Uncle Billy (7/20/16)

UncleBillyIn loving memory of my great-uncle, William Wolfram Ashley, affectionatley known as Uncle Billy. He was a quirky, delightful man and a fixture in my life since before I can remember.

The moon is a tribute to his philosophical nature, his sense of whimsy, and his decades-long career at NASA. “So it goes…” was the mantra of his missives, peppering his lengthy letters at regular intervals.

The slice of angel food cake? I don’t think my mother and grandmother literally baked two for every family gathering — one for us and one for Billy to feed the dog — but that’s sure how it seemed. Somewhere out there, Duchess is greeting him eagerly.


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