Archive for July 2015

For My Dad, One of the Best Men I Know

For My Dad, One of the Best Men I Know
Today, after 41 years of service, my dad retired from his job.  Simply put, he is a pulmonary doctor.  But he has been so much more over the years. When I think about Dad, I immediately imagine his big smile — the same big smile that my younger sister Jenny has – and his dark... Read more »

Life Happens in the Detours: An Unexpected Journey to Camp

I had the usual anxieties as we prepared to drive from Chicago to the very northern edge of Minnesota to leave our 8-year-old at sleep-away camp for the first time. Would she be homesick?  Would her counselors keep on top of her extensive allergy medications – a daily regimen of pills, inhalants, and ointments –... Read more »

Dear Mom and Dad, Camp Is Great Except These 3 Things:

Yesterday was the 8th day since we had received any form of communication from our daughter at her sleepaway camp.  We knew there had been a severe, massive storm that had hit the camp the night before her session started, and the camp sustained significant damage.  Most importantly, however, no kids were injured from the... Read more »
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John Barrowman Shares Story of Triumph Over Cruelty at Heroic "End Bullying" Panel

John Barrowman Shares Story of Triumph Over Cruelty at Heroic "End Bullying" Panel
John Barrowman, star of Arrow and Torchwood, shared his powerful story of overcoming bullying, as part of the Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s panel at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con. With a mix of profound vulnerability and, at times, poignant humor, (see CBS News video), Barrowman recounted his growing up experiences: “I was called fag, queer, and everything else.”... Read more »

Everything You Ever Wanted: Jillian Lauren's Poignant Memoir of Adoption

Everything You Ever Wanted: Jillian Lauren's Poignant Memoir of Adoption
Last month I joined a group of writers and adoptive parents to hear a reading by New York Times bestselling author Jillian Lauren.  She was in Chicago as part of the book tour for her stunning new memoir, Everything You Ever Wanted. I was keenly interested in meeting Jillian, because she has experienced adoption from... Read more »

Call for Submissions for 2015 Series 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days

 Call for Submissions for 2015 Series 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days
Welcome to Portrait of an Adoption!  So happy you are here!  In November 2015, as part of National Adoption Awareness Month, I will be running the fifth annual special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Each year, the series receives between 100,000 to 200,000 hits just in the month of November alone. The... Read more »
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Why New Release Jazzy's Quest Is A Must-Have Children's Adoption Book

Why New Release Jazzy's Quest Is A Must-Have Children's Adoption Book
Portrait of an Adoption is delighted to announce that our new children’s fictional chapter book, Jazzy’s Quest: Adopted and Amazing! is officially live and available! For me, the inspiration for Jazzy’s Quest came from my daughter, Katie.  We adopted Katie out of foster care when she was a baby.  When she was almost six years... Read more »

A Roadmap Leading Adoptees To Healthy Choices: Guest Post by Sherrie Eldridge

A Roadmap Leading Adoptees To Healthy Choices: Guest Post by Sherrie Eldridge
Portrait of an Adoption is delighted to present this compelling guest essay about adoptee anger, written by bestselling author and adoptee Sherrie Eldridge! By Sherrie Eldridge When presenting a seminar a few years ago, a twenty-something woman stood and tearfully asked, “Will I ever be able to get over it?” What was she so concerned... Read more »