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Dear Dad: An Open (Heart) Letter to My Unintentionally Influential Father

Laurel Miller | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Laurel Miller

I've given my strange proclivities a lot of thought, and the only source of blame I can point to is my dad, Dr. Robert M. Miller, aka RMM, Bob, or "Doc." Most people assume that being the child of a veterinarian (a large and exotic vet, at that) isn't all that different from having a parent who's an MD, if they think about it at all.

Bookworm in the Blood

Rachael Berkey | Posted 07.13.2013 | Books
Rachael Berkey

A lot of my bookworm qualities and habits stem from a childhood surrounded by and bolstered by the stacks of books my mother read. While the whole family was distinctly bookish -- we really have more books than is healthy -- my mom was book hoarder in charge.

Fading Away: A Lesson in Life, Death, and Reconciliation

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 12.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert L. Cavnar

She looked at me and asked if I had anything to say. It all came out at once; I burst into tears, unable to speak. She apologized for the years she was hard on me, saying she only wanted me to be successful. It didn't matter what words she used. I understood her meaning, and forgave her.

Devotion, Doggone It

Stephanie Gertler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Gertler

I sent a spry little dog to the vet that morning and received a dog that look 10 years older. I couldn't shake the comparison to my mother, who'd gone in for a simple procedure seven years ago and suffered complications.