So much of the impetus for adoption and abortion both is the sense that we are not ready. That things are set in motion and we aren’t prepared to see them through in the way that we would like, or want, or could accept. In the Magic Lessons Podcast, Elizabeth Gilbert talks a lot about [Read More…]
There is a lot of emotionally- fueled banter about abortion. But what exactly are we talking about? There are two kinds of safe and legal abortions that are currently available in the US: in-clinic abortion and medication abortion. The in-clinic abortion is a medical procedure and the medication abortion usually requires one to go to [Read More…]
Been thinking about the discontinuation of our use of the word “orphan”. Did you know that over 120,000 homeless and neglected kids were shipped from the east coast to the west between 1853 and 1947? When I was young there was a series of books called “Anne of Green Gables”. The premise of the book [Read More…]
I grew up in the era of Mr Rogers. His zen-like demeanor, empathetic communication style and thoughtful “life lessons” made more of an impact on me than I ever expected. I emulated his slow thoughtful style. In this electronic culture we seem to value novelty, haste and outrage – a complete contrast to the days [Read More…]
Can you imagine looking for your birthparents for years and then getting a response and a picture 2 minutes after sending a facebook message?
Blood ties are deep. We talk about Zach’s younger brother asking about him before he knew he existed and what the reunion with his bio-grandparents was like. We discuss how people react when Zach says he has two moms and two families.
Karen talks about Zach knocking on her door, his adoptive parents and telling people their story. It’s oddly intimate to tell an adoption reunion story. It seems to tap into people’s experiences with their family of origin and can inspire people to open up or shut down.
Part two of our talk with M. We talk about maternity leave for adoptive parents, how pervasive adoption is in our everyday lives, and inter-cultural and inter-racial concerns when adopting a baby that doesn’t look like their new parents. Our music is “Love is Love, You is Love” by Monplaisir. You can find us on [Read More…]
When you are pregnant and you NEED to know about what genetic issues but were part of a completely closed adoption, how do you track down your birthparents? H talks about her amazing reunion story, with several unexpected twists and characters along her journey.