Category Archives: Haiti

Talking Alton and Philando With My Newly Driving Black Teen

Talking Alton and Philando With My Newly Driving Black Teen

Most mornings, my teen daughter, adopted from Haiti, wakes up and does two things: she reads the world news on her phone and asks me if I can take her out driving that day. She is obsessed with both. Yesterday, she emerged from her room and said nothing. After a long snuggle session, less common inContinue Reading

Why Your Primary/Caucus Vote Matters Most of All

Why Your Primary/Caucus Vote Matters Most of All

I’ve been a little tense. The election isn’t helping. Therefore, I jumped at the chance to receive a free spa from a neighbor, their cast off as they trade up. By Super Tuesday, we had it running. I sank into the steam with high hopes for a moment of stress-free soaking. Breathing deeply, I counted the peppertreeContinue Reading

Adoption FAQ #1: Why do you hate adoption?

Adoption FAQ #1: Why do you hate adoption?

I’ve received some very specific, pointed questions about my stances on adoption lately. It’s no surprise. Now that my children are older and I have been steeped in some aspect of adoption as an adoptive parent since the year 2000 (and my whole life as the daughter of a birth-mother), both my opinions and my writing onContinue Reading

The Know Betters & Do Betters of Racial Micro-aggressions #1: “Where Are You From?”

The Know Betters & Do Betters of Racial Micro-aggressions #1: “Where Are You From?”

I’m starting a new series. The working title was originally something like, “Seriously! What is Wrong With Me? How Can I Be Such An Ass? I’m a Thinking Human Being Who Parents Haitian Children. There is Simply No Excuse! Do Better, Paula! Do Better! I’m Ashamed of Me!” Too wordy? How about just The Know Betters &Continue Reading

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