Read With Me: The Novel “Perfect Little World”

Infinite Family Project

Kevin Wilson’s Perfect Little World came to my attention when Melissa Ford wrote about it. I’ve long enjoyed discussing books with Melissa and others the ALI community (Adoption, infant Loss, Infertility), so of course I immediately reserved this novel at the library and jumped it to the front of my queue. I’ve just begun reading and already there have been a half-dozen times I’ve stopped to ask myself what you  all would make of this book.

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Peace & Harmony (3 part)

Dona Nobis Pacem: Grant Us Peace

Ha! I wrote this sentence 3 years ago when a period of “polarizing events” seemed an aberration.

Especially in light of so many polarizing events in 2014, I’m featuring this little story, retold from my teacher, Ethel, who was, herself, retelling it.

A Parable about Peace

A child asked at bedtime, “Mommy why is there war? Why can’t there be peace in the world?”

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“Ask Amy” Got It Right

If I’m going to be quick to criticize when warranted, I also need to be quick to commend when warranted.

Ask Amy on DNA and a Found Sibling

A letter writer  had undergone DNA testing and found a surprise sibling. He asked syndicated columnist Amy Dickinson if contact should be pursued. Rather than winging in (I’m looking at you, Dear Abby) Amy consulted someone with knowledge and experience about DNA testing and adoption reunion, Richard Hill (author of Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA).

Richard offered 3 points in favor of reaching out to a sibling, despite the unknowns and possible complications.

1. Knowing the truth is better in the long run. Continue reading “Ask Amy” Got It Right

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