Ruth Zavitz is a fifth generation Canadian whose first writing success was an honourable mention for a poem in honour of the designation of the trillium as Ontario’s Provincial flower in 1936. She now has tearsheets of over 375 articles, essays and short stories and has contributed to five anthologies. She has been three times a finalist in the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Contest but has been unable to break through to the top. She and her cat host a twice monthly critique group for the London (Ontario) Writers Society. Between times she lives in her sun porch among her orchids.