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Madison Memories

Writer Luke will sign book
of Madison ‘Recollections’

Her upbeat, positive attitude
flavors her many stories

By Laura Hodges
Contributing Writer

(October 2010) – Former Madison, Ind., resident Norma Haas Henry Luke will sign copies of a new large-print edition of her book, “Recollections,” in Madison in October.
“Recollections” is a collection of 36 true stories about growing up in Madison, according to the 81-year-old author, who now lives in Glasgow, Ky. It follows her first book of Madison memories, “Reflections,” which has also been published in both regular and large-print versions.

Norma Luke

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Being legally blind
has not stopped
author Norma Luke
from accomplishing
her goals of becoming
a published author.

There is one lesson she learned from her first book: “People were thrilled when they saw their relatives’ names in it, so I’m using more in this one.”
Luke’s Madison friends should not be worried. All the stories are upbeat – like their author.
Luke has been legally blind for the past 15 years, but she doesn’t let that stop her from accomplishing big things. She started work toward a college degree at age 66 and graduated from Western Kentucky University at age 71. In 1995 she was named Ms. Senior Kentucky. She is a teacher, artist, author, poet and public speaker. She works as a volunteer for Willing Hearts and Hands, a support group for battered women and children, and Crossroads, a center for pregnant teens.
After she had a series of seven strokes in 1989, she wanted to become useful again, so she trained to be a literacy teacher. Her first pupil was a woman who didn’t know her ABCs. Luke worked with her until she had not only learned to read but finished schooling to become a licensed practical nurse. Two church ministers – one black and one white – were among the people she tutored in literacy.
“I’ve had a really rewarding life,” said the author, who compares herself to the Energizer Bunny.
Luke’s books are filled with humor and tales of the resilient folks who peopled Madison in her youth. “We came from a time when adversity doesn’t affect us much,” she said. She lived in Madison from 1930 to 1952.
Her Madison friend, Louis DeCar, encouraged her to record her Madison stories. “You are a superb writer and you must write this book,” he told her.
“Reflections” will be for sale at the price of $22.50. On Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 11, Luke will sign copies at Hair Essentials, a salon owned by her niece Janet Jones, at 123 E. Main St. The public is invited to stop by to meet the author between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

• Copies can also be ordered by mail at $25 each. Send checks to Mrs. Norma C. Luke, 48 Greenlawn Dr., Glasgow, KY 42141.

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