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Where Postpartum Depression Meets Adoption: Looking Beyond Hormones in Maternal Mental Illness

Where Postpartum Depression Meets Adoption: Looking Beyond Hormones in Maternal Mental Illness
Several days ago, I read, reread and then read again the New York Times article Thinking of Ways to Harm Her, the first of a two-part series about women and maternal mental illness, with a focus on postpartum depression. In this excellent article, which explores both antenatal and postpartum depression, Pam Belluck reports: A complex interplay of... Read more »

A Sensory Meltdown at the Ice Show: A Tale of Two Friends

A Sensory Meltdown at the Ice Show: A Tale of Two Friends
On Saturday morning, Cleo popped into my room, dragging her enormous stuffed bunny, clad in flannel pajamas. “When do I skate in the show?  How many hours?” she asked, before I could even say good morning. “Not until tonight,” I said.  “Not for ten more hours.”  The previous night, Cleo had nearly exploded with joy... Read more »

Great New Update on Michael Morones

Great New Update on Michael Morones
In January, 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted to take his own life by hanging, which has left him in the hospital with serious brain damage.   Although suicidal ideation is a complicated issue with more than one cause, a known factor in Michael’s distress was the bullying he experienced at school. Other kids taunted Michael about his... Read more »
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Update on Michael Morones: The Complications of Bullying, Suicidal Ideation, and Causality

Update on Michael Morones: The Complications of Bullying, Suicidal Ideation, and Causality
UPDATE: As of February 7, Michael is taking some independent breaths.  Go Mighty Michael! In the two weeks since 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted to take his own life by hanging, leaving him severely brain damaged, his parents are trying to sort out what happened and where to go from here. Suicidal ideation is a complicated... Read more »

11-yr-old Boy Bullied for Being A Brony Fighting for Life After Suicide Attempt; How You Can Help

11-yr-old Boy Bullied for Being A Brony Fighting for Life After Suicide Attempt; How You Can Help
Eleven-year-old Michael Morones is a passionate boy.  He idolizes his Uncle Jimmy, who is a proud member of the Bronies.  The term Brony is a portmanteau that refers to fanboys of My Little Pony (“bro ponies”), although girls can be Bronies too. Michael’s favorite character is Pinkie Pie, a hyper excitable pony.   The little boy,... Read more »

Homeschool in the Polar Vortex

Homeschool in the Polar Vortex
When I saw the news reports that a second wave of the polar vortex was heading for Chicago, I knew that school would be cancelled again.   The third and fourth days in January alone that have been given up to frigid temperatures – an unprecedented experience in my husband’s lifetime as a Cook County resident.... Read more »
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A Life Lived in Nine Decades and Nearly Nine Years

A Life Lived in Nine Decades and Nearly Nine Years
I can hear her voice, the characteristic cry of “aaahhhh!” at the end of a funny story.  The word “aahh” rises in pitch and intensity for two or three seconds before leveling off into a big laugh, her brown eyes sparkling with delight. Some of my clearest memories of early childhood take place in her... Read more »

Dear Traevin, Daddy Loves You

Dear Traevin, Daddy Loves You
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the third annual acclaimed series, 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.  Dear Traevin, Daddy Loves You... Read more »

Halloween Costumes for Girls: Sexy Witch, Sassy Princess, or Sultry Superhero?

Halloween Costumes for Girls:  Sexy Witch, Sassy Princess, or Sultry Superhero?
As a little kid, I went to a school where we had to wear uniforms.  There was no forethought that went into my clothing other than to hope there was a clean uniform in my closet.  But on Halloween, all bets were off, and we kids were allowed to come in costume. Oh, how I... Read more »
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Brave Girls in New York: Times Square, United Nations and Comic-Con

Brave Girls in New York: Times Square, United Nations and Comic-Con
Last weekend was a celebration of the Brave Girls Alliance!  From Times Square to the United Nations to New York Comic-Con, the Brave Girls were out in force, advocating for change and spreading awareness.  Sometimes the best way to tell a story is through pictures . . . Get your award-winning copy of bullying and... Read more »