Category Archives: transformation

Holidaze: traditions

Why is it that we progressives forget how to end things well?  Today was the last day of school before the winter break at my supposedly progressive, liberal school. Instead of coming together as a community and sharing a positive … Continue reading

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What’s in a name

During Thanksgiving dinner, my sister-in-law noted that her daughter now desires to be called, “Kathleen” instead of her nickname, “Kate.”  She is named after my mother – who was called not Kathleen, but Kay.  My sister-in-law ascribes this desire to … Continue reading

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In praise of honesty: the complexities of adoption

Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, released Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption in late summer 2009; Simon and his wife adopted two girls from China.  A friend told me about the book, suggesting … Continue reading

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Julia Child in disguise

I refer to myself as a survivalist cooker – the normal circumstances under which I cook tend to be for survival and not for enjoyment. However, in Three Oaks, things are different, and during the last several weeks I have … Continue reading

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Against all odds

Angela Levin published “The Romanian orphan enjoying his first time at Oxford” in the Telegraph on November 11th. I just discovered it thanks to a list serve for adoptive parents. Cornel Hrisca-Munn is studying Philosophy at Oxford now, but he … Continue reading

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On the road again

This weekend, I drove for miles, most of it through central Illinois. Maybe because I was driving Gorilla Girl and Monkey Man who were snoozing on and off, and maybe because I was listening to favorite old songs on my … Continue reading

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