I speak English well, read French easily, speak it less so.
I was born in Chicago IL but grew up in Wellesley Hills MA, where my parents attended the Unitarian Church and I became active in LRY (Liberal Religious Youth). I attended Wellesley College, but graduated from Lake Forest College in Illinois. After graduation, I married Jack Rains, my psychology professor, and went to grad school in sociology at Northwestern University in Evanston IL. Jack and I taught at New College in Sarasota FL. We moved to Pittsburgh PA and then to Montreal when I was hired in 1971 to teach sociology at McGill University. Our son Adam was born in 1973. Jack taught at Dawson College until his death from leukemia at the age of 60 in 1993. I had used his name as my professional name for so long that I kept it even as Quebec insisted on restoring our maiden names for medical purposes, and I married writer Jim Lewis.
I became a Canadian resident accidentally, but finally acquired Canadian citizenship in 1990, thus becoming a dual citizen. I retired in 2003 and have enjoyed every minute since. I have taken writing workshops at the Quebec Writers Federation, and belong to two writing groups, one of which also includes Jim. Ten years ago, I took up painting (oil, landscape) taking courses at the Visual Arts Center and studying with fellow Unitarian and mentor Deirdre McCay. I’m getting better.
I am three-year-old Max’s doting Granny Prue, but I dote at a distance since he lives seven hours away in Rochester NY.