Book tells story of father’s 98-year journey |

Book tells story of father’s 98-year journey

Margaret Waddell Dimock had always known the man.

She knew him as a pastor, she knew him when he married at 85, and she knew him as “Dad.” And now Dimock hopes that others will get to know him as well.

Dimock’s newest book, “Pilgrim Through a Century,” tells the story of her father, Ralph C. Waddell, as he navigates the tides of his 98 years.

“I wanted to convey that he was a real person,” Dimock said. “He was an unusual person. He faced a lot of challenges, difficulties, and disappointments, but he found constructive ways to meet them.”

Dimock said her book tells much more than a typical biography because it explores more than the faces and places to reveal the interior man her father was.

“The book talks about feelings, emotions, how he lived with his wife and children, and how he lived in the 20th century,” Dimock explained.

She said her sixth self-published book aims to attract an older audience, but contains facets all ages can appreciate.

“I think it’s something that many people would like,” she added. “Elderly people will probably enjoy it most, because it goes over things that they’ve lived through. Some young people might not be interested, but they might if they have known somebody that is older.”

Dimock will featured in Odyssey Books’ second annual Local Author Open House. Dimock and her writer husband, Herb, will appear with 37 other Nevada County authors.

“This year they have us scheduled between 11 and 12 noon. Last year when we were there, we just talked about what we had written and the reasons why,” Dimock said. The authors will sign copies of their books.


WHAT: Second annual Local Author Open House

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Odyssey Books; 11989 Sutton Way, Grass Valley



At Odyssey Books’ Local Author Open House Sunday, the public can meet the following authors:

10 a.m.: Orval Bronson, David Comstock, Katie Green, David Lukas, Hank Meals and John Skinner.

11 a.m.: Herb and Margaret Dimock, Jim Folger, Charlie Fortner, Richard Graves, Donna Saunders and Dean Schrock.

Noon: Nik Colyer, Wylene Dunbar, Rick Kantola, Gabriele Jex and Louis B. Jones.

1 p.m.: Barbara DesChamps, Susan Hopkins, Pam Jung, and Lennie Martin.

2 p.m.: Molly Fisk, Sands Hall and Donna Hanelin.

3 p.m.: John Brooker, Victoria Covell, Mary Greer, Gloria Hockensmith, Kathy Keville and Vimala Rogers.

4 p.m.: JoAnn Chartier and Chris Evans, Mary Collier, Diane Dean-Epps, Christine Irving, Anna Randolph-Ong and Craig Strohm.

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