Stop and Smell the Roses

By Steven V. Philips - My Grandma, Bertha Nye Philips, was born in North Montpelier, Vermont in 1874. Her daddy owned (then) the oldest continuously run General Store in the USA , which kept on running into the late 1940s. So my great-grand-daddy was a Town Father. He had a marble bathtub, a red one. Among the Nyes’ other “prized things” was a blush-cream-pink, climbing rose, and it’s the background in many...