Buy a Book? Or Help Ukraine?

BWL Publishing, the publisher of my book “Our Bull’s Loose in Town!” Tales from the Homestead, advised its authors that their books are for sale on Smashwords for half-price, this week only. I had planned a post that talked about the book that recounts my paternal grandparents’ story, but given what is happening in Ukraine these day, that seems rather frivolous.

So, if you want to buy the book, go ahead. But I would prefer you to donate to one of the several agencies who are helping the 1.5 million (and growing every day) people who are fleeing from the carnage that Russia is inflicting on Ukraine. Even if NATO thinks their hands are tied, ours are not. We may not be able to drive a tank or fly a plane or guide a missile or fire an AK47 but we can donate. We can help provide food, clothing, shelter and transportation and, through that, let Ukrainians know that we care. We care about them, we care about their country, we care about their future.

Those of us who have never known war, who have never known what it is like to endure ceaseless and terrifying bombardment, who have never had to leave a son, a father, a husband, a brother behind to fight knowing all the while we may never see him again, who have never had to flee leaving behind everything and everyone we know and love, who have never had to wonder if we could ever go home again, who have never had to wonder if “home” will even exist — we are so blessed, so fortunate, so unbearably lucky.

It’s time for us to repay that good fortune. Let us do what we can. Let us open our hearts and our pocketbooks. Let us tell Ukraine we have not abandoned them.

Here are some of the agencies you can donate to:

UN Refugee Agency

International Committee of the Red Cross

Book a home or apartment through AirBNB for a refugee family to live in.

Save the Children

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“Our Bull’s Loose In Town!” – My grandparents’ story

“Our Bull’s Loose In Town!” Tales from the Homestead

A tiny shack in a vast prairie. Spooked horses and run-away pigs. A town half-destroyed by fire. The year with no crop. An untimely death.


Little did Addie Wright realize what she would face when she came west from Ontario in 1910 to marry her fiancé, Abraham Hanna. Based on entries in Abraham’s diaries, Our Bull’s Loose In Town tells the story of the author’s grandparents as they built their farm and raised a family in the Meyronne district of southwestern Saskatchewan. Through trials and triumphs, sorrows and successes, the horrors of the Great War, the prosperity of the Roaring Twenties and the dark years of the Dirty Thirties, they found strength and courage in their faith, in their indomitable humour, and in their family and neighbours.

This is also the story of the rise and decline of a prairie village, and of the political and social turmoil of a province and country in the first half of the twentieth century, all as Addie lived it.

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“Our Bull’s Loose in Town!” is available in bookstores  and as an e-book from the following sources: Chapters/Indigo, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, ScribdSmashwords and

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What Readers are saying about “Our Bull’s Loose in Town!”

Margaret was able to present us with a wonderfully rounded, factual account of what it was really like to pioneer near Meyronne in 1911. . . In spite of Margaret Hanna’s outspoken revelations about the darker side [of the 1920s], I still maintain that Our Bull’s Loose in Town is the most realistic look at life in southern Saskatchewan in pioneer days that I have ever seen.  Kay Parley, author, The Grass People

[The author has] a marvellous way of making history come alive. I think the secret to her success is having the book told from Addie’s perspective. Not just dry historical facts, but real life drama. Frank Korvemaker, co-author, Legacy of Worship: Sacred Places in Rural Saskatchewan

Margaret Hanna’s story of her grandparents’ journey as prairie homesteaders is a classic! It is cleverly written in her grandmother Addie’s voice. Addie provides a several decade play-by-play of her resilient family. The story unfolds concurrently with the initial settlement and development of rural southwest Saskatchewan. Improved finances, two world wars, a drought/depression and new technology are all woven in. Accordingly, whether you are a history buff, or just someone who grew up in a rural prairie community and can thus relate, “Our Bull’s Loose in Town!” is a must read!     David McCaslin, former Meyronne resident

I really enjoyed the voice of Addie Wright/Hanna and her exploits through historical Saskatchewan. I really loved the first person point of view and thought it lent a personal touch to the story. Vanessa Hawkins, author

This was an interesting semi-historical about a family on the Canadian plains. The story is seen through remembrance. There was laughter and sadness, and seeing the history of the recent past through the writer’s eyes fascinating. A good read. Janet Lane-Walters, author

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