Her house burned down, she gave birth in a neighbour's house when a blizzard blocked roads to the hospital -- for Mary-Jo Burles it was all fodder for her typewriter. "The Night Our House Burned Down" was published in Chatelaine in 1954 and "Arrival in a Blizzard" in The Family Herald in 1960. Burles collected most of her stories, published over 50 years, many in national publications. Most of Mary-Jo: Selected Writings from Cabin Creek Ranch covers everyday ranch life - bottle-feeding piglets, doing dishes and outside chores. She also includes stories she wrote: a dressmaker playing marriage counselor; a ranch wife's dream of a carpet of roses. In her fiction and her nonfiction Burles captures the kindness of neighbours and the generosity of friends.
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