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New books by mother & son


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Two Wesson authors – Co-Lin Dean of Academic Instruction Stephanie Duguid and her son Dalton, a Wesson Attendance Center student – can help put food on your table, get your life in order and build better relationships through effective communication in three new books they have penned.


In Recipes from a Texas Angel in Heaven and Texas Angel, the elder Duguid shares some 800 family recipes that her deceased mother collected and essential life lessons she learned from her mother. In My Grandpa and Baseball: How I Came to Love the Game of Baseball, the younger Duguid discusses his conversations with his grandfather in Arizona, which centered largely on baseball, but also encompassed a wide array of small talk that illustrate relationship-building communication between people.


The recipes and life lessons books honor Margie Rector who died 20 years ago in an automobile accident.


“Mom had collected the recipes over the years and entrusted them to a friend, who turned them over to me,” her daughter explains. “The irony is I don’t cook, but I compiled the recipes into book form and am selling it to support a scholarship in her honor that I have established at Co-Lin to help students studying education, nursing and social work. Mom was a strong, confident woman who taught government, economics and leadership in Texas schools for more than 40 years.”


In Texas Angel, Margie Rector’s daughter further honors her mother, sharing memories of growing up as her child in Texas along with five essential life lessons she garnered during those years – Be Present, Know Your Why, Introspection and Reflection, Find the Good and Be a Servant Leader. She promises a sequel in the near future.


The writing process he saw in his mother’s work on her two books inspired Dalton. In his book, the younger Duguid tells about his relationship with his grandfather in person and in daily telephone calls after the COVID-19 pandemic halted their get-togethers in Mississippi. Dalton presents his story in snippets followed by questions that encourage readers to think about their own conversations and communication with other persons.


The three Duguid books are available at amazon.com. Search for Stephanie Duguid.


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