Seven to Seventy: My Journey through Timeby Lavera Goodeye
In Seven to Seventy, author Lavera Goodeye chronicles her life's
journey. She begins by relating how her grandparents immigrated to
homesteads on the Alberta prairie before trains provided transportation.
Her parents met and married during the drought and depression of the
thirties. She and her two sisters were born during World War II.
Religious turmoil, mental illness and tragic loss to suicide were all
part of her young life. But she persevered, grew up and eventually
established a family of four sons. As an adult, she experienced loss and
found herself rebuilding her life while fighting for satisfying
relationships. She created a business around the skills of her troubled
second husband and discovered a talent for helping others to improve
their self-esteem and competency while learning to deal with loss. She
hoped that another degree would allow her to do development work, only
to have those hopes dashed. Even so, she found new ways to pursue her
mission to help others improve their lives. Today, Goodeye continues to
ponder questions about suicide, addictions and fundamentalist religion.
Through Seven to Seventy, she returns to family and roots to find
satisfaction in aging. She recovers mobility after major surgeries and
realizes that she enjoys her home and the people who are part of her
About the Author
Lavera Goodeye left her rural experience for education in
Alberta cities of Edmonton and Calgary, preparing her for satisfying
careers in grief support, adult education and parenting. Her marriages
offered new opportunities in business and agriculture. She later
returned to her original stomping grounds, where she lives close to
family and community, writing, gardening and participating in a seniors'