Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Book Review: My First Ninety Years

I recently read My First Ninety Years by Mary Jane Baird.  This book was published by Murder Creek Publishing at Smashwords on August 22, 2010.  I downloaded a FREE copy of this book in .mobi format and transferred it to my Kindle to read. 
Smashwords is an ebook publishing and distribution platform, serving authors, publishers, readers and major ebook retailers. Smashwords is ideal for publishing novels, personal memoirs, poetry, short and long-form fiction, and non-fiction. 
This is a short memoir (approx. 3300 words) that Mrs. Baird wrote as a keepsake  for her children and grandchildren.  Mrs. Baird was born in Kansas City on October 10, 1919, in a home for out of wedlock mothers.  She was adopted by Mary and William Murray from Kingman, Kansas.  Mary grew up in Kingman along with an adopted brother who was seven years her senior.
Life in Kingman was difficult during the Depression Years, but Mary took piano lessons and was soon playing the piano for services at the family's church. 
When Mary's father was 61 years old, he fell off a fire engine and broke his hip.  Since her mother could not drive, young Mary was instrumental in helping her father keep up with his job's responsibilities while he was recovering.  She graduated from high school and enrolled in the College of Emporia, a Presbyterian sponsored school.
During her freshman year in college, she met Bill Keesecker.  They were immediately a "couple" and were engaged for five years.  Bill graduated from Emporia College and then went to the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.  Bill and Mary pastored several Presbyterian churches in the MidWest during the next 50 years.  They raised three daughters and had a very happy marriage.  Bill retired at the age of 70 and the Keeseckers moved to Kansas City.  Rev. Keesecker died after heart surgery in 1992 and Mary moved to a retirement community.  There she met Jack Baird and married him in 1995.
Mary wrote From Kansas Farm Boy to Moderator A Short History of the Life of Rev. William Francis Keesecker about her late husband's life.  This book is also a FREE download at Smashbooks.
I wish more senior citizens would take the time to write memoirs for their friends and family to read and cherish.  It is now possible for anyone to write and publish a book with very little money required.  Mrs. Baird is a real inspiration to me.  YES, I will write a book! 

1 comment:

Leanne Chesser said...

This sounds like a wonderful book! I agree - - it would be great if more people would write memoirs. It's so great to hear about our ancestor's lives, wisdom and accomplishments (which often go unnoticed).

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