Ron the Biker Trash

Ronald Stephens, Uncle Johnnie's baby boy (correction-Until William).  The "I love my family gene" has shown up in Ron.  He is the person everyone in the family knows because he makes it his business to connect with them. In this way, he is very much like Grandmother. He is very proud...
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Number Two (and much more intense) Adventure

Okay, so you've been introduced to my son at 3-years old.  At least you think you've been introduced.  Actually, you have only seen him from a distance.  It's time you come inside our home and meet him up close and personal.  </div> For most of us 5:30 a.m. is a time...
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Janie Shellman -1994 Honoree

Janie Shellman (1994 Smart Family Honoree) On September 22, 1917 twins were born to William Joseph and Ursula Smart Stephens, a happy bouncing baby boy and girl.  These babies were named Janie & Johnnie.  Janie was reported to be the second born.  She became the oldest sister of the 8 surviving...
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A Five Year Old Mommy To be

June 6 1991 a preschooler was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up.   She turned to the camera and said "a mommy".  I was both proud and horrified.  Others congratulated me on being a great role model. I feared my child would be another teen pregnancy statistic. 16 years...
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A Quilt With Family Ties

Aunt Janie is holding a quilt started by grandmother, completed by Aunt Janie, made possible by Uncle Johnny and given to me who have wonderful and horrible memories about it. Uncle Johnny drove trucks and ever so often he would get a load he  deamed useful to himself or the family. ...
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A Child's Fingers

A Child's Finger's (age 15)                 A child's fingers grasp my own,Pulling with an energy I know I've never known Slow down for me! I frown, and instantly he settles down, And once again I marvel at how much my brother's grown.                   I remember my first look at...
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Glasses

Glasses (2009- age 16)         God works in mysterious ways; I've heard it all my life,But truly, I couldn't see it until I couldn't see , Until the nearest chalkboard was never near enough to read. In second grade my teacher knew there was something wrong with me,  When she...
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What Do You Want To Be?

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? age 10           One day my mother asked me,What do you want to be?   Do you want to be a teacher,Or a singer full of glee? Are you meant to be a writer,Who day dreams all day long? Thinking...
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Pepperment Patti's Hot Pepper Salsa

Patti’s Hot Pepper Salsa Recipe   5 lbs Peppers; hot and sweet r 2 lbs small tomatoes r 1 lb onions r 6 bulbs garlic r 2 shallots r ½ tsp all colors of Peppercorns, ground r 1 cup Vinegar r Pinch Sea salt r   7 1-pint canning jars with...
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Children Find Meaing in Family Stories

Children Find Meaing in Family Stories
When C. Stephen Guyer's three children were growing up, he told themstories about how his grandfather, a banker, lost all in the 1930s, butdidn't lose sight of what he valued most. In one of the darkest times,Mr. Guyer says, when his grandfather was nearly broke, he loaded hisfamily into the car...
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The Son I Most Admire

The Son I Most Admire
There is much to be admired in all of my seven sons and three daughters but I think James George is at the top of the list.     After being married for three months, my husband George and I were expecting our first child. Our apartment was in Waltham, Massachusetts....
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Thoughts on Aging

How to Grow Old Gracefully March 9, 2009 It's a fact that we all grow old.  It's also a fact that we have little, if any, control regarding the overall aging process.  Yet, what is positive is the fact that we can control how we live while we age.  We control...
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Rachelle playing Rachmaninoff

This was recorded during the 2008 Rice University Piano Camp.  During the course of this camp, we determined it was time to take Rachelle to the next level of Piano and soonafter switched her to a professional piano teacher, Khoren Ouzounian. Rachelle did a good job but her hands, arms and shoulders...
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When Seniors should Stop Driving

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Number One Adventure of a 3-year old

How many of you have ever encountered a child that seems to find himself in trouble without any trouble at all?  Lucky for her, my daughter was 2-years old when my son was born.  If he had been born first, I'm not sure I would have had any more.  "That sounds...
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Story in Delaware

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Living Years

"In the Living Years" Mike and the Mechanics Every generation Blames the one before And all of their frustrations Come beating on your door I know that Im a prisoner To all my father held so dear I know that Im a hostage To all his hopes and fears I just...
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The River

The Jock River flows very lazily through Richmond, Ontario, my home town.  It did a poor job of living up to the nickname everyone gave it - "the mighty Jock".  Nevertheless, parents warned children not to stray too close for fear of them falling in. My mother told me never to...
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The life of a young women during the war

During the war Mother knit socks, mittens, and scarves for the sailors overseas.  She sewed stuffed animals for the Red Cross and many of her gifts are still treasured by family and friends. She was also talented in quilting, crocheting, and making rugs.  She crocheted my favorite granny square afghan.  She...
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Edith Mary Johnson Hyatt turns 17

A mother holds her child's hand for a short while, but their hearts forever.
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