ONLINE PHOTO ALBUM FOR
"WRITING THIS BOOK about the life of my mother and her legacy to our
family has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences
of my entire writing life," says Barbara. For the rest of this little story,
read "From the Author" on the book's landing page.
related to this book.
OF COURSE THERE'S A STORY behind this Online Photo Album
Marcella's Secret Dreams and Stories, now available on Amazon.
When I first began this book, my plan was to publish an eBook edition first so I could include
a large number of photos. Now a picture inserted here and there is easy, but putting
a huge number of them in an eBook can be very tricky. Because I found it so challenging
to figure out how to optimize and properly size photos for eBooks—given that all
eBook readers see images differently on various devices—I decided to do a print edition of the book first.
I was comfortable doing my own book design and
typesetting, but it was a bit challenging to learn how to optimize photos for print
publication and then master getting photos into tables of a book written in MS Word. Rather than insert pictures here and there throughout the book, I
decided to include 46 photos on five section divider pages and a few other pages
of the text. Somewhere along the line, I got the idea of creating an online
photo album that could incorporate a lot of pictures from the family's digital
Although these pages were designed with family, friends, and book readers in mind,
I think even those with no interest in reading the book
will enjoy looking at these photo pages. In fact, they might spark ideas for
those who have websites or blogs of their own.
Life is just one story after another, and Marcella's Secret Dreams and
Stories is all about family stories, some of which may mirror your own life
journey. Captions under each photo in this online family photo album tell little
stories that provide insight into the lives of the
four generations of my family that readers will meet in the book.
Interesting How Life Changes Us
I'VE ALWAYS FOUND IT INTERESTING to see how people look as they grow from
childhood to old age, and in this photo gallery you'll see images of every member of my family at different stages of life.
Take me, for example. I was a cute little baby, but a gangly teenager with glasses. I developed some poise as I grew older,
began to wear contact lenses,
and became a musical entertainer
brief career). As a married woman for nearly 44 years,
I gradually grew fatter with a husband who loved my cooking as much as I did. Now
I'm fifty pounds lighter as a
result of my Weight Watchers diet and much healthier.
As I was creating this photo album, I was reminded of how our life choices affect our health and appearance as we age.
For example, my parents were healthy and good-looking in their youth, but they both started smoking as kids, and that, coupled
with how physically hard they always had to work to make a living, took a lot out of them. Both of them eventually died
from emphysema and congestive heart failure. Caveat emptor . . .
I hope you enjoy browsing through his online family photo album because I sure had fun designing it.
This photo gallery includes
several albums. To view them in sequence by years, start where indicated below.
That page and each page thereafter links
to the next page of photos that pictorially document Marcella's life with William J.
(Bill) Schaumburg. You'll see photos of their parents and grandparents along
with me and my sisters as we were growing up in the town of Buckley, Illinois.
The last page in this linked-series of family
photos (Buckley) will guide you to the remaining photo pages of family pets, antiques, arts, crafts, and
collectibles, etc., or you can go directly to any photo album page that is linked to
Online Photo Album Pages
START HERE -> Marcella's Family
Emory D. and Olivine Williams
Bill and Marcella Schaumburg
Courtship, Marriage, and Farming years
The Schaumburg Family
in Buckley, Illinois
Building a House and Business and
Raising Three Daughters in the 50s
Work and Family Challenges
in the 60s and 70s
Bill and Marcella's Last Years
Life in Buckley, Illinois
Flashback to the Fifties and
its 2006 Sesquicentennial
Standalone Photo Pages
Bill's Garage Memorabilia
Four-Generation Family Tree
Yellowstone National Park in 1959
The following pages are
still a work in progress. Thanks for your patience as I work to finish this
major website project. - Barbara
Art, Crafts, & Collectibles
(Including paper memorabilia from the 1900s)
related to this book.
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