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This month’s featured poet is: Jean Burbidge

Jean L. Burbidge lives on the last few acres of her family farm in north Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Since this is where she grew up, it isn't a surprise that her first novel centres around a farm.

She spent twenty-five years as an elementary school teacher while she simultaneously obtained a degree in English and a graduate degree in education. She is active in the organic movement, a member of Canadian Organic Growers and feels it is important to live as gently on the earth as possible.

She finds spiritual strength and power in the natural world: the cycles of the year, the bush and fields that surround her home. This is especially evident in her poetry which she has performed at several local events.

As a Raging Grannie she demonstrates for social justice while having a good time with like-minded women. she is a member and supports the work of Amnesty International and Council of Canadians.

If you don't find her writing, she'll be in her garden, walking, playing golf with her husband or curled up with a good book.

Her latest book "Rachel and The Soldiers",
is a wonderful children's story. Rachel is a hero we can all admire. Using her ingenuity she outsmarts a bigger, stronger enemy in spite of her fear. Although her situation is dangerous, we can 't help but laugh when we see how she outwits the soldiers so her friends can escape.

Her fiction based story is called "Death of a Dream".

Who hasn't fallen in love with a person that seems so inappropriate, to everyone else, that it almost becomes a matter of pride to succeed in the relationship? In Death of a Dream, Laura and William make us believe such a love can prevail. However, a family secret carries the seeds of destruction. When facing that secret proves impossible, the death of their dream becomes inevitable.

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