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Those Darn Goodbyes

posted by Linda Schellentrager on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This is a follow-up to my post in December, when my son was knee-deep in boot camp. Those days were among the hardest times of separation because there was no way to look in his baby blues or have a conversation... Now, we are six months into this journey as a Marine family. We’ve had many more meaningful hellos and goodbyes as he took each new step in his training.
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The “Both-And” Of Parenting

posted by Karen Gillooly on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

One of the things I have learned in life is that “all-or-nothing” thinking is not very helpful. When I notice I am looking at things from a perspective of “either/or” or one extreme or the other, I try to challenge myself to see other possibilities beyond “black and white”. And while this is helpful, there are times when I also have to acknowledge that, at times, the reality of life is complex and confusing and there are situations where “both-and” does apply.
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Inevitability

posted by Estes Turner on Monday, May 14, 2012

"When my adoptive mom, Jewell, died in 1982 I was emotionally devastated and grief stricken. The loss of my dad four years earlier had been traumatic, but I had my mom to take care of and we grieved together...Ten years later, when I first considered search and reunion, one of my first thoughts was that I might have to grieve for another mother."
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Follow Up Essay to May Newsletter Cover Story

posted by Roxana Bell on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Twenty year old, Roxanna, an adoptee wrote this essay as a follow up to her "Reflections in the Mirror" story that was published in our May-June 2012 Guidance Newsletter.
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