The Flying Shuttle
Man's fate is wrought in the loom of years,
To pattern traced by an unseen hand
The shuttle flies and the weaver sighs,
For the work is slow and tragic and grand.
Some shuttles are filled with golden thread
For the few great souls who march in the van,
But most are filled with the thread used for
The warp and woof of the average man.
Stuart F. Reed
My name is Donna Hechler Porter, and I have always lived with one foot in this world and the other in the past. It's oftentimes a strange way to live, but it is who I am.
When I was just barely out of high school, my grandfather gave me a notebook filled with letters and documents that a number of people had sent him over the years on the McQueen family. I took that notebook, scoured through the information, realized I could go to libraries and do more research, and eventually had three poster boards of a family tree of the McQueens.
Today, that family, along with the Crews family, takes up three very large genealogy books. I also have four novels, and am working on a fifth, based loosely on the McQueens and the Crews. I have more genealogy books and novels planned. You will find links to the books at the top of the page.
When not writing, reading, or researching, I dream of log cabins and rose gardens, and I wonder a bit more about how I can bring the past into my present.