About Julie Nadler
Julie Nadler spent 35 years as a high school teacher. She taught Moral and Religious Education (which included sex ed), Drama, Art and English Language Arts. She taught a few other subjects that she had no choice about but she prefers not to remember or commemorate those.
Julie did not marry and much preferred colleagues thinking her gay than to them trying to set her up. She was never interested in becoming a mother. She was happy as a single, independant woman pursuing studies, activities and hobbies in any way she wanted. During those years she occasionally dated but mostly sewed all her own clothes, studied painting (watercolour the preferred medium), got her black belt in Shotokan karate, learned to throw pottery, design and create stained-glass, and restored & renovated her turn-of-the-century home. Having been a vegetarian (mostly) for the main part of her adult life, she loves to cook and bake and can choose the right wine to go with her own creations.
After she retired she began to write, do volunteer work at Chez Doris (a day-centre for women), taught some sewing and became a yoga teacher . Currently, still teaching yoga, she is pursuing a serious meditation practice with teachers from True North Insight Meditation.
At the age of 67 Julie married her professional and personal partner, Malcolm. Part of her vows included “As a lifelong feminist, I have had concerns about marriage in general. Lately I’ve been thinking of my role model Gloria Steinem, who also married in her late 60s. She reminded all her critics, feminists and others, that not all marriage needs to be seen as a tool of the patriarchy. I take these words to heart, and I believe our union also passes her test. You have made me re-examine long-held beliefs (not my feminist ones!) You have made me want to grow; you make me better.”
Together Julie and Malcolm care for Shilo the omnivorous beagle, Sami the fastidious cat and their business, Yoga on the Park Studio. Malcolm is her exacting editor and enthusiastic publisher.
Her next big project, which is almost complete, is a book of short stories reflecting her experiences as a classroom teacher. Two other writing projects are in gestational form: The Cancer Year ( a novel) and NINE LIVES: Cat Tales (stories of the cats she has lived with).