Oonah’s mother, Agnes, was born in 1914 in Northern Ireland. Their neighbourhood, the Rectory Estate in Ballymena, was always a place where neighbours of all denominations lived in friendly co-operation with each other. Her mother made sure the children all played nice together, and she ensured that they would have knowledge, not prejudices, by taking them to every church in the town and explaining if it were needed what was going on — not why “they were wrong”. Their next-door neighbour was called Senga McQuillan — a nice woman and a good neighbour. This is what made Oonah who she is despite the ‘troubles’.
You can find Oonah at http://www.oovj.wordpress.com and all the sites in the Header list, http://oonahs.blogspot.com/, at her former employ at www.everydaypoets.com, this autumn as guest editor at The Linnet’s Wings http://www.thelinnetswings.org/?pageno=1#, and as three-times winner at http://www.microhorror.com. Or you could just Google Oonah V Joslin and see what happens.