Thanks for stopping by.  I’m Virginia Foley, a Canadian nonfiction writer and memoirist.


I've had personal essays published in literary magazines, most notably: Dorothy Parker's Ashes, Read650, Talking WritingThe South Shore ReviewDreamers Creative Writing and Canada’s History Magazine, 


I am currently writing a memoir that uses a metaphor of Broadway musicals.  As a child,  I was raised on the tunes of Rogers and Hammerstein, Gershwin, Porter and Berlin.  In my book I explore the concept of a romanticized life and how I have striven to attain the happily-ever-after.  Music returns continually as a leitmotif through periods of happiness and profound sadness as this quest plays out.


For many years I was a social worker, but realized that what I really enjoyed was writing newsletters, life histories and case notes. I left that world behind shortly after marrying a British man whose job relocated us to Wisconsin, Montana, Scotland and the British Virgin Islands.  


In the past eleven years, my husband and I have moved nine times, witnessed five of our six children pledge their love in matrimony and welcomed new recruits into our combined family with the birth of seven grandchildren.  Seven years ago we moved back to my homeland of Canada and for the past five years have settled into a house on a pretty lake in Ontario. 


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Personal Essays

We smiled at one another, my eyes

not wanting to lose the memory of his



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