Category Archives: Fostering/Guardianship

The Wait

Dust is collecting on your bedroom furniture-you notice when you drag yourself out of bed an hour after your alarm has gone off.  You start circling the kitchen, trying to decide if you’re hungry or if you should wash the … Continue reading



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Gray Matter

I’m of a certain age (okay, I turned 50 last August) and have been battling gray hair for at least 10 years. It all seemed to start innocently enough … a few hairs here, a few there, and then before … Continue reading



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Cyma Shapiro Interviews Photographer Dave Engledow

In 2010, after the birth of his daughter, Alice Bee, (midlife father and) photographer Dave Engledow set out to capture her in a variety of humorous situations. Placing only the two of them in the photos, he created a series … Continue reading



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Losing Decker

My dog went to Heaven; he went there today. I’m not quite sure how, but he knew the way. Every day it was harder to run and to climb, And I guess in his heart, he knew it was time.



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Mistaken Identity and a Big Mistake

I guess it had to happen one day … 17 months have passed since she was born. I was 47 then, I’m (just) 49 now. Many people have congratulated me on my beautiful, funny, chatting, waving, singing, dancing daughter. And … Continue reading



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Old Enough for Gratitude

My mother just dodged a cancer scare. My uncle is in the middle of one. My brother is having heart problems, and on Sunday I rushed my 2-year-old into the ER with an allergic reaction, that, thank God, resolved itself … Continue reading



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My Love Will Not Let You Down

At this time of year, when the tills of florists, card shops and chocolate emporia go “ker-ching,” the world is suddenly filled with red heart-shaped helium balloons, and I’ve often been known to become a little cynical. I love ‘love’, … Continue reading



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Infertile. Me? No way, I’m Latina!

I’m soon to be 60, raising teenage brothers who my husband and I adopted from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua almost fifteen years ago. Being a Latina and native speaker definitely helped when we approached an orphanage in northern Mexico. Being a … Continue reading



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The Oldest Kindergartener

Last week, I walked my daughter to her first day of kindergarten. We did all the typical first-day things, the new backpack, the special outfit, lots and lots of photos on our front steps, the Facebook share of that first-day-of-kindergarten … Continue reading



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Step 4 (The Journey of a New Foster-to-Adopt Midlife Mom)

I attended a class on “how to become a foster and or adoptive parent” this past weekend.  The class consisted of me and five couples.  Three of the couples said were unable to have children and are considering adoption; two … Continue reading



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