There are benefits to producing your own index when you write a book. Right there in the back of the book is both an acknowledgement and a thank you. In the midst of index entries referencing early Anglo settlers, colonists, and a traitorous general is a simple entry to which I would like to call attention.
wife, wonderful (See Hammond, Mickey)
When you produce your own index you can do such things. I did so because she is in large part how I was able to finally finish this book. She was supportive and encouraging, she let me know the limits of being a "book widow," and she wielded the red pen gently but firmly through multiple readings.
With events starting now, she will be with me to help tell the story and get the book in your hands. This past Saturday at the Syrup Festival we were up at 5:30 two days in a row and she helped with all the setup and logistics. If you come to one of the events coming up, you'll likely get to meet her and see why she is "wife comma wonderful," . . . Mickey Arnold Hammond. Thank you!