Jura Hold Eye

ABOUT JACKIE JURA

(author of Orwell Today website)

Jackie Jura

Firstly and foremostly I would describe myself as a self-educated woman. Everything I know about the world I learned through reading and travel (from home in Canada), and this continues to this day. I consider myself an expert in two areas - George Orwell and John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Further information about myself follows:

In 1989-90 I attended a social-work type college program where I came up against political correctness to such an extreme degree that I was instantly reminded of Orwell's 1984. This resulted in my creating Orwell Today in 2001. Anyway, in one of those infamous college classes the instructor assigned us to draw a picture encapsulating our individual essence, ie what makes us tick, and then stand in front of the class and explain it. He wanted us to focus on our positive attributes, not our negative. I believe that the picture I drew then, and which is on the wall in my office today, is a good description of me to this very day. Therefore, for readers who have emailed wanting to know more about Jackie Jura, the creator of Orwell Today, I'll describe the images and captions of my picture, going from left to right in a clockwise direction.

BIO PICTURE
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Firstly I drew a hummingbird sucking nectar from a flower; a baby bear climbing a tree; a deer drinking water; a dolphin swimming and an elephant walking. I captioned it: LOVE ANIMALS AND CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Secondly I drew my face and head with a book covering everything except my ears and eyes. The left side of my head is lifting open and question marks are floating out of it toward spiral galaxies in the distance. I captioned it: OPEN MINDED, CURIOUS, FULL OF WONDER, QUESTIONING, WELL-READ, INFORMED

Thirdly I drew myself with a telephone receiver to my ear and captioned it: LIKE TO KEEP IN TOUCH

Fourthly I drew my house and front yard with my husband and two sons waving from the window. Smoke is puffing out the chimney. In the grass between the trees and flower beds sit my dog and cat. Above the carport there's a basketball hoop and in the driveway a bike, skateboard, football and soccer ball. I've captioned this: BLESSED AND AESTHETIC

Fifthly I drew a big round circle into which I placed a tree with branches leaning over a child holding its mother's hand and an old person leaning on a cane. I captioned this: "PRO-LIFE" RESPECT ALL STAGES OF LIFE

Sixthly I drew a couch, coffee table and two chairs, upon which sit my husband, myself and two friends, all holding drinking glasses. I captioned this: SOCIABLE

Seventhly I drew a globe showing the western hemisphere. I captioned this: WELL TRAVELLED

Eighthly I drew a treble cleff and notes on a musical scale. I captioned this: APPRECIATE CLASSIC ROCK & ROLL

That's all there was on my picture, which I've reduced and scanned for people to see:

As things stand now there's only one thing I'd change. I'd remove the SOCIABLE drawing and replace it with a drawing of me swimming laps in a pool. The caption would say: LIKE TO KEEP MY BODY TONED

I hope that answers peoples' main questions about myself. For more technical details I'll say that as I write this in December 2003 I am fifty-three years old and although I've worked in various fields such as secretarial, administration, education, sales and real estate, I am presently self-employed as a writer.

I derive most of my inspiration through reading history and biographies by and about great people like President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and other people I admire. From their example I derive strength. The driving force behind my motivation is best described by JFK:

"For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that
we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air.
We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."
~ JFK, June 10, 1963

"With a good conscience our only sure reward,
with history the final judge of our deeds,
let us go forth to lead the land we love,
asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that
here on earth God's work must truly be our own."
~ JFK, January 20, 1961

"The definition of happiness is
the full use of your powers along lines of excellence."
~ JFK, October 31, 1963


LEGENDS LOUIS & JOHNNY BOURASSA

BLUE WILLOW DISH-HUTCH POEMS

BLUE WILL0W POEM DOWN UNDER

B-17 PILOT SPOTTED BOURASSA PLANE

THE FLYING BOURASSA BROTHERS

ORWELL BIRTHDAY TYPING WIGAN

POONA & MOTIHARI ORWELL MEMORIES

JOHNNY BOURASSA DIAMOND IN ROUGH

EDWARD VIII STAMPS/POSTBOX/ABDICATION

ORWELL'S WALLINGTON ROYAL MAIL DELIVERY

ORWELL BIRTHDAY TYPING CATALONIA

listen JACKIE JURA INTERVIEW MURDER OF JFK

POSTCARD FROM ORWELL'S JURA

watch WHAT IS TWITTER?, video Jackie Jura interview

TWITTER IS ORWELLIAN NEWSPEAK

watch ORWELL TODAY LIBYA WATER VIDEO, Jackie Jura radio interview

listen JACKIE JURA INTERVIEW ALL ABOUT ORWELL

ORWELL BIRTHDAY TYPING COMING UP

1984 CHERISHED BOOK COVERS

ORWELL HOMAGE-PILGRIMAGE APPRECIATION

CLIMBING TERRY FOX MOUNTAIN

ORWELL BIRTHDAY TYPING ANIMAL FARM

ANIMAL FARM HARDCOVER GIFT

MY TERRY FOX MEMORIES

ORWELL TODAY & TOMORROW

ORWELL BIRTHDAY TYPING 1984

WORKING FOR ORWELL & JFK

BLUE WILLOW PLATE POEM

BIT BY ORWELL BUG

ANIMAL FARM COMIC IN MAURITIUS

GRANDPARENTS' HORSES & HOMESTEAD

IN MEMORY OF LOUIS BOURASSA

ALL-AMERICAN MEMORIES

PRO-LIFE PREGNANCY PERSPECTIVE

A DAY IN ORWELL TODAY

MEETING ORWELL THROUGH BOOKS

GARBAGING WORLD'S PURIST WATER

U-2 SEARCHERS FIND BOURASSA

JOHNNY BOURASSA'S MISSING PLANE

SNOW WALKER JOHNNY BOURASSA

JOHNNY BOURASSA FLIES FARLEY MOWAT

THE BOURASSAS OF PEACE RIVER

ORWELL'S TYPEWRITER A REMINGTON

ORWELL'S TYPEWRITER MY GRANDFATHER'S

ORWELL & JURA GRANDFATHERS VICARS (reader wonders why my great-grandparents are buried in India)

BLUE WILLOW DISHES POEM

ANCESTRAL BOOKENDS TO ORWELL

TRIBUTE TO LOUIS & JOHNNY BOURASSA

JFK WAS GOOD, THAT'S WHY THEY KILLED HIM

JURA MEANS JUSTICE

Jackie Jura
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~

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