It’s a proud moment when you can go online at Barnes & Noble and see a book written by a young woman in your own community. Did you know that Diana Porter-Arnold has written a book? “The Initials,” takes place in a small town. Because Diana was born and raised in Greensburg and still lives in her home town, you might suspect right away that the small town she writes about in “The Initials” is Greensburg, or Westport or maybe Clarksburg. No. Diana said the book is strictly a work of fiction.
Diana is the daughter of Tom and Glenda Porter. She is the wife of Robert L. Arnold to whom she dedicated The Initials. She writes, “Finally, without a doubt I dedicate this book to my husband R. L. A. who inspired me to chase my dream and write and whose love, encouragement and enthusiasm is always a given. He illustrates my objective for this novel best…”
Did you notice the initials R. L. A.? That’s her clever way of showing right away what the book is about. On the dedication page she writes of friends L. L. P, R.B., B.B., C.H., K.H. and her parents G.J.P. and W. T. P. Her “ever present and much loved dog, Chili” is named without using her initials.
Of course, the initials she used notifies us right away about the subject of the book; friendships that continue from childhood well into maturity. Think about that for a minute, especially if you are lucky enough to have had such friendships. These friends are people you know from experience that you can trust. These are friends with whom you’ve shared life’s journeys including times of joy and times of gloom.
From the earliest memories she has, Diana has always used our library. When you read a book from our library there is a label in front that you can initial signifying that you read it. Young Emma Anne Finnegan was a reader. She loved books but sometimes she felt lonely too. At the library she would choose a book, look at the initials of others that had read it and wonder about the others that had read the book. While trying to determine who had initialed some of the books she enjoyed she made discoveries. Soon she had made friends that would last a lifetime.