My Florida Articles

Since I live in Florida, it naturally ends up as the topic for some of my articles on the eHow website.  Here’s what I’ve written so far:

It’s Pouring Down in Florida

Winter’s are dry in Florida, but this year seemed particularly devoid of rain.  The pretty lakes in our community withdrew from their shoreline and some became fetid as the 80 and 90 degree days sucked up the moisture this spring.  I quit taking photo walks with my camera.  Too hot and too few wildflowers to capture.

Finally it rained.  It wasn’t just the afternoon thunderstorm that Florida specializes in most summer days.  Somehow the lows, pressure systems and other weather factors conspired to produce days and days of rain.  Thunder, lightning, heavy rain, a brief smattering of hail, steady hours of rain, drizzle, then back to a downpour.  Wow, in four days the lakes came back to cover the six or eight feet of barren shoreline.  Now the waterline is high and touches the grass.

In between the rain, we managed to fit in nine holes of golf on Monday and twelve and a half holes on Wednesday.  Each time we had to dash for home with rain pounding on the roof of the golf cart.

We’re ever so thankful to see the rain after such a prolonged period of drought.  It pushes away the fire danger and perks up all the plants.  Maybe tomorrow I can take my camera for a walk to capture pictures of mushrooms sprouting and wildflowers bursting into bloom.  I’m hearing lots of frogs harrumphing in the distance.  The egrets and herons will feast on those.

alligator and egret

Finished Editing the Book

I’ve gone forward and back through the book trying to catch any discrepencies or gaps in the text or continuity problems from one page to the next.  Who knew it would be so labor intensive.  Here’s a sample page from the book:

Clarence McGhee
Clarence McGhee

To see the whole book in a larger format where you can actually read the text, continue down to the next posting in the blog.  Click on the link provided there at the end of the article.

Working on a Book

My aunt published several books on Lulu and then my sister published her book of children’s poetrys through a small publisher.  Their successes provided inspiration for me to get going a a project that I’d been mulling over in my mind for some time.  My mom, Gail Martin, has quite a stock of family memories posted on the Our Echo website.  I kept thinking what a nice family keepsake it would be to get them into book form.  Finally with Mother’s Day approaching, I jumped in to work on it.  It’s not finished yet and I may have put the cart-before-the-horse.  The first one will be a hardback copy for mom, but then I need to make it into a paperback copy so it’s more affordable for everyone else.


Clarence McGhee familyI’m up to 76 pages of her essays and also old family photos so far on the Photoworks site.  I had some credits there from winning some of their photo contests, so they will cover mom’s copy of the book.  Now I’m wondering if I should move all the photos and text over to where my aunt published her books.  They put out a more reasonably priced paperback, but it means learning their template and publishing quirks.  I do love it that these sites let you put together a book without asking for any money up front.

Actually on Photoworks, I have the option to share the book online with anyone to view it for free.  Of course that’s not nearly as satisfying as holding the actual copy of the book in your hands and having it on your bookshelf for reading at any time.  If you’d like to preview the book, click here to see it.  I’ll be starting soon on transferring it to where it should be available at a much lower price than $89 (Photoworks’ price).  The lulu copy will be a paperback, but should be the same content.