Archive for 2012

Newtown Shootings: Integrating Shock and Sadness into Ongoing Family Life

I am not often afflicted with writer’s block, yet I have been unable to put pen to paper since Friday in terms of writing coherently about Newtown. The images have been too terrible for words.  I have kept the TV news off (not hard to do, since we never have a television on anyway), and... Read more »

3rd Annual Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day Photos!

Today is Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day!  Here are all the photos thus far that have been added to the Event Page.  At first, in light of the terrible tragedy that has taken place today in Connecticut, I hesitated to make this slideshow. But then I realized that the whole goal of this... Read more »

Holiday Portraits Gone Wrong, and other Seasonal Laughs

Get us away from this scary dude in the crazy red suit!  We may look adorable, but he looks terrifying!
Is your mailbox starting to fill up with holiday cards depicting perfect family pictures as we march closer to the end of 2012?  In our family, we have to take a ludicrous number of photos to find one where everyone is: 1) looking in the same direction (or at least the majority are looking in... Read more »
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Wrap-Up of the 2012 Adoption Portraits November Series

Wrap-Up of the 2012 Adoption Portraits November Series
During the 30 days of November, in honor of National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption hosted a series of poignant guest posts dealing with issues related to adoption and foster care.  If you have not had a chance to enjoy the stories, click here to link to them. Like last year’s series, the... Read more »

You are invited to the ChicagoNow Authors’ Event TONIGHT

Looking for a fun way to spend a few hours tonight in Chicago?  Come to ChicagoNow’s FIRST annual Author’s Night!  There will be five of us reading from a mix of fiction and nonfiction books, covering a very diverse group of topics!  Come pick up a signed copy of a book as a gift for... Read more »

Trial By Internet: How To Blissfully Reject the Summary Judgment of Others

Trial By Internet: How To Blissfully Reject the Summary Judgment of Others
Recently, I was speaking with a group of parents and students about the negative effects of cyberbullying.  A seventh-grade girl told me tearfully, “I am constantly being judged.  Judged by kids I don’t know; judged by kids I do know, judged, judged, judged by EVERYONE.” It is a phenomenon that extends far beyond the world... Read more »
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I Had My Mother's Name!

I Had My Mother's Name!
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences.  By Chad Cottle: Death Grandma’s house... Read more »

Why We Will Never Fly Spirit Airlines Again: The Flight from Hell

Why We Will Never Fly Spirit Airlines Again: The Flight from Hell
The miserable experience started when I was hit with stomach problems literally the second we arrived at the airport.  I was flying from Tampa to Chicago, alone except for the companionship of my two-year-old and her mountain of stuff.  And my purse and computer bag. Before we could even check our one mammoth suitcase, I... Read more »

She's My Girl, Just As If She Were Born To Us

She's My Girl, Just As If She Were Born To Us
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences.  By Andrew There was never a... Read more »
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Someday I Hope That She Will Seek Me Out.

Someday I Hope That She Will Seek Me Out.
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences. By Tamara Tranowski I’ve always known... Read more »