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The Waiting Game: Open Adoption One Year In

By Stephen & Adam Podowitz-Thomas

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“So when are you getting the call?”  A well-intentioned question, given that I was in the process of explaining what it meant that we’re now on the Last Minute Hospital List with our adoption agency.  But how could I explain that even being on this list might still mean months if not years of waiting?

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We’re practicing our swaddling technique on our cat.

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An LGBT Perspective On What It Will be Like to Raise Kids in the South

by Stephen & Adam Podowitz-Thomas

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The last time you heard from us, we were just about to move across the country from Oakland, California to Raleigh, North Carolina to pursue some exciting new career opportunities and be closer to family. Now that we’ve been here for about two months, we have settled into our new apartment and have begun finding our go-to restaurants and favorite walking routes...

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Dads-To-Be: Big Changes and Long Goodbyes

By Stephen & Adam Podowitz-Thomas
How do you leave a place that feels like home and wish farewell to everyone you love there? How do you accept altering a dream that you’ve harbored for years? What does it mean to make such a dramatic change while in the process of trying to adopt?
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Stephen and I are about to find out. We’re moving across country to Raleigh, North Carolina, giving up on our...
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Enjoying Our National Parks

We just returned from a trip with my mother to Muir Woods National Monument, while she was visiting us from New Jersey. Muir Woods houses a number of old-growth redwood groves, all situated just a 30-minute drive from San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Adam’s and my experiences with national park lands started young. Although I have no memories of it, I’ve been told that I spent the day...

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Perry, Pride, and a Last-Minute Marriage Decision

By Stephen and Adam Podowitz-Thomas

The name marriage signifies the unique recognition that society gives to loyal and enduring relationships. Marriage is the sincere desire to join two lives together as one in hopes that the love that brought them together will grow, branch out, and touch the lives of those around them. For the beauty it surrounds us with, for the strength it instills deep...

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Last Name Dilemma

By Stephen & Adam Podowitz-Thomas

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By the time Adam and I were planning our wedding, a number of our close friends had already married. Beyond getting advice on how to pick the right caterer or florist, we also looked to them for their thoughts on name changing post-marriage. Our friends made choices that ran the gamut from keeping their given names to reviving a family name that had died out....

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Pride & Country: Coming Out in Sports

By: Stephen & Adam Podowitz-Thomas

How do you teach a kid to love both their nation and sports, when their nation has spent years telling their fathers that they aren’t equal and can’t play at the same level as straight men? That there are certain sports that are for the “sissy boys,” but that even the best of those will never be as revered as those that simply sit on the sidelines in one the...

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A Boy from New Jersey Learns About BBQ

By Stephen and Adam Podowitz-Thomas

I used to think I knew what barbecue was until I found out what I thought was barbecuing was actually grilling. It took marrying a Southerner for me to learn about the beauty of “low and slow” cooking. Don’t get me wrong; I love a chicken breast or a cob of corn with grill-marks from the high heat of the grates, but nothing compares to cutting into a slice of...

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Surviving the Struggle: A Personal Perspective on LGBT Youth Suicide

By Stephen & Adam Podowitz-Thomas
Though Stephen and I have addressed serious topics here before, we’ve avoided confronting an issue that is not something I talk about often and it’s a bit dark – so this is your forewarning.
Like a lot of gay individuals, my teenage years were tough. Coming out at thirteen didn’t go well. Rejected by my parents, put through the ringer at school, feeling...
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Challah and Ham: Planning an Interfaith Family

By Stephen and Adam Podowitz-Thomas

As the Easter and Passover seasons are wrapping up in the Podowitz-Thomas household, we’ve been thinking more and more about how we’re going to share our religious traditions with our children. As an interfaith couple, we’ve had to navigate recognition and appreciation of one another’s beliefs throughout our relationship, but when talking about how to raise our...

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Tortillas and Tomatillo Sauce

By: Stephen & Adam Podowitz-Thomas

Stephen and I fell in love over freshly-made tortillas and tomatillo sauce. Our first official date was at a hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant in downtown Palo Alto, CA, nearby where we were both in graduate school. I had spent some time building a schoolhouse near Merida, Mexico when I was eighteen, and loved the food and culture I experienced while there....

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Rediscovering the Foods of Our Family

By: Stephen & Adam Podowitz-Thomas

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The fish swam lazy laps around the tub, ignoring the ring of grime, and wondering what it had done to deserve this temporary imprisonment in porcelain.  My grandmother had arrived with the carp from her parents’ fish shop on the lower east side, intent on turning it into gefilte fish for that night’s dinner.

“Hold on a second,” my husband, Adam, said, “she put a...

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