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I Believe the Female Fox Newscasters

It’s not difficult to anyone whose head is not in the sand. I mean, what’s with the heavily made-up, mini-skirted women of Fox News? I’ve wondered that for years. I don’t get it. Maybe I work in much more conservative realms in our nation’s capital, but when a grown woman wears a sleeveless, low-cut top…

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Learning All We Can

My cousin was maybe 20 years old when she arrived in America. She and I had been born one day apart, the daughters of twin brothers. He worked in the Old Country, whereas my father lived in the US. Tanya had dual citizenship and while she was visiting, decided to get her driver’s license, much…

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Four Weeks Petya-Free

We are more than midway through and actually nearing the end of the month-long leave of absence our oldest son took from his job… and his university studies… and us. Volunteering as a camp counselor, I hear he’s heading out for whitewater rafting early in the morning. He sneaks the occasional text to us once…

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Montpelier Train Depot

It was one of those sites that just presents itself. As usual, we were on our way traveling from one place to another, when good fortune would have it, we passed a delightful stop. Not really interesting enough to make a special trip just for this, it was an aha moment when the serendipity of…

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Heard from the Famous Person

For research purposes, I had to contact someone who is a giant in their field. Their recent and upcoming work was threatening to affect a book that I was writing. It was not simply a good idea that I get in touch; it was paramount. The institutional e-mail listed for il famoso did not elicit…

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Clinton E-Mails and the Intent to Harm

I texted my husband when the news hit that Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted. Her use of a private e-mail server and the exposure of thousands of sensitive governmental communiques were not considered criminal because no intent to harm had been proven. “Good to tell the police the next time I decide to speed—…

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Is Summer Camp Good for Adoptees?

In a nutshell: not. so. sure. Leaning toward not. And mind you, my son is not the nine-year-old, gone away for his first time to sleep-away camp. No, he’s the 19-year-old camp counselor. Here’s the rub: very little has changed since my days at camp, you know, back in the Stone Age. We were not…

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Desperate Mother Moments

I’m doing okay, thanks, even though my eldest son is far away. Saying goodbye at the train station at 4:00 am was challenging. But he made it to Manhattan, no problem, meeting up with his team and then heading for points north. His two tired parents, myself having slept for all of an hour or…

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What’s Changed in Moscow?

I’ve been asked by many to report more in-depth concerning Moscow. Many adoptive parents have not been there in the past decade when international adoptions began to close. No matter what region you stayed in, most of us had to end up our trip with several days in the capital. Is it the same? Yes…

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LinkedIn Anxiety

I admit, I live the life of a hermit. A jet-setting hermit. A very busy hermit. But a hermit nonetheless. Now it has been brought to my attention that I really need a LinkedIn profile. Which, in many ways, anything beyond sending smoke signals by computer is really too high tech for mere, middle-aged mortals…