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.


Shannon Marie Hyle – A Special Sister

Two years ago on December 8, 2006, my youngest sister died unexpectedly at age 49.  Shannon Hyle was a special person, not just to her immediate family, but to all who knew her.  The church overflowed with bereft people the day of her funeral. 

Now it is two years later and our lives adjust to go on without Shannon.  It comforts us to think she can peer down and approve the progress we’ve made through our grief.  I’m sure she’s thrilled that her daughter, Diana, finished graduate school and is working as a librarian.  She’s equally thrilled to see her youngest, Samantha, succeeding in her second job and that she’s found a loving man to share her life with.

Here are tributes to Shannon written by various family members:

Carol Garriott   Our Golden GirlRemembering Shannon …Be Still and Listen

Virginia Allain  I Am Missing YouA Poem for ShannonA Happy Message From Shannon

Gail Martin  The Lady Bugs Are Back

and from her friends:

Kevin Colebank To Shannon Martin Hyle

Scott Lupo  Very Sad News

Shannon Hyle reading

You can see Shannon’s own writings on the Our Echo site.  I particularly love her essays on books she loved, “Falling in Love among the Bookshelves,” “Life Without Georgette,” and “My Bookshelves.”   We found one of her writings after her death and posted it for her, Memories from Shannon.

Shannon loved using stamps to make delightful cards.  I found her cards that she posted on the SplitCoastStampers galleryonline.  Use the search function and put in vcm3007 (Shannon’s username for the site).  She posted some of her paperbag scrapbooks there too.  She has 142 pages at the site with about 12 cards per page.

Christmas card made by Shannon Hyle
Christmas card made by Shannon Hyle

I created a tribute webpage for Shannon on Squidoo with more photos and memories.

If you have memories of Shannon that you’d like to share, please leave a comment or you can post them on the Our Echo website for Shannon’s friends and family to see.

I Love Books and Libraries

Dad - reading an old favorite
Dad - reading an old favorite

I made a good career choice when I picked librarianship.  It kept me fascinated for 30 years.  All aspects of library work from children’s librarian to reference librarian, middle management to library director, offered new challenges and rewards.

Even though I’m retired, I still “brake for libraries.”  There’s some irrisistable draw to an old Carnegie library building filled with books.  Our whole family loves to read.  Here are my articles on books, reading and libraries:

My family has a number of articles about their love of reading.  Take a look at these:

How to Personalize a Bookshelf by Gail Martin …My Wall of BooksLook Who I Met In The ArchivesA lot of Lincoln is on our bookshelvesMy Parents Had Bookshelves Too

From the Bookshelf Indeed by Carol Garriott …Life Behind the Circulation DeskWhat is it About HarryNew Book Out

Life Without Georgette by Shannon Hyle …Falling in Love Among the BookshelvesMy Bookshelves

She Was a Woman Before Her Time by Cynthia Ross …Books, Books & More Books