As an anthropologist, my brother, Jack, has always been interested in the stories of people, especially those of his own family. For several years, he urged Mom to write her stories. Each time she dismissed his request and did nothing to document her stories. Finally, in 1988, Mom wrote a couple of pages. In 1990, she wrote 15 more and she finished her work with 70 more pages in 1994. By 1996, Jack had compiled the manuscript along with period family pictures into an autobiography.