Learning the dying art of paper making

"Everybody Has A Story"

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first installment of an occasional series titled “Everyone Has A Story” by Shelby County freelance writer Dr. Marsha Woolf-Barnett.


A few months ago my husband, Billy, and I were watching a documentary about a man who had moved from Minnesota to South Louisiana after college.

During the documentary the man said “Everyone has a story.” That thought has stuck with me.

I listen to folks more than I used to and have come to learn that old or young, everyone has a story. For the next few months I will be talking with different people about their story. I hope you enjoy this column as much as I will enjoy getting to know my fellow Shelby Countians.

Recently I took a paper making class at Joaquin First Methodist Church. My instructor was Gail Nolan.

Gail’s family is originally from Germany and settled in West Texas. Gail has a lot of interesting stories to tell but the one she shared with us during the class was especially interesting to me.

At the age of 32, Gail felt the strong desire to be around fellow artists and making her own art. Her children were all in school and soon the desire turned into a need so she enrolled in Texas Tech University Branch located in Junction.

For the complete story please see the Sept. 12-13 editoin of The Light and Champion.

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