Archive for September 2012

There will be NO vicious cyberbullying attacks on my blog. Period.

Last night, it came to my attention that a group had launched a vicious character attack against a young woman who had written a guest blog post for Portrait of an Adoption.  The guest poster had written about her personal journey toward adoption.  It was simply her story, shortened to fit in a blog post.... Read more »

“I want to go live with my birthmother. She is the only one who cares about me.”

“I want to go live with my birthmother.  She is the only one who cares about me.”
As my oldest daughter rapidly approaches the tweens, her behavior has grown more complex.  Sometimes she is the very model of cooperation and compliance, but there are other times when my sweet little girl transforms into a moody grouch who bristles with hostility. Last month, after an incident that required us to lay down a... Read more »

I Had Been Waiting for Years: Guest Post by Melissa Flanagan

I can’t remember the exact age when I first thought I would struggle to bear children, though I distinctly recall having that thought sometime early on in high school.  Maybe it was the overly-painful, difficult menstruation I experienced at too young an age, or perhaps just intuition, but somehow I knew.  And I was right.... Read more »
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Call for Submissions: 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days

Last year, I ran a special series on my blog called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, and I invited people to submit their own personal essays about how adoption has affected them.  The result was an astonishingly beautiful series with brave, honest essays by adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, foster parents, and waiting adoptive parents.... Read more »

Flying to China to Adopt in the Wake of 9/11 – Guest Post by Janice Cody

This is a guest post by Janice Cody: “For me, adoption is a global issue.  In making our decision to adopt, we took into consideration issues that were affecting adoption in the United States, the Soviet Block countries, Latin America, and Asia.  We had not considered US relations with the Middle East as a factor,... Read more »

An Adoptive Mom's Musings On Her Daughter's Ninth Birthday

An Adoptive Mom's Musings On Her Daughter's Ninth Birthday
Today is my oldest daughter’s birthday.  She is nine years old.  I didn’t give birth to her, which always astonishes me a little bit when we celebrate her birthday.  Sometimes I think of all the millions of random events that had to come together in just the right way for Katie to become my daughter.... Read more »
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Miami News Station Local 10 Listens to Star Wars Fans and Issues Formal Apology

Yesterday, after receiving private messages of distress from many Star Wars fans, I wrote a post about the cruel photo slideshow that Local 10 in Miami was using to taunt Star Wars fans.  In the past few days, thousands upon thousands of Star Wars fans have implored the news station to take down the slideshow... Read more »

Miami News Station Local 10 Called Out for Cyberbullying the Star Wars Fans

I awoke this morning to a slew of private messages on my Facebook page, all from members of the incredible charitable organization, The 501st Legion.  Apparently, a number of news stations were running a cruel photo gallery with pictures of fans from a recent Star Wars convention, and each photo was paired with a mean,... Read more »

'Twas the night before school starts (and my kid is terrified).

'Twas the night before school starts (and my kid is terrified).
‘Twas the night before school starts and all through the house, Little creatures were stirring (but no sign of a louse). Lunches were packed and stored in the fridge, Bedtime was firm and would not move a smidge. Alas, peaceful sleep was not to be found, My mama bear nerves had me pacing around. At... Read more »
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Donna's Cancer Story, A Year After The World Met This Amazing Girl

Donna's Cancer Story, A Year After The World Met This Amazing Girl
It has been a year since I first sat in a diner with Sheila Quirke.  The purpose of that initial lunch was an interview.  Sheila was in the midst of writing Donna’s Cancer Story for her blog, Mary Tyler Mom, and I was so taken with the story that I contacted Sheila and asked her... Read more »