Mary Walsh is one of my favourite people in the media. On Monday night I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at the Bluma Appel Theatre in the Toronto Reference Library. The library has an ongoing program of speakers and events that are enormously interesting and they’re free. Interviewed by Toronto Star’s Richard Ouzounian, Mary reminisced about her childhood, her start in the entertainment business and over the course of an hour related experiences in a conversational format. She’s currently starring in a one-woman show entitled “Dancing With Rage” which despite Richard Ouzouian’s less-than-kind review is no doubt worth the price of admission.

Princess warrierStrong women always inspire me. Mary Walsh rose above a difficult childhood, alcoholism, an abusive relationship, macular degeneration and many professional failures to become a Canadian icon. A chronic under-achiever in school, she revealed that she got a total mark of 7 in her high school French exam. When compared with my own mark of 15, I’m an absolute genius.

I remember enjoying her along with Cathy Jones, Greg Malone, Andy Jones, Tommy SextonMary walsh and the rest of the cast many years ago on CODCO from Halifax and of course, more recently This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Mary and Cathy’s “Friday Night Girls” from CODCO still make me smile when I think of them. Presenting herself to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in her Princess Warrior character resulted in an unprecedented call by his Lordship to 911, a defense never before taken by any other politician. And she’s challenged them all.

Mary’s wonderful Newfoundland sense of humour and her natural intelligence combine to make her a wonderful writer, actor and social commentator. My dream would be to write and observe life from her perspective. In the meantime, I’ll just wait, watch and listen for more Mary Walsh.

Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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  1. I was too late getting tickets for that..went to four of those speakers last year . Glad you made it.

    1. Had to book early and it was worth it. Sorry you missed her – maybe next time. And thanks for reading.

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