Heflin, who had a successful career in commercial real estate in metro Atlanta, met Keller in 1993 while volunteering at an area nursing home.
The 93-year-old Keller was born in a Georgia cotton field in 1899 and in spite of her handicap had led a full life from which she gleaned pearls of wisdom.
Over the course of four years, up until Keller’s death, Heflin said he learned valuable lessons from his friend that changed his life for the better. Heflin said from day one, Keller set out to teach him. “She said, ‘Over the course of our relationship I will give you 10 maxims of three words each and if you practice them I promise you a life of peace and happiness,’” Heflin said. “These maxims are life-changing.”
Heflin said after Keller gave him the maxims she told him to compile them in a book and share them with others.
Heflin wrote the book, “Mockingbird’s SONG: Hettie Keller’s 10 Maxims for Peace and Happiness” and is proud to share his friend and her wisdom with others.
“This book was a challenge from Hettie and a deathbed promise that I made to her that I would write a story about us,” Heflin said.
The public will get the opportunity to meet Heflin and get copies of his book during “An Afternoon with Arnold” at Spring Place Pottery in downtown Cartersville at 15 E. Main St., Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
Heflin’s book also is available through www.MockingbirdsSong.com and Amazon.com.
Sponsored by Spring Place and the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo, the book signing also will provide refreshments.
Spring Place Pottery owner Gail Freeman said the event gives the community a chance to greet Heflin on a personal level. “It will give the community the opportunity to meet Arnold as well as hear first hand his inspiration and motivation for writing this book,” Freeman said.