I’ve always loved going to the planetarium and exploring the galaxy, the universe. I live in a place with light pollution, but it wasn’t always this way. When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to gaze into the vastness of the night sky. I’d feel so small — infinitesimal — and yet so big and important at the same time.
Scientists tell us there are billions and billions of stars and planets that go out unimaginably far. I look up and I feel my absolute insignificance. I am but a speck of a speck of a speck of a speck. Continue reading Insignificantly Significant
If you’re interested in adoption issues and able to be in the Cleveland area the weekend of March 18-20, you’ll want to know about the Annual Adoption Gathering hosted by Adoption Network Cleveland. Coinciding with the first anniversary of this, ANC offers this:
From Adoption Network Cleveland’s Open Invitation:
The Ohio adoption community has experienced a transformative year since Ohio’s Opening Day. Please join us Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20, 2016 as we continue our journey together, to celebrate, discuss, process, grieve, and commune with others.
Where: DoubleTree in Westlake (1100 Crocker Road, Westlake, OH 44145) Rooms are at the group rate of $99/night. The hotel has a free airport shuttle for guests.
What: A conference to facilitate conversations about adoption that will be shaped and driven by its participants. After the tremendous outpouring of interest, support, and participation surrounding the implementation of Ohio adoptees’ right to access their original birth records in March of 2015, Adoption Network Cleveland recognized the enormous need to continue fostering the community that organically developed among Ohio adoptees near and far. This conference is an outcropping and continuation of the conversations that originated in the aftermath of last year’s monumental events.
There are nine breakout sessions and two award-winning theatrical presentations from New York City. Other highlights include filmmaker Jean Strauss and footage from last year’s Ohio opening day events, Six-Word Stories from adoptees and found birth family members, and a time for sharing with an open mic.
Event hashtags are #OHadopteesSOAR (SOAR = Success Opening Adoptees’ Records) and #Journey2Unite16.
Click to register. Get an early bird rate – $100 for Adoption Network Cleveland members and $135 for non-members – by registering before February 5, 2016.
My friend and I met on New Year’s Day at the beautiful Dushanbe Tea House in a nearby suburb. It’s the second time in a row we’ve met there on this day, making it our brand new New Year’s tradition.
The food is delicious and just a bit exotic. The architecture and aesthetics are gorgeous.
Over tea and brunch, we covered the important areas of our lives, getting up to speed with each other on all that has transpired since we were last together. Just before we were to part, Continue reading Perfect Start
Highlights and lowlights of 2015.
Quarter 1: Family Fight Night
It was a rough start to the year. My inner badass was activated at my son’s basketball game and I almost got into a brawl.
That was on the heels of our 3 Wheelchair Night.
Quarter 2: Paperback (and Letter) Writer
My book came out in paperback.
Also, I wrote letters of disappointment to Dear Abby and a senator from Texas.
Quarter 3: Health Scares
I had a health scare and my son had a freak accident. Continue reading The Year of the Luz 2015