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New Beginnings

New Beginnings
Welcome to 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, hosted by Portrait of an Adoption. This series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying adoption experiences and perspectives.  By Lori Prashker-Thomas “I met you on March 23, 1996.” I dropped the card and began to cry. I knew immediately it was from my daughter,... Read more »

My Heart Was Full and Complete in a Way I Didn't Know It Could Be

My Heart Was Full and Complete in a Way I Didn't Know It Could Be
Welcome to 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, hosted by Portrait of an Adoption. This series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying adoption experiences and perspectives.  By Katherine Anxious, I sat outside the restaurant on a bench, watching every car pass, wondering if she could be inside one of them. I had... Read more »

When the World Is Too Scary for Supergirl: The Fear and Grief of an 8-Year-Old

Every week, our family gathers together on Sunday nights to watch Supergirl. We first fell in love with the series when our youngest daughter was nearly five years old. We wondered if the show might be too scary at times; however, she couldn’t get enough of it! Our littlest girl, like her older sisters, has... Read more »
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Maddie's Miracles: We Are Aware (of Childhood Cancer)

The excerpt that follows was adapted from the book Maddie’s Miracles: A Book of Life, an inspirational true story written by Scott Kramer (whose beloved daughter Maddie bravely battled a rare form of cancer at just two-and-a-half years old).  For the entire month of September, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 100% of the... Read more »

Maddie's Miracles: Rise Up for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Maddie's Miracles: Rise Up for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Guest Post By Scott and Pammy Kramer September 1st marks the beginning of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, one special family from Chicago is undertaking a social media campaign to help raise awareness of the love, light, and inspiration that accompanies even the darkest of pediatric cancer journeys.  For... Read more »

Community Outcry Sways City of Evanston to Reverse Planned Restorative Justice Cut, But More Is Needed.

I first met Arica Barton, the head of the Evanston Police Department’s Youth Services Restorative Justice program, in 2011. I was researching alternatives to punishment for youth offenders for a section in my book on bullying, and my dear friend Meagan Novara introduced me to Arica, knowing that I would be fascinated by the concept... Read more »
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Rising From Loss: I Am Unwanted and Wanted

Rising From Loss: I Am Unwanted and Wanted
Welcome to 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, hosted by Portrait of an Adoption. This series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying adoption experiences and perspectives. By Reshma McClintock Unnamed, unwanted, and likely never seen by the woman whose body housed me for roughly seven months, I was abandoned at birth in... Read more »

Trump, Football Players, and Little House on the Prairie: How Current Events and Historical Perspective Teach Us About Racism

My youngest daughter is reading the Little House on the Prairie books, a series that I absolutely loved as a child. When I read the series over thirty years ago, I marveled at the charm and hardship of life as a pioneer. I remembered how Pa and Ma had to make every last thing from... Read more »

Top Ten Things I Won't Miss About Raising Kids

Oh, parenthood, sometimes you are such a chore. Here are the top ten things I won’t miss when the little birdies finally leave the nest: Cooking a healthy dinner that nobody eats. There’s nothing like spending time I don’t have preparing a healthy meal for the family, only to have the kids scream and cry... Read more »
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Jewish in America: Explaining to My Daughters That People Hate Them Who Have Never Met Them

Over the weekend, my husband and I spoke in whispers about the horror unfolding in Charlottesville, VA, where white nationalists and white supremacists held a Unite the Right rally that quickly turned violent. Fistfights broke out; racial slurs were hurled; Nazi salutes were given. The images coming out of Charlottesville bore an eerie resemblance to... Read more »