the danger and watched almost the entire battle of Arnhem from the roof of a nearby building. At one point an Allied glider sailed right by him and a paratrooper standing on the wing waved to him as they went by! Does it get any better for a fourteen year old boy? I got goose-bumps reading that part. Fred’s website is www.callmemom.ca Being around amazing people like Fred is a tonic and yet another reason to count our blessings in this country.
As for my new book, I’m excited to tell everyone that I now have a Pay Pal button on my website, www.restourheadonthewind.com and I have the book in my first store! Classy, Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, Alberta. Their website is: www.bluerockgallery.ca