Getting Oriented

This post was originally published on AdoptionBlogs.com on May 14, 2010. Republished here with permission. Tonight, my husband and I attended an orientation meeting by a local facilitator. We’re most likely going to sign with them in the very near future. Both of the presenters worked for the organization and were mothers through adoption. There … Continue reading

Adoption Carnival: Mother’s Day

This post was originally published on AdoptionBlogs.com on May 10, 2010. Republished here with permission. This month’s Grown In My Heart Adoption Carnival is inspired by Ernest Hemingway. Once asked to write a full story in six words, legend has it that novelist Ernest Hemingway responded: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” We all know … Continue reading

The First Thirteen, by Jana Wolff

The First Thirteen, by Jana Wolff

This post was originally published on AdoptionBlogs.com on March 26, 2010. Republished here with permission. Back in January, I wrote a review of the book A Love Like No Other. In it, I said I disliked the essay “The First Thirteen”, by Jana Wolff. Ms. Wolff actually emailed me about it, in a very classy … Continue reading

November 8th

My mom still has a Facebook page. I’m not sure how to make it go away. I’d probably have to get my dad’s permission to do it, and I’m not sure I want to have to take that three-way phone call. (Remind me to tell you the story of his cable bill.) Anyway, the fact … Continue reading

I Just Can’t Even: Mask Shaming Edition

I Just Can’t Even: Mask Shaming Edition

“I can’t imagine fearing for my children’s lives over something that is supposed to ‘protect them’” ~ One of my white Facebook friends For those who don’t want to read this whole rambling, the point is this: Masks should not be mandated. If you want to wear a mask, wear a mask. If you don’t … Continue reading

Blasts From the Past

Starting tomorrow, and continuing over the next year, I’m going to be republishing many of my blog posts from AdoptionBlogs.com. That site, while still active and operated by adoption.com, purged a lot of their older content. I wrote for them from February 2009 to December 2010. I’m not saying these are great works or anything. … Continue reading

I Just Can’t Even: Black Lives Edition

I Just Can’t Even: Black Lives Edition

I haven’t been writing. That’s not entirely true. I have entire books written inside my head. I just can’t commit anything to the physically written word. The problem is, words don’t matter. I’ve written many words… You’ve Heard of Trayvon Martin, in 2012 Shot, in 2013 None of That Was Done By Whites, in 2014 … Continue reading

Adoption Dot Com Blog Posts

Answering a WordPress question for a friend, I realized it had been a long time since I’d revamped my blog. I decided to start with making a list of all of the blog posts I wrote for adoption.com when I worked as a Storyteller. Words Matter, January 22, 2015 Five Great Books About Adoption for … Continue reading

Safe States

Safe States

Note: This post is not about coronavirus; this post is about adoption. Going down an Internet rabbit hole yesterday, I found the web site for The Adoption Consultancy, an adoption consultant who states that she will help couples “navigate what can be an overwhelming, complicated, time-consuming and frustrating process.” In the adoption community, there’s some … Continue reading