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To My Son As You Begin High School

Wasn’t it just yesterday that I took SIX positive pregnancy tests and said to your Dad, “I THINK I’m pregnant?” The shock of you entering our world quickly turned into an all-consuming, do-anything-for, life-changing kind of love. The moment they placed you in my arms, son, my world expanded and I knew nothing would ever be the same – life […]

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Finding I have Roots in Two Different Places

When meeting someone new I often get asked the question “Where are you from?” I find it difficult to answer. I moved every several years as a child and lived everywhere from Western Canada to Wisconsin. I am not from one place, I am not from anywhere, I am from everywhere.  I have now spent […]

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When this White Mama Had to Explain Slavery to Her Black Daughter

I met my daughter on a crisp spring evening when a caseworker brought her to our home as our first foster care placement. She was bald, beautiful and so tiny — nearly the size my biological sons were at birth although she was several months old. From the moment she was carried into our home […]

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