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Tova Kai Williams - my niece, daughter of my sister Minda
and her husband Billy
This kid is cool. Fascinated by everything, shaken by nothing,
a real rock in the world. I suppose she cries, but even then she
doesn't get too upset about it. She could sleep on a rocket, yet
I hear she's awakened by Minda rolling over across the room. And
she's got rhythm. She's getting her own web site soon - try Minda's
Page for more startling images....
Also starring Jack Williams, Billy's dad. I don't know whose
hands are in the third picture, but if you know, send
Kyrena and Lydia Szubart - also nieces, from my sister Keta
and her husband Frank
These two troublemakers get cuter and more mischevious by the day,
but I only get an update every few months, so they're always full of surprises.
Last I saw them, Lydia knew how to walk but was waiting until she could
really surprise us all by keeping up with dad Frank in a marathon, and
Kyrena was quietly working on a major in germanic languages...
Kyrena hasn't quite learned how to keep the right end up when bouncing
on the trampoline, but when she does, boy is she gonna sail! Lydia
finds the bouncing a bit unnerving, but as long as Kyrena is having fun,
she must be also!
They have their own web sites - go see Szubyland
Also starring me and Petra.
From left to right in the first picture, we have Muezza, Milou, and
Vita, in unusually close proximity. Alpha Milou forms a barrier between
the other two, who don't prefer to keep company together. Notice
how naturally they pose for the photo. In the second picture we see
how Muezza idolizes Milou, emulating her in every way except color, and
even that she's working on... The third picture shows how easy it is to
get all crossed up... 'hey, that's my food over there!' We call it
Sorry, no pictures of Molly (the dog) yet - I haven't found any good
ones! Not too photogenic, that girl...
Ok, here's me playing guitar, me in Washington DC, and me drinking
water in Mazatlan, in a rare photo opportunity caught by Mark Nelsen.
Also we see me in an unusual pose with Lydia, and Rimli watching in mock
amusement as she coddles Tova.
Here's my truck, half drowned in the water at Dave's bachelor party.
Steve is helping to pull it out, while Jack works on the wet engine parts.
Also we have some images on some wall somewhere in the world.
Uplands Farm, c. 1900
This is the ol' homestead where I grew up. Somehow, even in my
most experimental engineering phases, I never managed to burn it down.
These pictures were taken before either me or my siblings or my dad got
ahold of it. It looks different now.
Historical Photos from the Files of my grandmother, Florence Viola
Briggs (Jarvis), aka Florence Jr.
I think these are in approximately chronological order:
The first is of her mother, Florence Arminda Jarvis (whom I refer to
as Florence Sr.), taken in 1910, after arriving in the United States from
New Zealand. When she arrived in 1906, the welcoming comittee arranged
an earthquake and the burning of an entire city, which kept her boat anchored
in the San Fransisco Bay for about a week. The second is of Florence
Jr. with her elder sister Margaret, who died in 1922 of double black diptheria.
The third is of Florence Sr. and Florence Jr, outside their home in Tacoma,
WA. The fourth is Florence Sr., taken at some later date of which
I am not sure.
The fourth and fifth are the same photo, but the fourth has annotations
indicating who is whom and the fifth has very high resolution. These
were taken in Oregon in 1924 when the family came down to pick hops, and
show Florence Sr., Florence Jr., her father (Charles Jarvis), and her brother,