Archive for February 2016

Out of Bounds, A Play About Teenage Bullying: Free Public Performance in Skokie Tonight

From Out of Bounds: What happens when you can’t protect your own kid from the cruelty of their friends? A National Theatre Project Award Winner, the public performance of Out of Bounds confronts the effects of cyber-bullying from a school parent’s point of view. When Allison and her teenaged daughter, Amy, move back to the town where... Read more »

Wear Star Wars Every Day Project!

Wear Star Wars Every Day Project!
What is Wear Star Wars Every Day? Wear Star Wars Every Day is an amazing charity fundraising project started by jawajames, one of the members of Club Jade. JawaJames has these two goals: Wear a different Star Wars-themed clothing item every day for as long as he can keep the streak going. He started on January... Read more »

I Am A Black Woman. And I Need You To Notice.

I Am A Black Woman. And I Need You To Notice.
February is Black History Month.  I wanted to write a piece that honors what it means to be Black in our country. But I cannot do that with any authenticity, because I am not Black. Being both a woman and a Jew, I do have some idea of what it means to be marginalized, to... Read more »
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Hasbro Keeps Promise to Annie Rose and Adds Rey to Star Wars Monopoly. #WheresRey #TheresRey!

Hasbro Keeps Promise to Annie Rose and Adds Rey to Star Wars Monopoly. #WheresRey #TheresRey!
Hasbro kept true to its word! A Rey token has been designed and added to the Star Wars Monopoly game! Annie Rose, you asked #WheresRey.  Thousands of people joined your plea, and Hasbro said #ReyIsOnTheWay. Later this year, when you open your new game, we will shout with joy #TheresRey! The new token made its debut at the Toy... Read more »

Donna Day 2016: A Life Lived in Four Years, A Death From Childhood Cancer

Donna Lubell Quirke Hornik, a girl of four names, lived a life of four years, and she is survived by a family of four people. How do you describe Donna? Her mama Sheila, who blogs as Mary Tyler Mom, offers the following words: “bright, sweet, clever, brave, fierce, considerate, a pleaser, protective, adaptable, silly, a... Read more »

"Hey, Black Child" Performed For Black History Month

"Hey, Black Child" Performed For Black History Month
As you hopefully know, February is Black History Month! Black history and black culture are very important here at Portrait of an Adoption, where we have many transracial families. Please share with us your favorite poems, books, and videos that celebrate black people, not just this month, but all year round. What books written by... Read more »
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Adoption and Identity Intertwined: An Interview With Mei Kelly

Last summer, I had the pleasure of meeting with 18-year-old Mei Kelly, who created a documentary called “Adoption and Identity Intertwined.” Mei Kelly was adopted from China at the age of nine months, and she has experienced the unique complexity that adoption brings to identity. Curious to learn how being adopted has affected the lives... Read more »