Letter to Governor Jerry Brown, Re: SB277

Letter to Governor Jerry Brown, Re: SB277

Dear Governor Brown, I’m sure you’re receiving thousands of letters in opposition to SB277. These are two more to add to your pile – one from my son and one from my husband and me. I’ll begin by summarizing this letter’s points: Medical decisions belong in the hands of parents and health care providers, not … Continue reading

Jinxy

We never intended to have another cat. When we moved to California, my wonderful, compassionate, lovable Katchoo died. Sassy remained, and, over time, became a loving, huggable kitty too. But Sassy did not like other cats. We had a kitten, Giles, for four short months (he died of FIP). Sassy had hated Katchoo, and she … Continue reading

May the 4th Be With You

For Star Wars Day, I got to write a fun article about what the Star Wars saga might have looked like if Luke Skywalker had known his adoption story… Would Luke Skywalker’s Life Have Been Different if He Had Known His Adoption Story? Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Plot   (Image credit.)

It’s May?!?! Seriously?

It’s May?!?! Seriously?

I’ve been neglecting this blog, that’s for sure. Working full time and being mom to two does not leave too much free time. I’m going to do a quick recap for my readers who read for that, then promise to go back to posting at least weekly moving forward. I’ve missed this writing! First, I’ve … Continue reading

The Duct Tape Incident and Related Stories

In 2013, I wrote a vague post about an incident that occurred at Jackson’s then-school, Antioch Charter Academy II. To make one long story short, one of the Elementary teachers at Jackson’s school is on administrative leave while being investigated for abuse. The family of the child whom she allegedly abused is suing the school … Continue reading

Back at Adoption.com

Before Cassie was born, I wrote for AdoptionBlogs.com. I had to take a break when I was writing four adoption-related pieces each week, plus, you know, trying to actually adopt a baby. This past fall, I talked to them about writing for the new and improved Adoption.com. My first article was published today! How to … Continue reading

Biology Isn’t Best

Biology Isn’t Best

When you spend a lot of time in the online adoption community, as I do, you see a lot of the same sentiments come up, again and again: Adoption should be a last resort. Babies don’t need stuff. All they need is love – love from their biological families. It’s always best for a child … Continue reading

Happy New Year from The Chittister Family

Happy New Year from The Chittister Family

  WARM HOLIDAY HUGS Hello Friends and Family! We hope this letter finds you healthy, happy for this holiday season, and hopeful for the year ahead. In these newsletters, I try to focus on the positive. The past couple of years have been somewhat difficult. But, in the immortal words of Howard Jones, “things can … Continue reading