The Man He Became by April Parks Scism

I came across something tonight that reminded me of Steven. While I hung out with his sister Kathy most of the time I was able to see a lot of the boy that he was. When he reconnected with me a couple of years ago on facebook I was able to...
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You Take Care by Cindy Redd Smith, sister

My brother Steven was a great brother and father. I remember him as the little brother who would always go through my things and write on my bedroom wall when I was at school. He was always full of energy and the center of attention in our family. When he set...
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One Sweet Day, by Jamie Thomas-Cordes

I have been reading all the memories people have been sharing and one thing that alot of people seem to say is how they hadn't talked to Steve in years. But one thing that everyone seems to have in common is no matter if it was recently or if it had...
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The Process of Losing, by Ursala Pierce Houser

Like so many others on here I wasn't a close friend of Steve's but I do remember that SMILE...I said a few words in my blog about him this week if anyone would like to take a look, sometimes it helps to read/hear another persons kind words in times like this...
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Fallen Hero From AV, by Rachelle Herle

I've been reading through the comments and have yet to post because I haven't know quite what to say. I know how my heart feels right now. I met Steve in the 4th grade. Like all the other girls I had a crush on him too. He was my first crush....
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High School Friend by Pamela Gana Huerta

My heart goes out to everyone today in Utah as well as those that couldnt be there (the funeral). Although I didnt know Steve as well as others. I do remember him at Piute and A.V. with his bright smile and helping hand in Piute Pals :) I feel lucky to...
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I Know His Parents by Lisa Smedley Thomas

I did not know Steven but I know his parents and what a honor it was to attend his funeral.  What a true American Hero!   Also thank-you to all the men there that served with him.  What a beautiful tribute to Steven. I have a new respect for all men...
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Deployed To Heaven by Hope Real

I posted a picture of Steve on my fb today and a friend commented and asked if he was deployed and said he was a very good looking man. I never looked at it this way before but I came to realize Steve isn't gone, he's just been deployed to heaven...
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Steve's Greatest Legacy by Kevin Gearing Pickering

I think all agree, Steve’s greatest legacy is left as his children. Yes, it is hard for me to envision a soldier I would trust more, defending my freedom, than Steve. Nevertheless, even Steve would often share that his family was his ultimate priority. I love Steve and Michelle dearly; I...
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Last Words To Me From My Brother, by Amy Redd Farris

Last Words To Me From My Brother, by Amy Redd Farris
I was thinking of Steve tonight (Sep 1, 2012) and the last few times I saw him. Just the week before he died was our parents 50th wedding anniversary party and I take comfort in the fact that one of the last things we said to each other was "I love...
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Text from Steve by Torri Perkins

Something Steven texted me - Hey thanks for the kind words. I'm very happy that she has a friend as awesome as you. Just so you know, I appreciate you reaching out to me. I also thought you should know that Adalia is my queen, my lover, my best friend, my...
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Father Built His Own Coffin

My father Ambrocio suffered from tuberculosis or consumption and malaria.  This disease was attributed to the lack of food and medicine during the World War II. Our town, Santa. Maria, Ilocos Sur in the Philippines was bombed soon after Pearl Harbor (early December 1941). The town was partly burned during the bombing, and further...
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A Nobel Prize For Footloose Forester

        UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MEMORANDUM DATE:                              1 April 92 REPLY TO ATTN OF:           Dick Pellek, REDSO/ESA Natural Resources Advisor SUBJECT:                     ...
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Lesson from Bangkok Tourist Guide

My wife and I and my niece visited Bangkok, Thailand three years ago, and this, being our first trip, we joined a guided tour.  The country is predominantly Budhist and so was the guide. The city is beautiful but crowded. Naturally, the idea of reincarnation came up during conversations with our...
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Angel in Seville

After much anticipation and planning we were leaving snowy Ohio to enjoy sunny Spain in January of 2005.  A special part of our good time on this trip was having our older son John to join us.  John, flying up from Nashville, met us in Philadelphia for the big hop over...
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Growing Bamboo

Growing Bamboo
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Growing Bamboo Almost every time that he passed the dwarf bamboo thicket planted alongside his house in Pennsylvania, the Footloose Forester was reminded that bamboo was part of his family life. At one time or another,...
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San Antonio, Texas

I flew to San Antonio, Texas in late January 2012. This is an interesting City for many reasons. Culture, history, and many interest sites that are unique to this town. I was very interested in the Alamo. Davy Crocket was killed defending the Fort at the Alamo. No defenders servived the attack by the...
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I remember . . . .

I remember . . . .
Streetcar: I can remember that as a young girl, we had the streetcars that went along in front of our house on Seventh East in Salt Lake City, Utah.   There was one streetcar driver whose name was Bill.  He was a friend of my father, and Daddy made arrangements for him...
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Thirty Years Ago

I was one of those people that married into a ready made family. My wife had a 2 year son when we met and I fell in love with both. It was several years later that we expanded the family. Thirty years ago tomorrow afternoon, a beautiful gift from God arrived...
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The Katzenjammer Twins Lived In Venezuela

The Katzenjammer Twins Lived In Venezuela
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek The Katzenjammer Twins Lived in Venezuela   Twenty-six years would pass before the Footloose Forester learned about what developed in the Rio Caparo and Rio Camburito watersheds of Venezuela, where he was part of an environmental assessment...
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