Thursday, October 19, 2006


Celebration is defined as the observation of a notable occasion with festivities. The older I get the more I appreciate notable occasions, which can be anything you want them to be. I also value festivities more. Again, festivities are what you make them, a toast with a few close friends, or an elaborate gathering of the masses. I’m starting to think we should pause more often and raise our glasses in celebration to all achievements, large or small. It might be an age thing.

A few days ago, we had a reason to celebrate. For years I had been saying, “Some day I’m going to write a book.” Char, both the kids, and many friends had heard those words over and over again. Well, five copies of my book arrived. I was on the 14th hole of a golf course when I called Char to see if any packages had come. To my surprise she said yes. So there I am on the golf course a few holes to go knowing my book had arrived. I didn’t finish very well. I wanted to get home, gather a few friends and celebrate the long awaited ‘book’.

Several things should be pointed out about this book. While I had talked about it for years, I really didn’t get serious about it until January 2006. That’s when I took many of my 2005 blog stories and decided that would be ‘the book’. After spending hours and hours reformatting and reviewing the stories it was ready to be published. I talked to printer after printer in the metro area and only a few were interested in printing it. But, the cost was enormous. It might have had something to do with the fact I only wanted a few of them. Frustrated I pushed the idea to the back burner.

Then Cliff made a post called, Cliff's Excellent Adventure. Marilyn and Dan had found a way to turn Cliff’s blog into a book. Thanks to them, my book idea resurfaced. I studied how to do it, learned new computer skills and spent many evenings and weekends reformatting ‘the book’. Thankfully, Char was pretty patient with me (again).

Homespun Headlines 2005 will never be a best seller. It won’t show up on Oprah’s booklist either. But it is done. For me it is a great way of capturing some stories and perhaps passing them down to future generations. You can view the book by clicking here.

For a while, it is giving us another reason to celebrate.


Blogger Dan said...

Oh,,,,I already saw that a week ago. When does the next edition come out?

7:42 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Cheers Ralph (raises glass)!!! My copy has been ordered and should arrive any day now.

Hey, who knows, it might be a best seller!!

It's gotta be a great feeling to have your very own book.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Miki said...

If you get Oprah to read, she may plug it! Think about it Ralph. Cheers to you and yours, and congrats on the fufilling of a dream.

4:26 AM  
Blogger Cliff Morrow said...

Ralph, here's to a great book. I already have my copy and it is a MUST READ!!
A lot of it seems familiar. I loved it.
Here's to the tour and and all of the talk show's. Let me know when you're on Letterman.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

I've seen this option at Cafe Press and was curious about it. Now I'll have a chance to see how it is for myself when I read your book! Good for you! I'm so glad you followed your dream. :0)

11:17 PM  
Blogger 1 plus twins said...

i am all for celebrating anything. lol but congrats to you. i would love to read you and cliffs book. you two always seem to make me laugh. again congrats!!

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

I just ordered my copy. I can say I knew you when...

11:46 PM  

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