Through the Years: Life, Love, Tears, and Laughter

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Dog Ear Publishing, 2011 - 120 pages
In my youth, my father said to me, "Don't just read about life, but LIVE it, so that others may read about you."

I write because I love to write. Words fascinate me. I did not plan to write a book. As my writings became many, my granddaughter, Heather, insisted that they belonged in a book. Bless her. She worked long and hard taking care of all the details. Because of her, the book exists.

The book holds my memories, observations, love, laughter, tears, and poems. It embraces a loving family, cherished friends, and faithful pets. In retrospect, it is a brief glance into my life- the way it has been the ninety-two years that I have walked this earth.

And so too, to let the world know that I was here. Okay Dad?
-Irene Runkle Smith
July 2010

I was born in 1918, on Cool Springs Farm in Ashville (Columbus), Ohio, to loving parents who raised me with high morals and values and to always respect truth and honesty.

After school, I worked in the Budget Department at General Motors. My dearest role in life was wife and mother. I then worked as a postal clerk, retiring after twenty years. Norman and I enjoyed twenty years of retirement before his tragic accident and death.

I started writing after I lost Norman. Any talent of mine I owe to my father. The perfect words that flowed from his pen were inspiring.

Today I am independent, except for driving. I have the tender love of a beautiful family, and I am blessed and happy! I thank God every day for having had a wonderful and fulfilling life. I attribute my ninety-two years to love, laughter, and vinegar and honey.


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Captivating and insightful. A talented writer who shares her heart with the world through humorous, tragic, and joyous experiences throughout her lifetime. With an intrinsic good perspective in life- her words are wise, descriptive, and inspirational. This book is highly recommended for those who have given up on finding a time machine, and curious to experience a century of life through the eyes of a remarkable woman. 

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