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...