Category Archives: Family


Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows: Isn’t it curious how physical objects become imbued with the memories of people who have been dear to us. The watch on the right is the one I received from my mother, Jane Abramson, … Continue reading

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Dubious or Unlucky

In “Discovered Relatives“, Neil Remington Abramson wrote, in part, as follows: My great grandfather was Rev. Daniel Stewart Sutherland, the only known member of the family to convert from Presbyterian to Anglican, to win the heart of the woman he … Continue reading

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Night Shift

When I was living with my parents, my mother would always stay up when I went out at night, not going to bed until I got back home. Sitting at the kitchen table, smoking, and waiting. Particularly important during high … Continue reading

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Meet The Patels

Came across this 2014 documentary, Meet The Patels: A period in the life of Ravi Patel and his family, as shot by his sister, Geeta Patel. How it came together: All these angles and edges when one’s parents try to … Continue reading

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Wrote about decision by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario: Masetich v. Value Village Stores, 2016 HRTO 1229. The decision involves a difference in interpretation as to the nature of accommodation an employer must give in relation to caregiving responsibilities. … Continue reading

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Discovered Relatives

Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows: I have found some of my Sutherland relatives. Sutherland is the mother’s side of William Walter Remington, my father. They were talking at Christmas about their relative who died in prison so long ago, … Continue reading

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From The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester (1996): …we carry our ancesters with us in our every gesture: Who has not caught himself performing an action as quotidian as picking up a glass, brushing the dust off a mantelpiece, … Continue reading

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Life Out

It was all out on the street, up the street. Not quite like the above. No person sitting, in shock. They had already been moved away. Knew them, for decades. This was the rest of the family, throwing out whatever … Continue reading

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From Swamp Angel, by Ethel Wilson (1954): Nothing is more potent and insidious than unanimity about an only child, or division about an only child.

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Who they are

As a last holiday period for some, seems more important to reflect on who they are, rather than who they aren’t. Frustration with elderly parents. Some child saying my mother thinks she is all alone, because her parents and brother … Continue reading

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