Yolanda Lopez Miranda

General Information
Current Name
Adrianne Miller
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Yolanda Lopez Miranda
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Friday, March 30, 1962
Relocated To
972 SW 6 St, Miami
Stayed With
Ruben Collazo, friend

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It feels like now my soul may be able to begin to mend. Let's hope bringing out our stories will help others do the same. You are so lucky to have your mami with you! My mother was a complicated woman and I was much closer to my madrina Celia. She is in a nursing home in Miami and I go see her every six months but she doesn't remember I was there five minutes later. She does recognize me, and for that moment in time all is what it has always been. And I won't tell anyone you cried... Sometimes I feel, and I say so in my memoir, that the KLM plane I came here in was like a second womb. Two such different lives... Un abrazo de tu tocaya, Yolie

Message by Adrianne Miller | Sep 1st 2009

Dear Yolie, I just read your notes to me and I cried too. What a pair of sentimental kids we are. Oh! I forgot that I've told everyone I am not sentimental, so don't say a word.-You and I lost our dads on the same year. My mother is still with me, but she's moving rather hastily toward a reunion with papi. Finding this network has been therapeutic for me as I connect with the people who also experienced, still in childhood, the end of one life and the beginning of another, and have also taken all these years to put our stories all together once again. Yes, let’s stay in touch. Your tocaya, with another hug.

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Sep 1st 2009

When I first saw my name here I cried. When I received your message I cried again. El abrazo de bienvenida, it was like coming home. I am finally in the company of my brothers and sisters in this silent exile that clamors to be known. Your story in so many ways similar to mine, yet they are all unique. Continuing my story, I left California to join my parents in Indiana. Then moved to Kentucky where I met my first husband and had three children. By then my dad was teaching at St. Leo College in FLA. He retired in his Miami because he wanted to be buried close to his mother. My mother died in 1996 and my father died in 2007. Again, thank you for your warm greeting. Please know that for me, editing these stories will be a labor of my heart. Un abrazo, Yolie

Message by Adrianne Miller | Aug 31st 2009

Querida Tocaya, I am Yolie to my Cuban friends, please call me Yolie! What a moving story you have and what a wonderful writer you are! I was born in Havana in 1947. My father, Pablo Lopez-Capestany was a journalist and writer in Cuba. I went to Nuestra Senora de Lourdes in La Vibora and later to Merici Academy in Miramar. i left March 30, 1962 and was fostered in Miami until late summer when my parents somehow arranged for me to go to Ursuline High School- boarding school, in Santa Rosa, CA. Have to work tomorrow, will write more as soon as possible. Let's stay in touch, Yolanda. I want to tell your story.

Message by Adrianne Miller | Aug 31st 2009

Let me be the first to greet you, Tocaya -or should I call you Adrianne? I am delighted to read you are willing and able to undertake the writing or editing of our stories -you'll see why if you look at some comments in my profile. Now I'll also look forward to the publication of your book, but in the meantime I hope to hear more about where you are from in Cuba and where you were during your first months in our new country. Can you tell we are a rather nosy bunch? Con un abrazo de Bienvenida, Yolanda

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Aug 30th 2009

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