The following good people have been instrumental in the completion of this compilation
of poetry, prose and memories in verse. For each of them are tightly interwoven
into this labor of the spirit as well as my heart. I would not exist without their light leaving the memories and inspiration
set forth, benign.
Children: S. Christian Smith, M. Shane Smith, Barbara Barnum;
Delightful Daughter-in-Law: Angie Quandt Smith who suffered the loss of
Chris during his hours of assistance with this project.
Sisters: Joyce Ruble Bradford & Faye Ruble Engle;
My Late Brother: Lanny Ray Ruble,
The Criswell Family, The Tanner Family, The Lednum Family of Staley NC, The Smith Family
of Siler City NC, Piney Grove UMC, Siler City NC; Hopeful Lutheran Church, Florence KY;
The late Bertha Davenport of North Vernon IN;
Steve Smith, my fella of forty years, who allowed me pursuit of the desires of my heart,
especially the ones he doesn't understand; and what a ride in this life.
Chris and Shane: Thank you both for your editing skills, encouragement and strength.
Chris, for taking time to afford me your wisdom in layout, contacts and hours of review. Shane for your spell checks
Ciara, Connor, Quinn, Alex and Sophie Smith: my divine grands, the very beat of
my heart and inspiration of the beauty of life.
Corrie, The Better Editor: Thank you for your kind words and solid suggestions.