Christmas 1958 - Steve, Tom, and Grandpa Wiebe. Family.
My brother Steve, Stephen Alton Wiebe, died recently of heart failure; he was 66 years old. Steve's wife, family and friends were around him at the end of his life, a life whose last years were painful and difficult. Steve, my older brother, is no longer suffering. I will miss him.
Ron Wiebe, my Uncle Ron, my Dad's youngest brother, died recently. I will miss him. He was a good man, a man of heart, a man who lived his life with passion, and shared his joie de vivre with everyone around him.
Book Briefly Noted, Title Flora of the Pacific Northwest, Author C. Leo Hitchcock, Arthur Cronquist, Rating 4.0,
Flora of the Pacific Northwest
C. Leo Hitchcock, Arthur Cronquist
Flora of the Pacific Northwest is an excellent dichotomous key of indigenous regional flora. It served as one of my texts for a college class in Systematic Botany, which I feared would be deathly dull, and so proved the lectures, but the laboratory unexpectedly turned out to be a rewarding journey exploring the world without and the world within.
My wife Cindy, for as long as I have known her, has gladly shared her artistic temperament. ¬†She is an accomplished singer, painter, and decorator, and has adorned our lives with the beauty of her creations, some evanescent, many more corporeal.
While doing some spring cleaning, Cindy came across some discrete milestones of¬†our courtship, perhaps a short and selective history of Cindy’s path to my heart, assisted by her pal Snoopy.
My mother, Celia Wiebe, has loved music for as long as I can remember. She often played music on the record player when we were growing up, mostly classical, and encouraged her children from their earliest ages to listen and to participate. She also sang around the house, and with her children; sometimes she sang solos or duets with my father in church. Her soprano voice sounded wonderful to me when she sang.
After many years on home brew hiatus, my son Jon and I have begun brewing beer together, now that he has finished his arduous post-grad studies and has time for something other than work.¬† We have managed to brew two batches of beer so far, and a third is nearly finished conditioning.¬† We have made all of the mistakes one can make starting out, but thankfully all of the beers are drinkable.