Featured Member – Donna Mroz Turcic
In a Whirl of her Own
Donna has a dream. In this dream she is a profound thinker, a writer of passionate philosophical masterpieces such as the world has never seen. She will also be the first to admit that this dream, given the world of exciting distractions all about her, is destined to remain just that.
Her Polish born parents ensured that she acquired their native language and a grounding in Catholicism, but after that the delights of growing up in South Western Ontario Canada were there to lure Donna outdoors most days. There were always trees to be climbed, cubbies to be built, bikes to be ridden full pelt, insects to be marvelled at, leaves to be raked in fall, toboggans to be launched down steep hills in winter. Life was for doing, adventurously.
Though she loved the social aspect of school, she feels that her education might have been more meaningful to her had it been conducted in the Socratic manner, with its dialectical enquiry and debate, perhaps under a tree in summer or round an open fire in winter. She disliked tests and examinations and still queries their validity for lasting education.
In the local library she loved the glorious array of book colours, shapes and sizes. Left to her own devices she chose mysteries, animal stories and tales of adventure and travel. These days she enjoys autobiographies, newspapers, magazines and short stories. Her book collection sports dictionaries in seven languages including Latin. Classical music and art also have a special place in Donna’s life.
At twenty-eight, despite loving her job as a Toronto Public Relations writer for Bell Canada, a major telecommunication company, she was bitten by the travel bug. After exploring the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska she then flew to Hawaii and Fiji. From there it was a short hop to New Zealand and finally Australia, where she has lived and worked all over (including Arnhem Land) for thirty-three years.
Is it any surprise, then, that from the young kid who was always out and about Donna has become a woman for whom meeting people of all walks of life is a passion? She does this by freelance writing; not only for Gold Coast /Tweed Seniors’ newspaper but also by preparing media publicity for individual artists and local art exhibitions. Each new day is still a challenge which she meets with characteristic optimism and verve.