Creating Fiction from History: 1/5/2022


January 5, 2022

Barbara Jo Stafford, or Barbie as she was commonly known, was an only child.

The circumstances of her emergence into this world were quite miraculous; some might even say magical and mysterious.

Jo Ann and Jacob, Barbie's parents, had been trying for some time to have a child, but with no luck. Having exhausted all the standard, doctor-approved means, the Staffords decided to try some rather unconventional ones.

A friend of a friend of a friend told Jo Ann, over a quilt one Tuesday morning on a bright July day, how her grandparents had brought with them from the Old Country a wealth of f...

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