beatrix potter has always been one of my heroes. she had a vision and she brought it to life. when i first moved to newfoundland (1975), pregnant with my daughter, i would come into corner brook some days with my young husband who was teaching summer school. and sit all day in the cool library and read. and one of those books i read was an autobiography of beatrix potter. it was not easy for a victorian woman to say no to marriage and yes to living a comtemplative, creative life. i wanted to name my daughter beatrix. to instill that bravery into her.