I'll ask my grandma about the Ices. She remembers a lot more than she forgets, even at 88. I hear you about the graves. I was rather tactfully reminded of my duties the year after my grandfather died, when my cousins mentioned that while decorating their (my mom's) side's resting places, they'd also taken time to visit and decorate my father's side. Deeply moved, I thanked them, and told them from here on out if they wanted to keep that up, the least I could do would be to fund the effort, so in April or May each year I send along a check.I trust all of us Flint Hills folk have read Heat-Moon's _PrairyErth_. The irony there for me is that Heat-moon keeps touching my life. First, in _Blue Highways_, he went through the small Washington lumber town where I went to high school--a pic in there is of people I know. Then _PE_ with its obvious connection. Then _River-Horse_, and his boating causes him to stop here in the Tri-Cities (near the confluence of the Columbia and Snake). And if that wasn't weird enough, I was in Costa Opa's (if you like Seattle restaurants, you probably know it...Greek food, Fremont bridge area by Dusty Strings) one day and there he is at the next table. Unmistakable-looking gent. After his party finished and were getting up to go, I talked to him for a bit. Nice fellow. His book sure added a lot to my reminisces of Chase.
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