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Russian Adoption

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Free Russian Language Lessons

Our four high school and college-age kids were taken by us to visit a kind Russian head-of-department at a prestigious university. He gave 30 minutes of his time to discuss with them the fact that Russian has just come up as #2 on the Strategic Languages List and how the US State Department cannot get…

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Basic Types of Adoptees & Their Issues

It may go without saying, yet we must state the obvious: becoming available for adoption means that something bad has happened. A parent died, a caregiver proved unsuitable for meeting basic needs, the child was found by the authorities to have been starved/abused/neglected/living in squalor, or any of a host of other horrific issues. There…

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Why Do Adopted Kids Turn Out Bad?

Whenever a new horror film is released, an anti-social, demon-possessed adoptee often figures prominently in a feature role. Is this fair? Is this accurate? Does this demonstrate many adoptive families’ experiences? Yes and no. Your mileage may vary. We can say that there is just as much likelihood of a biological child going astray as…

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Our Russian-American Kids Voted

So proud of our three oldest children, two of whom voted for the first time in this year’s early elections. The discussions regarding candidates and showing the kids how to research candidates’ statements and records bordered on the hysterical at times, but we got through it. If ever there was a case for changing the…

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Petya’s First Scholarly Presentation

It was amazing. Spectacular. Stellar. Yet, as is often the case, it did not appear that all was going to be well during his first scholarly presentation. The research paper was excellent. Once 30-some pages, he needed to mercilessly slice and dice the manuscript to 9 pages in order to fit into the 20-minute time…

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I Voted— Have You?

A number of major issues and political appointments loom on America’s horizon. The future depends on all of us and especially in a close election, everyone needs to vote. While I have voted with an absentee (mail-in or show-up-early-to-headquarters) ballot in the past, this is the first time that I’ve voted early near my home….

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Adoption and Long-Standing Jealousy Issues

I recall when our children came home from Russia as preteens. Some had constant jealousy issues: I had doled out more peas to one than another. Literally counting them on their plate, they were sure that I had planned on slighting them…. Years later, the same issues resurface repeatedly. No one is counting tiny bits…

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Stretching for More in Home and Business

Are you ready to snap? Welcome to the rubber band life, where stretching is the only way to take new territory. Your average parent doesn’t like the idea of stretch marks, whether in the physical body through birth, in your wallet and sense of privacy through invasive adoption costs and questions, or the later psychic…

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AmeriMama Lures Pregnant Russians

With headlines blazing, I thought for a moment this was a program for pregnant Russian women to give birth in America… in order for Americans to adopt Russian babies-! Now there’s an idea to skirt Russian anti-American adoption laws. But instead, it’s a scheme whereby Russian women come to a New Jersey hospital to receive…

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A Fishy Business

So Petya, who is in university year-round, enjoys a month off every three months. Finishing up a couple of very big research papers, he’s ready for a break. And he wants to go fishing. This is a pull deep in the Russian soul, the desire to fish and to eat fish. It might be on…