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“You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible. So part of us believes that when the tide starts coming in, we won't really have lost anything, because actually only a symbol of it was there in the sand. Another part of us thinks we'll figure out a way to divert the ocean. This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won't wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.”

--Anne Lamott

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Lynn F. Casella



My father’s ms. about Alaskan landscape painter Sydney Laurence, was found by KAKM TV in Anchorage, AK. To prove ownership by the family and that indeed it was written in my father’s own hand, I ID'd his handwriting.

A 120-painting tour of Laurence’s work toured west coast museums (Anchorage to Palm Springs). I published the ms. with an ad agency I worked with when I did hospital marketing (1986-91) as Director of Fund Development Communications, Hoag Hospital Foundation (Newport Beach, CA), and Market Communications Manager, San Antonio Regional Hospital (Upland, CA). I sold the first half of the printing of 2200 books in one day.

My father (deceased since 1972) was a secretary/apprentice to Laurence (I own three of Laurence’s wife, Jenny’s, birch bark paintings). My father met him in Echo Park, LA, when my father was a civil engineer for the city. Cyrus Peter Francisco helped build the first telephone line to Vegas and wrote an article about collective bargaining in the L. A. City Civil Engineer magazine which prompted his firing.

The Man and the Mountain:Sydney Laurence’s Mt. McKinley by Cyrus Peter Francisco sells for $14.50 www.amazon.com.

I'm querying agents with my first completed ms. THE DON'S WIFE and am two thirds finished with its sequel LADY DON, working with Shamus Award winning author Lynn S. Hightower as my editor.