Philomena and Adoption Reform (Yes, they are related)...

Mar 3, 2014 by

The Oscar-nominated movie, Philomena, has created a great deal of buzz. It isn’t often that the effects of adoption practices in the Baby Scoop Era are widely discussed outside of adoption circles. Philomena Lee (the original, not Judi Dench) is in the audience at the Oscars tonight — she even got a shout-out from host Ellen Degeneres!

read more

Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age: An Interview with Trace A. DeMeyer...

Jan 29, 2014 by

A new book on adoption reunions is available now on Amazon. I am SO honored to be a contributor to Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age, which opens up important conversations on the topic of adoption search and reunion. As part of the launch of this new book, Trace A. DeMeyer (author of One Small Sacrifice and Two Worlds) and I are participating in an interview series with the contributors. Laura asked us to discuss our experiences and share these questions on our blogs. The book was released on January 27, 2014 and is available as an EBook on Amazon (ISBN 978-0985616847). A paperback version will be released soon.

read more

Those Who Came Before

Jun 9, 2013 by

One of my favorite church celebrations is All Saints Sunday – a service to honor and remember all those who have gone before us. As we sing “For All the Saints” I always get the image in my mind of a large gathering of family and friends – those I knew on earth and those who lived before me. Honoring those who have gone before has always felt important to me.

read more

What do snow and adoption have in common?...

Mar 24, 2013 by

Snow It is Spring in Ohio.  Temperatures on the official first day of Spring were around freezing.  Weather forecasters reminded us that one year ago, the temperature on the first day of Spring was in the 70’s. Yesterday, I enjoyed walking in the sunshine with only a light jacket.  Spring was in the air.  Today?  Today it snows.  We’re told to expect up to ten inches of the fluffy white stuff before this storm passes through. I’ve seen a lot of moaning and complaining about this late winter storm on Facebook.  I haven’t joined in.  Why?  It’s NOT because I love Winter. I am more than ready to walk barefoot in the grass and to soak up the warmth of the sun.  I’m ready to see the Spring flowers bloom.  And I’m definitely ready...

read more

Book Review: And Then I Found You...

Mar 12, 2013 by

Over the past several months, I’ve been lost in a world of time travel, 18th century Scotland and America, romance, drama, action and sex.  All thanks to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.   I recently discovered this series of seven very long books and I’ve been obsessed.  While I’m waiting on book eight to be released later this year, my reading list is looking a little more varied.   The Outlander series has an adoption story line, 18th century style.  Though adoptees are a minority, adoption is a theme that seems to come up a lot in fiction.  Or maybe I’m just drawn to adoption-related books…    And Then I Found You is a novel centered on adoption.   I recently received an advance reading copy of this book from Goodreads.  (The book is scheduled to...

read more