Virginia (Ginna) Dowler was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1971. Ginna studied history at the University of Toronto, intending to pursue a career in publishing. A brief stint at a literary agency taught her that Canadian publishing does not pay, and she turned to the more lucrative career of Technical Writing. Following a move to Victoria, BC, she started at Quester Tangent. She remains, seven years later, now managing transit electronics projects. She is single, and spends her free time kayaking, dating, and renovating her old house. Ginna blogs at Gin and Tonic, which is both a title and a name pronunciation guide.
Why do you blog? > It started as a way to showcase my renovation projects to friends and family, but evolved, as these things invariably do.
What has been your best blogging experience? > Getting comments and emails from total strangers in other parts of the world.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Somehow the readers will find you. Just keep going.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > Aristotle, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, John Knox.
What are you reading at the moment? > The Mystery of Capital by Hernando de Soto, God's Secretaries - The Making of the King James Bible by Adam Nicolson, and a trashy novel.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler.
What is your favourite poem? > W.B. Yeats's 'He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven'.
What is your favourite song? > 'St. Brendan's Way' by Lowest of the Low.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > I once worshipped at the church of the UN, but I don't believe anymore.
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > Mark Kingwell's The World We Want - Virtue, Vice and the Good Citizen challenged my philosophical views, and made me think about the nature of citizenship in a modern society, even if I don't agree with all his conclusions.
If you could effect one major policy change in the governing of your country, what would it be? > Reduce the power of the Supreme Court, and return to Parliament-led (and made) law.
If you could choose anyone, from any walk of life, to be Prime Minister, who would you choose? > Me! I think I'd be great.
What would you do with the UN? > Trash it and start over, maybe with a union of democratic nations.
Do you think the world (human civilization) has already passed its best point, or is that yet to come? > I believe fervently that the best is yet to come.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > That, short of criminal activity, you are unlikely to ruin your entire life with bad decisions at 18.
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > Absolutely. It would add spice.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > A sense of the appropriate.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Passivity (and its partner, indecision).
What is your favourite proverb? > Two if I may: 'The soul of the sluggard craves, and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.' (13-4) And the blogger's special: 'To make an apt answer is a joy to man, and a word in season, how good it is!' (15-23)
What, if anything, do you worry about? > Big earthquakes.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > I'd become an electrician.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > A colony on Mars.
What would your ideal holiday be? > Kayaking in Baja or the Queen Charlottes.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Kayaking, hiking, renovating, gardening.
What is your most treasured possession? > If animals may be counted as possessions, then my cat.
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? > Evelyn. It just rolls off the tongue.
What talent would you most like to have? > A photographic memory.
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > Same job (project manager), only for NASA. Either that or a travel writer.
Which English Premiership football team do you support ? > Chelsea. But hockey is the sport here, and I support the Vancouver Canucks.