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Cousins

The warm lazy days of summer have become the scorching and busy days for us in the last week.  We had visits from our cousins (my nieces and nephews) and we had a reunion with our “Vietnam Cousins” — the … Continue reading

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Adoption Reading and Resources: The Primal Wound

A few months ago, Gorilla Girl was having a hard time in school — major meltdowns, tantrums, and what her teachers describe as “hoarding” — of paper, scraps, class toys. They were concerned partly because Gorilla Girl seemed to hoard … Continue reading

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God, catholics and superheroes

On Sunday, my husband was honored with an award for the work he does at a coach at St. Ignatius by an organization called Sports Faith International.  One of his student-athletes nominated him for the Hometown Heroes Award.  As our … Continue reading

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A Tet party in five acts

Act One: It’s 10:00 am in an apartment on the Southside of Chicago.  A family of four, mom, dad, two adopted Vietnamese four-year olds, prepares for a houseful of guests who want to celebrate Tet with them. The house has … Continue reading

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Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs

I’m rereading Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs in the hope that others who have read it will want to start a conversation about it.  In terms of honesty, this novel does more to open a conversation about adoption … Continue reading

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