Adoption, Loss and Reunion: An Interview with the Author of Jessica Lost

At the beginning of the year, I was picking out books to read for the Adoption Reading Challenge I started. As I hopped around adoption-related books on Amazon, I came across one that would be released in May 2011: "Jessica Lost: A Story of Birth, Adoption & The Meaning of Motherhood." As a birth mother, I was exceptionally interested in this book as it is written by a birth mother, Bunny (Faith) Crumpacker, and an adult adoptee, Jil Picariello. I was thrilled to be able to interview Jil for BlogHer....more

I am an adoptive mother of identical twin girls, age 46. We have located the birth mother, but ...more

Reflections on Mama Saartjie, The Saartjie Project Performance, and My Womanline

Reflections on Mama Saartjie, The Saartjie Project Performance, and My Womanline by Ananda Leeke Copyright 2008 by Madelyn C. Leeke. Excerpt from That Which Awakens Me: A Woman's Poetic Memoir (IUniverse, Inc. - December 2008) ...more

HELP YOURSELF - PLEASE

I was at the bank the other day, or rather sitting in my car in the bank's parking lot, when this elderly woman pulled her car into the spot next to mine. It was one of those cars held together with scotch tape, glue and rust. The old woman herself was clearly still alive although if you looked at her you could tell her sanity skipped town sometime back the mid-seventies. Moments later, I heard this BOOM! sound as this same woman then proceeded to open her car door as hard as she could, SLAMMING it into MY passenger side door in the process. ...more
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