Tag: family

My latest book: the First World War memoirs of my grandfather-in-law

My latest book isn’t one I wrote, it’s one I edited. It’s One Lucky Devil, the First World War memoirs of my grandfather-in-law, Sampson J. Goodfellow, published by my new publishing company, Shadowpaw Press. I always knew that this would be the second book from Shadowpaw Press, after my collection of short stories, Paths to …

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Obituary for my mother, Nina Mae Willett, 1926-2013

I’m very sorry to report that my mother, Nina Mae Willett, died yesterday morning in Weyburn at the age of 87 years. Here is the obituary I’ve written for her for the Weyburn Review. Several years ago my Mom wrote her memoirs (and well-written they are, too, as you’d expect…don’t tell ME there’s no genetic …

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Grandpa, big brother, and me

My brother Jim took home a bunch of my father’s old slides after his visit with my Mom over the weekend, and has started scanning some of them and posting them over on Facebook. I particularly liked this one. This is me (the little guy), my brother Dwight (five years older to the day) and …

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The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. Goodfellow, Part 28: Flashback – Early Childhood

I’m posting the First World War memoirs of my grandfather-in-law, Sampson J. Goodfellow, a few pages at a time… (Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. Part 8. Part 9. Part 10. Part 11. Part 12. Part 13. Part 14. Part 15. Part 16. Part 17. Part 18. …

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Photo of the Day that was Taken Seven Years Ago: Happy Birthday, Alice Laura Mae!

Posted with my wife’s permission:

“Study: Women Are in Charge at Home“: A study, which was just released, finds that wives have more power than their husbands in making decisions and dominating discussions.

And the first shall be…first

A few years ago I wrote about the effect of birth order on personality, a topic of particular interest to me as the youngest of three boys. At the time I noted that birth order has been studied since early last century, when psychologist Alfred Adler suggested that an only child may become over-protected and …

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Pottery (nothing to do with Harry)

I majored in journalism in university but I minored in art. (Well, actually I minored in Dungeons and Dragons, but the university refused to give me credit for it. Go figure.) Of all my art classes, my favorite was pottery. I loved making pots, but as a certain hideously ugly four-kilogram cream pitcher can attest, …

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Firstborn children are the cleverest

I’m the youngest of three boys. I’ve sent this story to my oldest brother in the hope he might be able to explain it to me.

For Father’s Day…

…the eulogy I wrote for my father, James Lee Willett, who died five years ago. EULOGY FOR JAMES LEE WILLETT, 1926-2002 James Lee Willett was born January 9, 1926, in Mesilla, New Mexico, to Ewan Chambers Willett and Bessie Brown Willett. He received his elementary education at Burkburnett, Texas, and his secondary education at Coffeyville, …

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Photo of the Weekend: Gleeful Girl

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Hey, that’s my name!

Intellectually, each of us knows that there are probably other people in the world who share our name, unless it’s a very unusual one. I’ve gotten used to the fact there are various other Edward Willetts (both living and dead) and Ed Willetts. But it was a shock today to discover that there is also …

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