For the Love of First Mothers

May 8, 2014 by

A few weeks ago, I packed my bags and headed  cross country to San Francisco to attend the annual conference of the American Adoption Congress.   Yep — four days of adoption-related keynotes, workshops, films and art.  And to beat it all, I shared a room with someone I had only talked with briefly on the phone.  Crazy, right?  Well, actually, no it wasn’t.  It was worth every bit of time, effort and money I spent to get there and back. Of course, I learned from the keynote speakers and from the workshops I attended.  had an opportunity to learn about efforts to open adoptee records in a growing number of states.  And the touching films shown in the evening made me cry.   I loved connecting with other writers.  The experience as a...

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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...

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