My great grandmother, Nellie, must have had a great love of books. She became a teacher for a short time. Here she is (center) on a school outing in the hills of southwestern Kansas.
Next in line is my grandmother, Jennie. This photo is the all-time favorite of the whole family.
Here I am with Natalie Goldberg, an author who has inspired and influenced my writing career. My daughter always loved books. We had a disagreement over who would keep the Little Golden Books when she moved out. I still have some of them. Smokey the Bear was always my favorite.
It's been interesting to find the photos of my family with books over the years. I believe books will always be with us.