Grandmother learns to smoke, or, Hollywood must smell awful

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My grandmother was a fan of sophisticated movie stars, and one day decided that she should learn to smoke. And she never did anything halfway. With a determined look on her face, she planted herself in the rocking chair in the middle of her bedroom and applied herself single-mindedly to becoming the world’s greatest smoker. None of us will ever forget it. Continue reading

Great-grandmother’s candlestick, my most treasured possession

Mary Ethel Wynne Helvenston tintype photo. #Mary Ethel Wynne #Mary Ethel Wynne Helvenston

My great-grandmother lived¬†during a time of great injustice. Slavery was practiced in the South; child labor was rampant in Northern factories.¬†As the daughter of slave owners, she was too young at the time of the Civil War to comprehend all … Continue reading