I love using Google Alerts to track my life online.  How many David Boles folk are out there in the world?  Who is stealing my stuff?  Sometimes, though, an alert brings good news that touches the heart and when I read this Google News alert on my iPhone, I was stopped:

I clicked through the link to find this wonderful story about the donation of our book — Picture Yourself Learning American Sign Language, Level One — to a local library in memory of Kendra Lennon.

Here’s the full text of the dedication:

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library:

Picture Yourself Learning American Sign Language by Janna Sweenie was given by George and Dianne Davis in memory of Kendra Lennon. Using a whole-body approach, full-color photographs, and a DVD to illustrate the proper way to form words and sentences, this beginning level book makes sign language simple and enjoyable to learn.

Here is the online obituary for Kendra:

Janna and I are incredibly touched and honored that our book was donated to the Clovis-Carver public library in New Mexico in memory of Kendra.  That makes all the hard work and long hours spent creating the book worth it on an entirely new level of being and remembrance.


  1. That’s an excellent story, David. It’s touching when something you create is used for good like this.

  2. It was pretty humbling, Gordon. When I showed the dedication to Janna, she didn’t know what to say for a moment. It was an excellent moment for us to know our book has meaning beyond us and beyond simple sales.

  3. Congrats to you both. That is such a touching story and I sure bet it means a lot to both of you. Keep up good work.

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