I am...

...a writer and public speaker on family, heritage, and travel topics.

...a regular contributor and columnist for Family Tree Magazine, the premiere genealogy magazine in the United States.

...a resident of Cleveland, Ohio who works with editors and businesses around the United States.

...available for inquiries at sunny@e-mcclellan.com.

Consumer Magazine Articles

"Fantastic Journey: Armchair Travel Guide," Family Tree Magazine, August 2010. Tips for a great genealogy stay-cation.

"Soul Searching," Family Tree Magazine, August 2010. You'll sing the praises of church records after you learn how they can help you find lost souls in your family.

"The Low-down on Lamination," Family Tree Magazine, August 2010. Regular column.

"Tombstone Tales," Family Tree Magazine, July 2010. Cemetery research.

"Caring for an Heirloom Collection," Family Tree Magazine, July 2010. Regular column.

"Dutch Treat," Family Tree Magazine, May 2010. Researching family roots in the Netherlands.

"Framing Your Heirlooms," Family Tree Magazine, May 2010. Regular column.

"Shaping Up," Family Tree Magazine, March 2010. Genealogy education and training, with a get-in-shape attitude.

"Little Girl on the Prairie," Family Tree Magazine, March 2010. Regular column; topic on memoir writing.

"Donating Family Papers and Storing Textiles," Family Tree Magazine, Jan 2010. Regular column.

"Destinations: Mid Coast Maine," LDS Living, Sept/Oct 2009. "Which U.S. state boasts three thousand miles of shoreline, one of the most visited national parks, and rich regional culinary delights? California? Wrong coast. Try Maine, one of the hotter (or should we say cooler?) places to enjoy the sand, surf and sails."

"Library of Knowledge," Family Tree Magazine, September 2009. Feature on using libraries for genealogy research.

"Camping Happy," LDS Living, July/August 2009. Family camping feature.

"Reunion Riches," Family Tree Magazine, July 2009. Feature on gathering genealogical riches at family reunions.

"World Tree," Family Tree Magazine, July 2009. Report on The Norway Project, a revolutionary new database that promises an entirely new approach to genealogical research.

"Weekend Getaway: Pittsburgh," Latter-day Woman, April/May 2009. Read it online at: http://mygazines.com/issue/678/0

"College Records 101." Family Tree, April 2009. Read it online at: http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/college-records

"Back on Track: What to do When a Career Path Swerves." LDS Living, March/April 2009. Read it online at: http://www.ldslivingmagazine.com/articles/show/1910

"Two Hearts, One Mission," LDS Living, March/April 2009. Humanitarian column. Reports efforts of nonprofit organization One Heart Bulgaria to nurture and provide for Bulgarian orphans. Read it online at: http://www.oneheart-bg.org/press/2008_3_LDSLivingArticle.pdf

"Tale Spin." Family Tree, March 2009. Feature on telling your life's stories in engaging ways.

"Lost in Transcription." Family Tree, March 2009. Tips for creating a good typescript.

"Finding Your Family in 21st-Century Style," Latter-day Woman, February/March 2009. Read it online at: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/55d313a6#/55d313a6/28

"Relief Society: Every Woman Welcome." LDS Living, January/February 2009. Read it online at: http://www.ldslivingmagazine.com/articles/show/1862

"What More Can We Do?/Choosing a Charity." Latter-day Woman, December 2008/January 2009. Companion articles: essay on humanitarian call-to-action and suggestions for giving. Read it online at: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c95da138#/c95da138/28

"A Little Retail Therapy." Reunions. Fund-raising ideas for a family reunion. Nov/Dec 2008/January 2009.

"Skeletons in the Family Closet." Family Tree, November 2008. Feature discussing what a family historian can do with old family scandals.

"Captain Ice Dragon Saves the World."
Latter-Day Woman, October/November 2008. Read it on-line at: http://viewer.zmags.com/showmag.php?magid=107133#/page48/.

"Texting: The Coded Lives of Teens."
LDS Living, September/October 2008. Mini-feature on teens and texting behavior and trends.

"A Spooky Reunion."
Reunions. September/October 2008. A Halloween-ish family reunion sparks ideas for holiday-themed gatherings.

"Next Time I'll Listen."
The Friend (English) and Liahona (Spanish); internationally circulating religious children's magazine. August 2008.

"Your Ancestors Slept Here."
Family Tree Magazine, July 2008. Travel feature on historic lodgings. Teaser: "They say you never understand people until you walk a mile in their shoes. What about spending a night in their beds?" See on-line directory that accompanies this article at http://www.familytreemagazine.com/articles/jul08/lodgings.asp

"Honor Your Parents."
LDS Living, May/June 2008. Roundup article on practical and creative projects that honor our parents' lives. Read it on-line at: http://www.ldslivingmagazine.com/articles/show/1499.

"Genealogies on Demand." Family Tree Magazine, May 2008. Informational article for genealogists/family historians on using print-on-demand technology to publish a family history. Opener: "Ready to transform years of family research into a published book? With print-on-demand technology, it's now easier--and more affordable--than ever."

"Family Reunions 101."
LDS Living, March/April 2008. Feature article on how to plan a memorable family reunion. Read it online at: http://www.ldslivingmagazine.com/articles/show/1419.

"Get Em Talking." Family Tree Magazine, March 2008. Excerpt: "Anyone who conducts family history interviews eventually comes across a reluctant interviewee. You probably know the ones in your family—a modest great-aunt, a grumpy uncle. But even the most tight-lipped folks are usually willing to discuss things that matter to them." See an on-line summary at http://www.familytreemagazine.com/articles/mar08/5interviewbasics.asp

"A Mammoth Undertaking." Cleveland Magazine, January 2008. Opens: "The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is about to disassemble two of its most famous pachyderms. But no animal-rights groups are up in arms: the beasts have been extinct for thousands of years."

"Rebuilding the Past: Log Cabins in Nauvoo." Meridian Magazine. June 5, 2007. http://www.ldsmag.com/travel/070506rebuilding.html

"A Reunion Home." Reunions Magazine, October/November 2006. Full text not available. Begins: "I can't say I married Jeremy Morton only because of his family reunion, but after attending, I knew I wanted to come back every Labor Day weekend for the rest of my life."

Promotional Writing

For the Green PolkaDot Box:

Brand pages and product descriptions for new online retailer of natural foods and healthy products. Website undergoing beta testing.

For the Cleveland Regional Perinatal Network:

A Guide for Moms: Resources for mothers-to-be and mothers of young children. Brochure developed, evaluated and circulated with Amy M. Heneghan and the Cleveland Regional Perinatal Network.

"Resources for Mothers, Mothers-to-be, and Health Care Providers." Website text, Cleveland Regional Perinatal Network. Read it online at: http://www.crpn.net/Perinatal%20Depression.html.

For The Viktor Schreckengost Foundation:

Viktor Schreckengost: American Da Vinci. Tide-Mark Books, 2006. Managing Editor. Author: Henry Adams. http://viktorschreckengost.stores.yahoo.net/viscamdavi.html

(Praise from Midwest Book Review: "Profusely illustrated in full color and enhanced with the addition of an Index and Image Catalogue, and with expert commentary by former museum curator Henry Adams, Viktor Schreckengost: American Da Vinci is a superbly presented and informative introduction to the life, work, and artistry of a remarkable talent who dedicated himself to the esthetic improvement of American popular culture. Highly recommended for personal, professional, and academic library American Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.")

"From Viktor's Attic." Monthly electronic newsletter column from The Viktor Schreckengost Foundation, a nonprofit arts organization. See these samples:

"SmAll that Jazz." School Arts, Nov 2007. Ghostwritten for teacher Dena Bleumel. Excerpt: [On initiating a grade-school curriculum around Viktor Schreckengost's work] "What developed was a learning experience as diverse and unexpected as this designer's own body of work! In addition to the art and design objectives, students have learned such lessons as respect for the elderly and how to run their own arts foundation."

For Historic Kirtland:

This is Kirtland! Lead author, libretto (dialogue and lyrics). One-hour musical theater presentation to introduce visitors to the history and legacy of early settlers. Performed every summer by cast of 50 since 2004. Read about this musical at:

"Memories of Miracles: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Exhibit." Meridian Magazine, July 19, 2007. http://www.meridianmagazine.com/music/070719kirtland.html

"The Kirtland Temple Quarry: A New Tour Partners Church and Community." Meridian Magazine, June 19, 2007. http://www.ldsmag.com/travel/070619kirkland.html

For various humanitarian organizations:

"Two Hearts, One Mission," LDS Living, March/April 2009. Humanitarian column. Reports efforts of nonprofit organization One Heart Bulgaria to nurture and provide for Bulgarian orphans.

"Baskets of Love."
LDS Living, Mar/Apr 2008. Humanitarian column. See the on-line version at: http://www.ldslivingmagazine.com/articles/show/1428

"Raising the Roof: Young Humanitarians."
LDS Living, Nov/Dec 2007 issue. http://www.ldslivingmagazine.com/articles/show/1247

"The Lost Boys of Flor Azul."
Meridian Magazine. Cover story, May 15, 2007. http://www.ldsmag.com/exstories/070515lostboys.html

Scholarly Papers (Edits and authorship)

Computer-Aided Diagnosis of Early Cancers in the Gastrointestinal Tract Using Optical Coherence Tomography.
Doctoral dissertation, Case Western Reserve University, 2008. Editor. Author: Xin Qi.

Garg A,
Morton S, Heneghan A. "A Hospital Survey of Postpartum Depression Education at the Time of Delivery." JOGNN (Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing) 34:5, Sept/Oct 2005, p.587. Authored with Asha Garg and Amy M. Heneghan.

Wright JT, Redline S, Taylor AL, Aylor J, Clark K, O’Malia B, Graham G, Liao G, Morton S. Relationship between 24-hr. blood pressure and sleep disordered breathing in a normotensive community sample. Am J Hypertension. 2001; 14 (8 pt 1) 743-748. M

Morton S, Rosen C, Larkin EK, Tishler PV, Aylor J, Redline S. Predictors of sleep disordered breathing in children with a history of tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy. Sleep 2001; 24(7):823-829. Lead author, with Carol Rosen, Emma Larkin, Peter Tishler, Joan Aylor, Susan Redline.

Redline S, Schluchter M, Larkin E, Tishler PV, Aylor J, Clark K, O’Malia B, Morton S, Graham G. Association of progressive sleep disordered breathing (SDB) with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. Am J Resp Crit Care Med (abst.) 2001 163(5):A37

Rosen CL, Morton S, Larkin E, Aylor J, Clark K, O’Malia B, Graham G, Redline S. Persistence of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in children post-tonsillectomy. Am J Resp Crit Care Med (abst.) 2001 163(5):A298.

Redline S, Larkin E, Schluchter M, Aylor J, Clark K, Graham G, O'Malia B, Morton S. Incidence of sleep-disordered breathing in a population-based sample. Sleep (abst) 2001:24 Abstract supplement A294.

Buxbaum S, Redline S, O'Malia B, Russo L, Morton S, Tishler PV, Aylor J, Clark K, Graham G, Elston RC. Segregation analysis of the respiratory disturbance index (RDI) in African-Americans. Am J Respir Crit Care Med (abst.) 2000. 161(3):A679.

Redline S, Morton S, Russo L, Aylor J, Clark K, Graham G, O’Malia B, Rosen C. Morbidity of mild-moderate sleep disordered breathing in African American Children. Am J Respir Crit Care Med (abst.) 2000. 161(3):A715.

Morton, Sunny McClellan. "The Forgotten Daughter: Julia Murdock Smith." Mormon Historical Studies (Fall 2002). http://www.mormonhistoricsitesfoundation.org/publications/studies_fall2002/MHS3.2Fall2002JuliaMurdockSmith.pdf

Morton, Sunny McClellan. "On Being Adopted: Julia Murdock Smith." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. (36:3). To read on-line: Scroll down contents sidebar on left to sixth article (begins p.161) at http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/dialogue&CISOPTR=28355&REC=20

Articles under development:

  • Research and writing on historic Victorian homes in Seneca Falls, New York.
  • Research and writing on asheries, a little-known industry of the 18th and 19th centuries that led to the burning of millions of acres of American forests, fueled frontier economic growth, and provided England and the United States with potash and pearl ash, valuable manufacturing commodities.