Archive for May 2013

Discussion about social conflict and bullying tonight at Evanston Public Library

Discussion about social conflict and bullying tonight at Evanston Public Library
Tonight I will be hosting a discussion about bullying and social conflict at Evanston Public Library’s Main Branch.  Topics to be covered include: Hidden influences on bullying in our culture (including reality-based TV and media) Recognizing when social “drama” is actually bullying The differences between normal social conflict with your friends and true bullying. The... Read more »

Adoption Retrospective: Babies Everywhere and Nowhere

It has been ten years since we began our adoption journey.  In honor of the passing of time, I will be publishing one post each month in 2013 that reflects on our lives in 2003. May 2003 May blossomed with possibilities.  At times it felt as if babies were raining down from the sky and... Read more »

Oklahoma Tornado: How to Help TODAY

Oklahoma Tornado: How to Help TODAY
I couldn’t sleep.  I listened to the rain slapping onto our skylights and watched the flashes of lightning, and I felt an overwhelming sense of anxiety.  Nature is just so much bigger than we are. Images of the devastation from Oklahoma kept me awake.  I looked up at my ceiling and tried to imagine what... Read more »
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Top Ten Foods I Want to Eat on Mother's Day

Top Ten Foods I Want to Eat on Mother's Day
Forget jewelry, flowers, clothes and shoes . . . this Mama wants some good eats! 1. A peanut butter sandwich, whole and fresh and made with soft thick slices of bread, that is all my own.  Not the leftovers from my kids, where all that remains are dried-out crusts with barely any good stuff. 2.... Read more »

All Bears Need Love: Reassuring New Adoption Book for Kids

All Bears Need Love: Reassuring New Adoption Book for Kids
One of the most common questions I receive from adoptive parents is, “Do you have any good book recommendations for our kids?”  It’s a subject near and dear to my heart, for I remember scouring the bookstores for adoption-related picture books when we first adopted our little girl.  I think I read our beloved copies... Read more »

CLOSURE: An Adoption Documentary

CLOSURE: An Adoption Documentary
Guest Post by Bryan Tucker “I’ve got this idea for a documentary,” I say to my friend.  “What’s it about?” he asks.  I reply, “My wife, Angela, being a trans-racial adoptee searching for her birth family.” Long pause. This conversation never actually occurred with said friend, or with anyone for that matter, but it’s happened... Read more »
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When Mom Friends Grow Apart: Breakups, Bullying, and Healing

When Mom Friends Grow Apart: Breakups, Bullying, and Healing
An old friend I haven’t seen in months called me recently.  Even though she lives in another state, when we do connect, the affection is instantaneous and familiar.  The time and space melt away.  After catching up for a few minutes, she said hesitantly, “I actually called to get some advice about a social issue.”... Read more »