By Jillian Lauren I am both an adult adoptee and an adoptive mother to a beautiful firebrand of a 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia. I love adoption. I love the whole messy, rich, textured, complex world it has given me. I do not love it because it is one long Disney happy ending. Rather, I love […]
By Jillian Lauren Here is the talk I gave at Chapman University, about adoption and the role of imagination in forming our identities. For more from Jillian Lauren, check out her blog.
By: Lauren Jankowski I’ve always been a storyteller. Nothing gives me greater joy than crafting a story. Writing is not something I consciously chose to do, but rather it’s something I have to do. Growing up, I was most comfortable and happy when I was lost in a book. By the time I reached high […]
By Meika Rouda I heard a story on the radio the other day that made me cry. It was on StoryCorps, an amazing program of personal stories, recorded and archived through the Library of Congress. It is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and is open to the general public for […]
By Meika Rouda I’ve always hated my nose. It is short with a wide bridge that plateaus off the tip landing with a thud. There is nothing elegant or sculpted about it, unlike my mom’s nose, which could have been the prototype plastic surgeons used for rhinoplasty in the 80’s. My nose has […]
By Lauren Jankowski Recently I led a discussion in my Gender and Culture class on a chapter from “Families We Choose” by Kath Weston. The chapter was entitled “Exiles from Kinship” and it was about how the Bay Area gay and lesbian community began constructing their own families in the 80s. These created families challenged […]
Interview with Lauren Jankowski by The Next Family TNF: How has it been blogging for TNF? It has been incredible. I have learned so much about writing and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I never thought I would write nonfiction, but I am happy that I chose to take advantage of an opportunity […]
By: Meika Rouda I know it sounds naive, but I never thought there would be anyone against adoption. However, my last post introduced me to a new world where people are very much adoption haters. Where birthmothers feel babies are being “taken away”, where women and babies will long for each other for the rest […]