Family Matters

Family Gatherings, Sacred & Profane

By on July 18, 2011 / 2 Comments

(for publication in the Vaughan Citizen) My sister is preparing to host a large family gathering and the end of July. Forty relatives, including cousins we rarely see with their young children I’ve never met, are invited for a weekend celebration. This event gives us an opportunity to remember and strengthen our connections within the …

Becoming a Grand Mother

By on April 24, 2011 / 12 Comments

On Good Friday, I greeted my beautiful wee grandson into the world. While I was looking forward to this event, I didn’t anticipate the sudden opening of a completely new room in my heart. Many of you sent congratulations before the birth, saying how wonderful it is to be a grandparent. Still, I was amazed …

Twenty Years Ago Today…

By on February 28, 2011 / 15 Comments

Twenty years ago today, the Gulf War came to a peaceful end after four days of fierce fighting. At this exact time, I gave birth to Talulah Raven, my strange, remarkable daughter. Had she lived, she would be a young woman now making her way in the world. While she chose to only visit me …

A Son Marries…

By on June 26, 2009 / 1 Comment

  My eldest son, Neal Collins, got married on June 13th (2009) to Christina Docherty. She was as gloriously radiant, and as nervous, as any bride tends to be on their special day. Here are a few photos from the event, held in Niagara Falls in picture-perfect weather. This scene caused a huge lump in …

Frank and Verlie’s Deaths

By on March 05, 2009 / 2 Comments

Both my parents died during the Christmas holidays in 2008 My father’s death was not unexpected. Frank was hospitalised in early November with pulmonary fibrosis (scar tissue in the lungs) and was sent home with steroids and oxygen. Days before Christmas, he called us to come for his ‘last hurrah’. (One sister lives in New …

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