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  • Wedding Toast

    by Ray

    For the record, here is the toast given by the bride’s father at Michelle and Thomas’s wedding on August 23, 1991:
    Hello - as the proud father of the bride I have the pleasure of welcoming you all here to this happy event, and of starting the festivities off with a few (very few, don’t worry) (...)

  • Voyage to the land of our forefathers Oct. 12-15, 2011

    by Ray

    Brother John and I spent these four days visiting, for the first time ever, the area between London and Embro in southern Ontario where our great-grandparents James Smith and Helen McWilliam settled in 1850 after a harrowing 13-week sea voyage from their native Banffshire in northeastern (...)

  • New thoughts this year 2006

    by Dylan

    Merry New Year’s everyone. Head is swimming. Booze and frolic and dance and all. It was the night. The night to imagine the world stops spinning and fills up to the brim in champagne and joy that we made with our own hands. A night to scream about being alive, life is only going to get better. (...)

  • Laila’s Wedding Speech at the Cradle of Humankind

    by Laila

    Our Marriage
    I wish to begin with a few verses from a song by Bockshot Lefonk entitled ‘I know why the caged bird sings”.
    ‘The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but long forestill And his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom’
    A free bird (...)

  • Letters from Paris and South Africa : October-November 2005

    by David

    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005
    Hi Aneka!
    Thanks so much for your great letter!
    I’m about to sit down to dinner with Sandy and Marie, so I’ll write at more length later. Meanwhile, here are some photos we took this afternoon before Sandy’s battery went dead. Many more to come tomorrow. All my love, (...)