Honoring Our Ancestors: Inspiring Stories of the Quest for Our Roots by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
I would like to thank Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, for including Cindy in her new book Honoring Our Ancestors: Inspiring Stories of the Quest for Our Roots. Megan first approached me with the idea in March, to include the eulogy I gave for Cindy, among 50 stories of unique ways people have paid tribute to others. This wonderful book (which includes the picture of Cindy and me at Cedar Lawn) is now in print and is available in all the major chains such as Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Books-a-Million and can be ordered at Amazon.com. Megan has also written two articles with Cindy's story in Ancestry magazine and Ancestry Daily News (9/11 issue).
Please take a minute to visit Megan's website www.honoringourancestors.com to learn about her many accomplishments in the field of genealogy.
Megan felt an instant connection with Cindy, but not because of genealogy alone. Megan played an extra in Cindy's favorite movie "Contact." She wrote that, "Cindy's fascination with the theme of the movie gives me a more complete picture of her than so many photos ever could." Since Megan has contacted me I have found refuge in imagining Cindy is safe among the stars, where she dreamed of one day traveling. As Megan wrote recently, "I can?t separate Cindy in my mind from ?Contact? ? I?ve mentally replaced Jodie Foster with her ? and I truly believe she knows all you?ve done to honor her memory. You are brother and sister for eternity."
Megan's kind words, genealogy advice and tributes to Cindy have meant the world to us. It is with the help of many special people like Megan that I have been able to honor Cindy's memory. Thank You!