23andMe: What’s It All About?

Before we begin, this is all me. I’m not shilling for 23andMe. Many people in the adoption community ask about 23andMe and the other genetic testing services. This is a review, I suppose you could say, of the 23andMe service. Ever since we first adopted Jackson, I imagined that, one day, we would do one of … Continue reading

Redefining Racism

racism [rey-siz-uh m] noun 1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others. 2. a policy, system of government, … Continue reading

This Month At Adoption.com

I know, it’s April Fools Day, so I should be writing about being pregnant or adopting a third child or selling my kids on eBay or something. But, I just don’t do April Fools Day. It’s my grandfather’s birthday, and he’s been dead for 10 years now. Why don’t you give me a paper cut … Continue reading

Dealing with the loss of your parents…

Originally posted on The adopted ones blog:
This is to all parents, but especially to adoptive parents due to the fact that some (perhaps many) start parenting later in life. My hope is that you will consider ensuring that you make the time after you pass for your children as easy as mom and dad have made…

Why New Hampshire? (And Why Not Pittsburgh?)

We’ve recently begun telling people – dentists, teachers, etc. – that we will be moving to New Hampshire this summer. The #1 question we get is: Why New Hampshire? As readers know, we’re moving to New Hampshire because the state of California believes it has the right to make medical decisions for children.* That is … Continue reading

California Bucket List

Last week, I created a California Bucket List – things to do before we leave California. I know you’re dying to know what’s on it, so without further ado: Lindsay Wildlife Museum after their renovations Bay Area Discovery Museum California Academy of Sciences  Charles M. Schulz Museum Exploratorium San Diego Zoo (and maybe the Oakland … Continue reading

Where Are We Going and Why Are We In This Hand Basket?

Today, I’m going to talk about something I don’t usually write about: politics. Despite the fact that most of my state’s Democrats threw all Californian children under a bus, I am still a registered Democrat. Although, that’s only because I can’t change my party affiliation online. But I am a liberal. When I take the “Which … Continue reading

How to Raise a Douchebag

A friend of mine shared the following picture on Facebook.* It reads: Are you delivering your son’s forgotten lunch? His sports equipment? His binder or homework? Please turn around and save yourself from… “The Walk of Shame.” Your son will learn to be independent and responsible if you dont [sic] bring these forgotten items to school … Continue reading

Adoption as a First Choice

Adoption was always my first choice. Most people assume that other people adopt because of infertility. They can’t have “their own” children, so they “have to” adopt. I actually had someone lecture me about how I should understand what it feels like to lose a child because of what I had lost by being infertile. … Continue reading