Finding Zoe: TMI (Too Much Information)

December 2, 2014

I was invited to participate in a review and discussion of the memoir Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman’s Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption with several other open adoption writers/bloggers by my friend and colleague Lori Holden. Each participant was asked to submit questions for the others to chose from and answer, as well as a submit a few […]

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A Special Storytelling Event

September 9, 2013

“Prescription medicines are now the most commonly abused drugs among 12 to 13 year olds. Prescription pain relievers have contributed to more overdose deaths than “street drugs” such as cocaine and heroin.” (The Medicine Abuse Project, The Partnership at Drugfree.org) Children who have been adopted are at an even higher risk of abusing drugs.   PLEASE JOIN ME […]

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April 10, 2013

I am, with my friend and colleague Michelle, producing and directing Listen to Your Mother in Indianapolis. Recently, during our first rehearsal, I was struck over and over again by how the common threads of humanity—joy, surprise, feelings of being overwhelmed, gratitude, fear, longing, loss, and love—intertwined in a room that was, at first, mostly strangers. Connection […]

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Tools: Empathy

February 12, 2013

Empathy—the capacity to understand or express understanding of the emotions of another, the ability to connect and emotionally support another person. Empathy is the “social glue” of relationships and encompasses three levels: Cognitive, which allows us to be able to “see” the situation, issue, concern, topic, from someone else’s point of view, to be in […]

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Somewhere Between: The Movie

December 6, 2012

Somewhere Between: What a perfect title for a movie that explores the intersection of identity formation, adoption, race, and family. The documentary touches on other core issues—grief, rejection and loss—as well. Ella Taylor, of NPR, says, “Somewhere Between is refreshingly free of the cloying, one-size-fits-all dogma that sometimes bedevils the adoption community.” Intimate and poignant, […]

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Being Grateful

November 21, 2012

On a personal note, my son arrived home safely from college last night. Hours earlier than he said he’d be (loves to surprise us), and was immediately enveloped in hugs by his siblings and us. The friend who drove him home was plastered against the wall as we all swarmed him. I thanked and hugged […]

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