One of the most rewarding experiences of my life was helping my father to complete his autobiography, From the Cotton Patch to PhD, God’s Management of Man Through the Eyes of a Scientist by Dr. Wendell R. Arnold. After successfully deciphering several spiral notebooks containing my father’s handwriting, I typed it while editing along the way, helped proofread it, and saw the final product through every step of the publication process. Available on Amazon – paperback, hardcover or electronic – it has received wonderful reviews.
My dad was a scientist who had tremendous faith in God. Growing up, I did not see this is odd or rare, and as an adult, I do not see why it should be. Reading more like a novel, I was a little shocked at some of the events I came across. More than once, I called my parents and asked, “Did this really happen?” More than twice, I took a considerable amount of time to wonder why I had never known this before. Especially about my own birth! If something traumatic happened when you were born, don’t you think you would know about it by the time you were forty?
Anyhow, I am so extremely grateful that my dad wrote this book. What a legacy he has left us. Many have asked if he ever finished his second book before suddenly dying in 2018, and the answer is – yes. The problem was, my mom did not like the way it ended and so my dad started to re-write the ending, which did not get finished. I like the way my dad ended it originally, and since my mom, too, suddenly died in 2019, I suppose it is up to us kids to get it out there. Stay tuned!
My mom was into making crocheted jewelry using the finest crystals and beads, which she sold at jewelry and art shows as well as online and through word of mouth. I have had the pleasure of accompanying her on a couple of occasions to these shows. Below is a photo of us at a show in Key Biscayne, Florida.
My mom had many pieces in her inventory when she died in 2019, all of which can be seen on my online store at susiesellsseashells.com.
Also, I plan to write about my parent’s lives and show-off all the photos my mom loved taking on the many, many, many trips she and my dad took. You won’t want to miss it, so make sure you click on “Follow” to be notified of new posts. And please share this with others who may be interested. Thank you for your support!
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