An ordinary person, Katharine Brennan calls herself. An ordinary person perhaps, but with an extraordinary gift for turning the prosaic into poetry, and for distilling the moments of joy in the often painful days. This title shares her personal journal; she teaches us as much about the meaning of courage, and reminds us of all that life holds.
Katharine Tayler Brennan grew up in Brockville, Ontario. Diagnosed with diabetes at sixteen, she strove for an ordinary life, traveling in Europe, managing in bookstores, developing her skills as writer, artist, and photographer. In Montreal, where she lived most of her adult life, she took courses in journalism and creative writing at Concordia University. She died in 1985 at the age of 42. Katharine Brennan's cousin, psychologist Elizabeth Parsons Kirchner, has lovingly preserved and edited these moving memoirs.