A Little Bit About Me

I was born in Atlantic Canada, the second youngest of four children during a time when country kids attended one-room schools and all children rode their bicycles and skated on frozen ponds without protective helmets to safeguard their noggins.

When I write fiction I try to always write honestly, try my best to capture imaginary people involved with real-life problems and dilemmas.

My writing also focuses on finding humor in the everyday, often mundane swirl of activity going on in the world, and I use my sense of humor to try to remain somewhat sane. It has served me well thus far, although it is difficult to predict what the future holds.

When I was nineteen I married my childhood sweetheart and we shared many wonderful years as husband and wife and parents to two great kids. We were definite that we would grow old together and that when the time came to die, we would do so holding each other’s hands. But that was not to be. My husband died four years ago, at the too-young age of 56, and now I am on my own, for the first time ever. My new journey is scary and unpredictable and I write about it, too, as I’m pretty certain that I am not the only person in the blogging world who shouts out at life sometimes and laments that this is not the future we had planned. If I can touch somebody by writing about my journey through life then I want to share as much as I can, about the good times and the bad, the laughter and the tears, the “who is that old person staring out at me from my mirror?” and the “I am so much more comfortable in my skin now than I was when I was much younger.”

I have published several ebooks; you can check them out here: Sylvia Morice on Smashwords, and here: Amazon.com, if you are so inclined.

I began this blog in the summer of 2009, intending to post recipes and stories from my mother’s kitchen, but after a short while decided to add creative articles and stories on a variety of non-kitchen topics as well. I hope you find something in my posts that piques your interest, and of course, I’d love to read any comments you may choose to write.

Thanks for visiting. And remember, don’t  be a stranger.

54 thoughts on “A Little Bit About Me

  1. Wow….after seeing your blog and reading some of your writings, I am more than flattered you took time to read and comment on my blog. Thank you so much for that. I look forward to sharing your blogging journey with you! I’ve signed on to follow!

    1. Thanks for your kind words…I too look forward to sharing our blogging journeys together…I have been lax at blogging this past year but am now determined to stay back with it now that I’ve reconnected again. I will definitely follow your journey as well, so keep writing!

  2. Hi there … just noticed something – you’re the second-youngest, not third-youngest – that would mean there were two younger than you 😉 … you ARE third-oldest though – that’s probably what you were thinking 🙂

  3. Hi Sylvia. I am a descendant of the Wells family of Pte du Bute. I would like to correspond with you so that some blanks in the family history can be filled if you are in fact of this family. I will keep underage children names private if you wish. You can withhold any names or information you are not comfortable sharing. I actually thought you were married to a Morice but anyways glad to have found your blog. I was from the “area” originally and used to work in Sackville. Thanks Sharon Reid

    1. Hi Sharon,
      Thanks for contacting me. I was, in fact, married to Gary Morice, but he died in Dec, 2009. My mother in law is the former Reta Wells from Pointe de Bute so is likely from your line. Her father was Alysford Wells and she has/had several brothers. I would be happy to help you with any information I can find for you…just let me know what you are looking for. You can contact me at sylvia.morice@gmail.com

      Good luck with your search.
      Sylvia

  4. Hi,

    Great blog. Just came across your blog and wanted to know if you would be interested in guest blogging on a new retirement site at retirementandgoodliving.com. If interested please drop us a note via the contact page on the site.

    Thanks,
    Simone

  5. you look like someone l,ll met before ,Did you ever live in Labradour City NFLD ? L,m going to make your mom,s gumdrop cake now.

  6. l was checking out grumdrop cakes on pinterest and your mom,s came up ,you look like someone l have met before ,did you ever live in Labradour city NFLD ?

  7. Hi Silvia … a very refreshing blog-site. I understand your desire to retire to a cruise ship. I want to retire to a south Pacific island, where all I need is a hammock, my laptop and wifi. Good luck!

  8. Hi Sylvia,

    I’ve just come across your post which has just been Freshly Pressed, “What is Humor”. The comment section on that is closed, so I hope you don’t mind if I comment here on that particular post.

    I’m a freelance cartoonist and concur with much of what you say here.

    Apart from the old problem of “creative block”, the main problem is knowing how funny (if at all) the cartoon is.

    The stand-up comedian has it made as he/she gets instant feedback (which may include rotten tomatoes), whereas we (writers & cartoonists) can hide behind the keyboard, but rarely know how effective we are.

    I run most of my cartoons past my wife and look for her reaction. This is not the perfect method, but it’s all I have.

    Another problem I have is understanding the audience. It’s hard to create something funny for people much younger or older than yourself, or for people from a different social or political group.

    I feel the basics of any good humor creation (verbal, written, or image), is to set the scene, and then deliver an unexpected twist in the situation which may ridicule or exaggerate something or someone.

    But it’s all good fun, and creates a great challenge for the head muscle.

    I concentrate mainly on political and editorial cartoons, and have done caricatures and humorous illustration as well.

    Samples of these are in the 4 sections of my blog (menu across the top of page).

    http://cartoonmick.wordpress.com/about/

    Cheers

    Mick

    1. Hi Mick–I’ll certainly check out your blog today. I can imagine that drawing humorous cartoons is a challenge; I think that writers and cartoonists share many of the same issues whether we are trying to write humor or draw humor. Lots of trial and error and going with your ‘gut’. You’re fortunate that your wife gives you feedback on your work. Does it bother you if she doesn’t like a particular cartoon and if she doesn’t like it, do you change it? Just curious.

      1. Hi Sylvia, My wife’s response can vary a lot.

        If she gives it the “thumbs down” I’ll drop the cartoon, or try to modify it. Or sometimes, (if I really like it), I’ll run with it regardless of her opinion. (sometimes not a good idea as she was right).

        I watch the corner of her mouth and see how much it curls up towards a smile. That’s always a good indication.

        On rare occasions she breaks into a brief cackle. This is normally a great cartoon.
        These assessments give us something to discuss and can sometimes lead to an even better idea (but not often).

        If the creative juices aren’t running, then I take the day off.

        Cheers

        Mick

    1. Thanks, Sonia! I wish I knew what you could do for me regarding that–maybe suggest writers check out our indie book review blog to see if it looks like a fit for their books at indiepicks.wordpress.com
      Best of luck with your blog tour, by the way–I read your first three stops today, and had to chuckle at myself, because the other night I actually thought you were stepping off the plane in Paris–not a virtual Paris–so was really surprised when you emailed me so quickly. LOL When will I ever learn? 🙂

  9. Hello Sylvia!
    Thanks for visiting my little blog. I think I fit into the kind of blogs you might enjoy, I am ‘of a certain age’ DOB 1960, and I am trying ( my mought to Gods ear) to age gracefully & well, albeit with a wee bit of kicking and screaming. I have enjoyed wandering around your world and plan to come back soon.
    Namaste
    Cheryl

  10. Hi Sylvia,
    It appears that someone has hacked your Twitter account. You might want to disable it and start a new one or at the very least change your password.
    Michele

  11. Hi Sylvia! So sorry about your husband. I look forward to popping back often to read your wonderful blog. Good luck with your novel. I am writing a memoir and am finding out just how maddening writing a book can be. Happy Writing to you and have a great day eh! 🙂

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Idiot (somehow it seems weird to write ‘kind words’ and ‘idiot’ in the same sentence.)! You have a great day, too, eh! Looking forward to reading where you are next in your cycling trip.

  12. Left you a phone message….i’m speechless so well writen .
    Very inspiational and witty.
    I’m so proud to be your friend for another of your hidden talents

  13. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog: even after taking the time to read my novel – oops, I mean ‘comment’ – on your earlier post! Canada is on my list of places to visit for sure, and I am lucky enough to have acquired a couple of contacts in Québec so it’s one that might conceivably happen, as well!

    Your ‘memory’ post really did inspire me to start thinking about writing down my forgetfulnesses so I won’t forget them (does that make sense?) when I’m older. I’m considering doing so in a blog-type format and I hope you wouldn’t mind if I trackback to your original post?

    Thanks : )
    Megan.

  14. Hello Sylvia,
    I just discovered your blog. You write fluently and with the added humor , it’s pleasant to read. ( I admire people for that, cause I’m not so good with words myself. )From what I read so far, you’re a very nice and courageous woman.
    I recently started a blog of my own. Still isn’t ‘au point’ yet, but is it ok if I make a link to your blog?

  15. Hey, hey–don’t say that no one will ever read your novel!! In this age of Kindle and Createspace, if you have some writing talent to call your own (and I would say you do), there exists someone somewhere (and maybe, just maybe multiple someones multiple somewheres) who will read and love your work.

    All the best to you (truly),
    Jennifer

  16. Hi, Sylvia. Enjoyed your post on mosquitoes and congrats on fresh-pressed. (Definitely try those clip on things, by the way–they work!) You might enjoy my blog, sassyhealthysixty.wordpress.com focused on wellness, beauty, and the attendant matters that come with aging.

    Keep writing!
    Best, Donna

  17. Hi Sylvia, just wanted to let you know we love your blog and hope you can have a read one day at ours – we would love feedback from you since we admire your work!

    Much love,
    Camille

  18. Hi Slyvia,
    Loved reading your “Gift of friendship” what a lovely article> I t just goes to show how people love you and how respected you are. You truly are a wonderful person but hten i always knew that about both you and Gary. can hardly wait to meet up one day soon.
    Mary

  19. Hi Sylvia,

    Nice to ‘meet’ you.

    The blog is fantastic and I shall be back often to visit.

    You sound like one busy lady, I am not sure how you fit everything into your day, but you deserve every success with your many ventures.

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