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Why I Love Adoption

By Jillian Lauren

Why I love adoption

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 it for the way its struggles have defined my life and made me strong. I love it for the fascinating, crazy...

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Congratulations, It’s A Boy…. Now What?

By: Henry Amador

gay dad and son

My son was born four days after my 48th birthday.
Growing, I never really thought I would experience fatherhood, why would I?
Gay men of that time didn’t aspire to be husbands and daddies, those titles were not generally handed out to us.
Like many gay men of my generation, we grew assuming that our lives would be and should be, childless.
There are still many men of my age that...

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Daddy Who?

by Meika Rouda

BabyGirl
I have never heard of a straight single man adopting a baby but that is exactly the situation my friend found herself in when she replied to a post for a nanny position. In all the seminars, chat groups, adoption books I have read, I really haven’t heard of men adopting alone. Women, yes but men? This guy is 55, handsome and wealthy and works out of his mansion in San Francisco....

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Reality is as Scary as it Gets

By: Wendy Rhein

It is that time – the ghosts, goblins, and Super Mario Brothers costumes are out in full force. The weeks of anticipation and planning, re-dressing and ad-dressing promising that the costume is a perfect combo of realism and comedy have culminated in a cold and windy Halloween in the Northeast.

My sons’ purchased costumes (because I am not crafty, as my previous blog proves) are...

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The Path to Parenting Two

By: Wendy Rhein

Over the last week, I’ve been somewhat passively observing a list serve dialogue among single mothers by choice (SMCs) talking about the pros and cons of adding a second child to their families. I am a single mother of two, though the “by choice” element in that nomenclature always causes some pangs in me. Yes, I chose to have my children while I am single but single by choice?...

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Finding Gifts in Limitations: The Great Pumpkin

By: Wendy Rhein

I am not crafty. Not in the Martha Stewart way. Not by a long shot. I mean, let’s be honest, not even in the Better Homes & Gardens realm. I cannot paint, I cannot draw. I do not knit. I do not sew. I do not paper mache nor do I bead. I may have some limited skills. I can make a mean hangman. And I can arrange flowers. But that’s it folks. Nothing craftier than that.

This has been...

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Living in the NOW

By: Chris Coyne

The call with the potential birthmother went really well. It took me a few weeks to recover from not being picked. Until we get chosen by a birthmother our lives will be filled with a certain amount of uncertainty. She chose the other couple even though we had a great conversation with her. It is hard to not make it an us-versus-them-thing. After some time we have dealt with it....

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Resolve

By: Meika Rouda

I’ve been struggling to get through Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids. Everyone I know loves it and recommended it to me and I did enjoy the beginning –the irrepressible charm of gritty New York City, the allure of the Chelsea Hotel and Max’s Kansas City, a view of this incredibly artistic time through the romantic eyes of Patti and Robert. But I have yet to really embrace it and...

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Denise Richards – the Anti-Hero

By: Meika Rouda

I never thought I would be a fan of Denise Richards but I have to say I am happy she adopted a baby. It is actually refreshing to see a celebrity type who isn’t particularly worldly or intellectual adopt a baby. Yes there have been many single celebrity moms who have adopted domestically: Sheryl Crow, Sharon Stone, Sandra Bullock, but no one like Denise Richards. She was on the...

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Letting Go With Love

By Meika Rouda

I have been spending a lot of time with my friend who is suddenly faced with her husband leaving her and the daunting thought of being a single woman at 40 with two kids. She is angry at her husband for his sudden and unexpected departure, for not willing to go to counseling and try to save their relationship, for so easily giving up on a marriage and a family that is beautiful....

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It’s My Party, I’ll Bring a Dominatrix if I Want To

By: Jillian Lauren


Tuesday I did a conversation event with Melissa Febos at the gorgeous Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. Melissa’s book Whip Smart chronicles the four years she spent as a dominatrix. Kind of. Really, it’s just a kick ass coming-of-age memoir. I so enjoyed talking to her about endings (narrative not happy), power, sexual currency and the challenges of using life to make art and...

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