The Power of One

Her name was Korbel (rhymes with “warble”). It was her surname, the name she insisted she be called. Even as a small child I knew this was unusual. I once asked, and she answered that she’d no use for her given names, Edna Violet. Sixty-ish and gray-haired, Korbel was the formidable figure of a woman […]

Rypinski + Radio

Got family folklore? Read about mine, in this edited version of a story about my grandfather M. C. Rypinski,  first published in longer form in 2002 by my mother, Frances. He died too soon, before I could know him. Also, of interest to early radio geeks. Based upon an Interview with Robert Rypinski by his […]

Betty in Red

May 24th was my mother-in-law’s 91st birthday—the first one that her sons and her Texas grandkids have spent without her. The last survivor of  her parents, siblings, and husband Oliver, Betty Jane Jeanneret Pfeil passed away on September 25th, 2013.  I met Betty not long after my husband David and I began dating. The days of […]