ESSAYS OF THE REAL & UNKNOWN

HMI started publishing books in 2020 as a way to get a few dollars into the treasury.  All books (except Ken Gerg’s) are currently available online at BarnesandNoble.com. Search for the title.

The reasoning behind the new series called:  ESSAYS OF THE REAL AND UNKNOWN is in these next few paragraphs.  Take a look to see if you agree…..

     Emporium, PA — In the Allegheny mountains of Pennsylvania, there is an isolated town where few people live but many amazing stories have been written. You haven’t heard many of these stories unless you once lived or grew up in Cameron County.

The total number of people who call Emporium “Home”, will surprise you because they seem to be everywhere.  You meet them here and there, hither and yon, in areas of the U.S. and even other countries where you least expect them to be.

I call Emporium home too.

Our hometown sits in a valley about 50 miles from everywhere.

Most mornings are cool and misty, no matter the season. The wide borough streets are quiet and lined with trees.

In the distance there may be the occasional bugle of a bull elk, screech of a hawk or howl of the encroaching coyote. The air smells clothesline fresh with no hint of farming but once in a blue moon, you may smell a skunk or two.

Emporium has the friendliest people, the most beautiful scenery and front porch swings that really work.

In Great-Great-Grandma’s day, and over the last one hundred and sixty-plus years, many folks lived out their days, from cradle to grave in this wooded area.  Nowadays, people may start their story here but many go on to live their lives and complete their story outside of the sanctuary of our little valley.

For the time that people live in Cameron County, these hometown folks develop strong characters from the similar rural background, learning to make something out of nothing and the great support from family and friends, no matter what life hands you.

In addition, their great work ethic is developed from the hard work and sweat and devotion of their forefathers and mothers who may have given them little in the way of material possessions but did give them wealth beyond measure in an appreciation for family, nature and all God’s creatures.

The telling of these hometown mentor stories is rare but important and that’s why we must write them.  These are not biographies of the rich and famous. these stories are the real life essays of our hometown mentors and they are totally real and unknown.

Remember, no matter who you are, you are famous in the hearts and memories of your classmates, friends and family who now live all over the world.

Whether you are famous or unknown, everyone’s story starts out the same. There is the birth of a child to a mother and a father.  Collect all the series and read about what happened to that baby born in Cameron or Elk County.

In the first book of the series we told the story of a local beauty queen of the 1950’s, Ruth Ann Kronenwetter Lathrop. 

Book number 2 in the Series will be the story of Ken Gerg.  Release date for Ken’s book is scheduled for November 1, 2021. 

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Since July 2020 the following books were published with much success locally:

A DUCK NAMED PUDDLES, by Susie Singer and Cathy Swarmer

Susie Singer – Director
Cathy Ostrum Swarmer – Founder

THE MYSTERIOUS MONSTER ON GINGERBREAD LANE, by Barbara Williams Ryan 

 

THE FIRST 17 YEARS ARE THE HARDEST, by Ken Ostrum

Ken Ostrum – Mentor Emeritus

 

ANNOUNCING AN HMI ORIGINAL SERIES

ESSAYS OF THE REAL AND UNKNOWN

The first Book in the Series is THE STORY OF RUTH ANN KRONENWETTER LATHROP  by Cathy Ostrum Swarmer

RELEASE DATE NOVEMBER 1

THE STORY OF KENNETH G GERG

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