Retreat 2.0 – Growth and Reflection

The morning after returning from a "big deal" feels like exhaustion and exhilaration mixed into your morning cup of milk. You know it tastes really good and you kind of need a nap. I returned last evening from the Beyond Adoption: YOU Retreat 2.0. This is the second retreat I have attended with Pamela Cordano... Continue Reading →

Adoptees: To Trust or Not to Trust? That is the Question

If an adoptee trusts you, really trusts you, consider yourself the exception to the rule. For myself, and many other adoptees, trust does not come easily, or it is given so quickly that trust turns into betrayal. It may seem as though this sentence contradicts itself, but it is so true. Adoptees have been betrayed... Continue Reading →

What is National Adoption Awareness Month?

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of the month is the adoption of children in foster care. (Full disclosure, I am a therapist who works with children in foster care - it is my passion) But, it has gotten away from the... Continue Reading →

ALIVENESS and the Art of Paying Attention

  “What will you do with your one precious, wild life?” Mary Oliver Things have been happening in my life at warp speed right now.  Anne Heffron told me recently that "this is my time."  I agree with her. The thing about it being "my time" is I am seeking experiences, I am paying attention,... Continue Reading →

My American DNA Trading Card

I logged on to work on my Family Tree on Ancestry and Family Search this morning before getting ready for Church   I was greeted by the DNA page encouraging me to "Make a Trading Card."  So, I did.   (see it above) All my life (before the magic of DNA testing) when someone would ask me "What are you?," I... Continue Reading →

Tall Walls and the Effort of Letting Go

The Great Wall of China extends for 5,500 miles.  It took 200 years to complete.  It 2300 +/- years old.  It is 20-25 feet tall.  That certainly is a lot of wall!! I would say that my wall of emotional protection rivals the Great Wall of China. For some, being adopted creates an ongoing fear of... Continue Reading →

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