Stepping Towards Joy
A Life in Changing Times
Mary Lois (Williams) Pollard
She wrote this book at the request of a family member. When she was a young woman she had her fortune told by palm reading. It was said that she seemed to be seeking her way but that eventually her life would work itself out in three phases. As it happened the prediction seemed to be right. The first phase was her childhood on a Southern Ontario farm; the second was her departure from home and family into a wider world of scholarship and profession; the third her happy marriage and move to Temiskaming.
This book covers the first two phases in depth. The third phase has been extensively covered in her earlier book entitled Highway Book Shop-Northern Ontario's Unexpected Treasure. One might say that a retirement is her fourth phase but since she has remained in Temiskaming she maintains this is still part of that pleasant third phase. "My life now seems to belong here."
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Table of Contents
5 Setting The Stage
7 Chapter 1 Heritage
10 Chapter 2 My Grandfather, John Aikman Williams
22 Chapter 3 My Grandmother, Ann Eliza Daniell Williams
27 Chapter 4 Emerging From The Frog Pond
34 Chapter 5 My Parents, Sidney and Maude Read Williams
47 Part One "My name is Mary…"
48 Chapter 6 My Arrival, Mary Lois Williams Pollard
57 Chapter 7 My Early Years
64 Chapter 8 Childhood
78 Chapter 9 Pattern of a Farm Yard
90 Chapter 10 A Medley of Farm Family Faces
99 Chapter 11 School
108 Chapter 12 The World Outside
119 Chapter 13 More Of The World
126 Chapter 14 Middle Years
138 Chapter 15 Technological Advances
147 Chapter 16 Teen Years
159 Chapter 17 Growing Up
167 Part Two "My name is Mary Lois…"
169 Chapter 18 University
180 Chapter 19 Struggles With A Changing World
184 Chapter 20 Early Adulthood
196 Chapter 21 Questioning Lifes Purpose
208 Chapter 22 Getting On With It
221 Chapter 23 A Profession and Travelling
231 Chapter 24 Further Travels
237 Part Three "My name is Lois…"
239 Chapter 25 Marriage
247 Chapter 26 In Summary