Susie (Whitehouse) Wiley publishes book of essays 11.19.08

Written by David Green.

A former Morenci resident has published a book of essays and thoughts.

Morenci native Susan (Whitehouse) Wiley recently wrote a book called “Counting Today: A Thought-filled Journey.”

The 118-page book includes 28 brief essays about everyday life. Each essay concludes with a section of Ideas to Ponder.

Illustrations include photographs taken by Susie’s brother, Bill Whitehouse.

Wiley, a 1962 Morenci High School graduate, says in the introduction that her stories cover a range of topics.

“One day I’m head over heels relishing the natural world, and the next day I’m on some flimsy soapbox.”

Just like a person’s thoughts flit around from subject to subject, her essays are in no particular order either, she writes. She suggests that readers might approach the book in the same manner and avoid a cover-to-cover reading.

When Wiley writes about a relative taking home some old chairs from her parents’ basement, she ends the essay by wondering how she can “capture the memory of ancestors in ways that will be passed on to future generations.”

A visit to Morenci’s Labor Day Bridge Walk makes her appreciate the spirit of a small town, and causes her to ponder what activities she might participate in for community-building.

The book collects the thoughts and ponderings of days well lived—counting today.

• A copy of “Counting Today” is available at Stair Public Library.

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