Category Archives: family

Revisiting a Visitation

My father died in October 1987. I wasn’t aware of this fact until 2007, twenty years later. He visited me in the early days of 1988, and I wrote a post about that ‘visitation’ a few years ago. Now I … Continue reading

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My Little Girl’s All Growed Up

She came back to Canada to celebrate my 70th birthday with me. She did the same for my 60th, ten years ago. She’s been here at other times, through the years, but these two are special. Flashback to 2010 Rosanna … Continue reading

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It’s My Party and I’ll Try if I Want to…

Happy 70th Most birthdays seem insignificant. Usually, I’m a bit blasé about them. But this one feels different. I suppose embarking on my 8th decade might be enough. However, there will be a full Moon in Leo tonight, and that … Continue reading

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Adapting to Adoption

A Fairy Tale Once upon a time, there was a little child who needed a new family to keep her safe and secure. Then she was adopted. After some traumatic adventures, some good and some bad, she lived happily ever … Continue reading

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How Many Times Do I Need to Say It?

Derek, My Son   Did I tell you enough times how I loved you? Everything about you makes me smile. Right now my words might seem too few, Except I think a thought for every mile Keeping me away from … Continue reading

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High-Functioning Anxiety

What is it? January is mental wellness month. I often wonder why certain months become associated with specific things. January is easier to reason out why without stating the obvious. I come from a family of achievers. The genetics are … Continue reading

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Childhood Game: Chinese Whispers

Information Sharing or Gossiping? Are you old enough to remember playing this game as a child? There are variations to it: in the British version, the first person would whisper one word to the next person, and that person would … Continue reading

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My Great Aunt’s Diaries: 1949-1952

A Look at Life in Toronto Out of the blue, my second cousin, Norah, sent me transcripts of some diaries that her grandmother had written. I suspect she thought I’d be interested in the passages that featured my biological father, … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season for Mental Health Issues

Christmas Time is Here Again It’s less than a week until the big day: it’s a focus for most everyone in the western hemisphere. But is it jolly, happy or bright? Not necessarily. If anything, Christmas reminds us of family … Continue reading

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You’re Talking My Language

Text of an undated talk given by my father, James Ewart Miller The Tower of Babel Remember the story of the tower of Babel where men tried to build a tower that would reach to heaven? Those ancient people were … Continue reading

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