Sigrid's Testimonials

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Don Ayre on behalf of Logan Ayre -- Author of In My Own Words

"My father will be 104 in October and recently became an author of a book of his recollections with the assistance of Sigrid Macdonald as editor and publisher. He is a very sound, albeit sometimes highly critical, mind and writing has become his passion.

"Shortly after my mother died, my father learned how to use the computer twenty years ago (an Apple IIe) and he began to write to pass the time. He wrote essays and short bursts of interest and concern from his experience. Sometimes these were just recollections and sometimes feisty “letters to the editors” of newspapers and magazines.

"We experimented with self-publishing his writings but it was Sigrid Macdonald’s thinking that we should collect his writings under the very appropriate title of In My Own Words and make it available on the Internet.

"The result was really quite amazing – a well-edited finished product with a cover presentation and professional look: something that my father has been truly proud to distribute. He has already given out books to most of the staff at the nursing home and earned a new respect for himself.

"We write, it seems, because we need to say something. What's difficult is saying it in a way and packaging it so that it means something to someone else. Sigrid Macdonald had the editing and publishing know-how to make it real for my father."

Don Ayre, the son of Logan Ayre, who will be 104 in October.