Author Shirl Quick, a Blue Springs resident of 35 years who retired last year from the Missouri Department of Conservation, where she worked at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center and at the agency’s regional office in Blue Springs. “I’ve worked for 51 years and never had time to do the things I want to do,” she said. Writing books is one of those things.

Who: Author Shirl Quick, a Blue Springs resident of 35 years who retired last year from the Missouri Department of Conservation, where she worked at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center and at the agency’s regional office in Blue Springs. “I’ve worked for 51 years and never had time to do the things I want to do,” she said. Writing books is one of those things.


What: Her first book, self-published, is “Words of Wisdom of Grandma Hope.” It’s the book she says she always looked for in bookstores but never saw, so she wrote it.

“It’s a positive book that encourages people and gives them hope,” she says. It’s also filled with Quick’s photos of wildflowers.


Why: Quick said she wants to make a difference in people’s lives.

“I think people have more potential that they realize, and the words in the book may encourage that,” she said.


Where: It’s available at three places, all in Blue Springs – Prospero’s Parkside, 208 N. Missouri 7; Colonial Nursery, 27610 E. Wyatt Road; and Hattey’s on Main, 1005 Main St., downtown.

Quick said this ties in with efforts to promote buying locally.

“This would be part of that,” she said. “It’s made in Blue Springs.”

She said she’ll probably bring it out as an e-book at some point.


What else: Quick has been busy since retirement. She got involved in this year’s successful efforts to the save the old depot in downtown Blue Springs and this fall organized a bluegrass concert as a fundraiser for that work.


What’s next: She’s also written a children’s book and is looking for an illustrator.