Are LeBron, Meryl & Mick heroes? Nope, but MissVirginia Bullock was.

Miss Virginia C. Bullock (1910–84) was fussy, cranky, and anxious. But she kept her family in one piece during trying times.

(This article, under the title “The Piecing of Her Past,” first appeared in The New York Times on October 26, 1997.)

SHE handed me the shopping list. This is how it read the first week and, with few…