Maggie O'Brien produced CBC Radio's St. John's "Morning Show" with weatherman and traffic reporter Wilf Dyke, a former broadcaster with great knowledge of Newfoundland and Labrador. Despite debilitating arthritis, Wilf charged ahead and thoroughly enjoyed life. Every morning he greeted Maggie with, "Fine day, maid," even if it was spitting with rain or the hailstones would bash the eyes out. Her respect for Wilf with his love of language and broadcasting skills prompted the naming of our publishing company - Fineday Books.
Fineday Books is owned and operated today by three Newfoundland women, Ann Bell, Helen Peters, and Janet Peters - energetic women in their fifties and sixties - who decided to focus their professional expertise and great love for home on this publishing company whose publications, by both text and illustration, reflect the values and heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador. The books that we produce are solution based and encourage the stimulation of imagination and reflection on the basic values of our province's way of life and culture, in the past, present, and future.
The first book published, The Way of the Little Green Dragon, 1995, by Maggie O'Brien, was compiled from her research with young people who had problems concentrating their thoughts and controlling their emotions and who attended special breathing classes that she ran. The idea of a small dragon which became angry destroying everything around with fire was the way they felt when they were angry. The group looked at techniques to calm young people and small green dragons. The aim was simply to describe some techniques that could be used when a person felt as though s/he would explode with anger. The book, designed to fit in the back pocket of a pair of jeans, sold out. We are considering publishing an updated new edition.