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xxiii i wish to express my gratitude to family and friends who encouraged me for many years to write about my life. While some of it would provide interesting or entertaining memories as social history over many de­ cades, the most meaningful part of my life, after motherhood, can be found within the small town of my husband’s Owen ancestors, New Harmony, Indiana. My father, Robert Lee Blaffer, and after him my brother, John, never ceased to support my belief in New Harmony. Over the years, I have been asked to give interviews, write introductions , speak in various settings, and provide information for historians, biographers, and scholars. I always envisioned, however, writing about my New Harmony adventures and revealing the full story myself. I appreciate the efforts of those who ­ were directly involved in transforming the idea of a book into reality. Two women helped in the beginning. Barbara Conrey worked with me in New Harmony on individual chapters. Roger Rasbach introduced Donna Mosher, a busy editor with Segue Communications, to me at lunch, knowing of my need for assistance. Donna graciously transformed my handwritten pages into a coherent form on the computer. I asked my good Houston friend Ted Estess, Founding Dean of the Honors College at the University of Houston, to read the rough draft. His wife, Sybil Pittman Estess, my longtime friend and a wonderful poet, read along with him. Ted devoted considerable time in the fall of 2008 to reviewing the draft and knew it would benefit from extensive research before revising. Ted gave me the best advice possible when he recommended Nancy, who had worked with him on his recent book Be Well: Reflections on Graduating from College. Ac­know­ledg­ments xxiv Ac­know­ledg­ments My gratitude and appreciation for Nancy Mangum McCaslin, who became my personal editor, is boundless. Nancy understood immediately that a mother mea­ sures time and events in relation to her children rather than by a calendar, and her research assistance was always sensitive and more accurate than a bloodhound following a scent. Her editing was intuitive and gentle. Her tireless efforts on my behalf are invaluable, as is our close friendship. She also suggested two knowledgeable readers who would bring their expertise to my memoir. Connie Weinzapfel, Director of Historic New Harmony, read my manuscript for the accuracy of historical references as well as contemporary details related to New Harmony. A dear friend and collaborator on several other projects, Connie worked most recently with me on the foreword for New Harmony Then and Now, with text by Donald E. Pitzer and photographs by Darryl D. Jones, available through Indiana University Press, Quarry Books. Other photographs by Darryl are included in the following pages. Ben Nicholson, Associate Professor of Architecture, Interior Architecture , and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, read my manuscript in his capacity as ­co-­editor of the forthcoming Forms of Spirituality: Modern Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony. Laura Foster Nicholson, naturally, read along with him. They are more recent transplants to New Harmony with whom I enjoy a rich friendship; each brought unique talents that enrich our community. Laura is one of the top weavers in the country, with a studio full of glorious works in progress on her looms. Ben can often be found patiently creating labyrinths with what­ ever nature has to offer him, such as multicolored autumnal leaves. While reading an early draft of Forms of Spirituality, I began to consider it as a companion book to mine that would balance two perspectives, the scholarly with the personal. I also want to thank William R. Crout, Found­ er and Curator, the Paul Tillich Lectures, the Memorial Church, Harvard University. Bill is a former student, editorial assistant, and friend of Paul Tillich. Always a southern gentleman at heart and my East Coast friend for over a de­ cade, Bill graciously provided helpful information about Tillich. He and Nancy­ were indefatigable allies of mine concerning chronological details about Paul Tillich for my memoir. Ac­know­ledg­ments xxv I was pleased to renew communication with Ralph G. Schwarz, and I thank him for aiding my memories about his time in New Harmony. The maps of New Harmony, which will orient readers to our town and its surrounding area, ­ were graciously designed by my friend Kenneth A. “Kent” Schuette, Clinical Professor, Landscape Architecture, at Purdue University, and illustrated by Roy Boswell, with technical assistance provided by Nicholas Mitchel...


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