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bridgett
Brooklyn
I'm a New York writer and college professor, with two children, one newly adopted
Interests: diving head-first into the world of trans-national adoption, learning about ethiopian culture and capturing this new experience of mothering a girl from ethiopia
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While sitting in a doctor's office, I read in one of those celebrity magazines that Angelina Jolie has decided to adopt a seventh child, from Africa, because Zahara said she wants a little sister who looks like her. Good for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at Girl From Ethiopia
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Mar 15, 2010
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This New York Times article about Haiti's struggling orphanages is an eye-opener. It explains a lot about the daily challenges of caring for orphans in an impoverished country. This quote from a Haitian mother is just plain heart-breaking: "So many... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2010 at Girl From Ethiopia
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Were those Americans who tried to take Haitian children out of the country abducting them or adopting them? I'd say it was both. Every international adoption is fundamentally abduction. The child adopts a new country and at the same time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at Girl From Ethiopia
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THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM A LIFETIME OF BLACK HAIR CARE AND A YEAR OF HAIR CARE ON A LITTLE TENDER-HEADED GIRL: 1. Don't use a comb. Use a wire-bristle brush. (combs really hurt, believe me); hold her hair very tight... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Girl From Ethiopia
Friends: There are ways that your donation, no matter how small, can have a big impact. They are not via the huge bureaucracies, but via the foundations who have long histories of accompanying, trusting, and strengthening the grassroots groups which,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at Girl From Ethiopia
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Perhaps some of you who're still considering where to adopt from will choose Haiti.... When the walls of their suburban Port-au-Prince orphanage came crashing down, their caregivers counted their blessings that no one had died. But then their attention turned... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2010 at Girl From Ethiopia
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Since A. has been asking for a Barbie doll, and I've been ignoring her request, I decided to get her this one for Christmas. Her name is Cecille and she has hair just like A. A. thinks she's okay. But... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2010 at Girl From Ethiopia
Hi Claudia, That's such a good question you ask. I think the big distinction is that "Native Son" suggested that a racist American society created the murderous Bigger Thomas, whereas "Precious" tells us that the girl's own mother and father are the culprits. But yes, it's probably getting a similar reception because both rely on "monstrous" black characters to make their points. Again, ambiguity and complexity be damned.
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2009 on "Precious" Manipulation at Bold As Love
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A. was so excited! She had her own ten dollars to spend at the school's book fair. Her teacher took the entire kindergarten class to the school's lobby and there each child got to choose whichever book she wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2009 at Girl From Ethiopia
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A. is an aggressive friend-finder! This is just week two of kindergarten and she already has a "best friend." Mind you, it's not the little girl she played with all summer and whom we requested be in her class. It's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2009 at Girl From Ethiopia
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This story got to me the most -- the knowledge that every week, Ted Kennedy spent time with his reading buddy, Larenai Swann. Larenai could be my own daughter sitting there with the "lion of the Senate." It certainly personalizes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2009 at Girl From Ethiopia
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This is one of the most inspiring blogs I've come across. The young woman you see here, Nikki, raises money for causes she believes in by doing blog makeovers! She has a September special going, and for $20, she'll redesign... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2009 at Girl From Ethiopia
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I'm thrilled to see that a new national ad campaign is being unveiled today to encourage blacks to adopt from the foster care system. Lots of negative attitudes prevail about foster kids. I know. I didn't seriously consider adopting domestically... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2009 at Girl From Ethiopia
Are you going to send a photo of her to the adoption agency so they can send it to her mother? This question came from my mother-in-law. Innocent enough, right? Bugged the hell out of me. First, I'm her mother.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2009 at Girl From Ethiopia
The other day, when A. showed her special photo album to my friend, she said something she has never said before. She pointed to a photograph and said, "That's my birth mother." She now has the language for who that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2009 at Girl From Ethiopia
Wide Horizons For Children, the agency we used for our adoption, is doing a much-needed thing: supporting efforts to keep children in their birth families and communities even as it continues to provide international adoption. This video created by adoptive... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2009 at Girl From Ethiopia
My hope is that we are at a tipping point, that the world is ready to focus on the African continent in a real way. Maybe, as playwright Lynn Nottage has said, the raped women of the Congo showcased in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2009 at Girl From Ethiopia
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When A. arrived over a year ago, she was this little thing, barely fitting into her size 3 toddler clothes. She weighed 31 pounds. We believed she was 3. Now, I cannot pick her up: she weighs 50 pounds and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2009 at Girl From Ethiopia
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Finally, the Malawi court chose to do the right thing. Hopefully, Malawi's officials have learned something from this saga. Hopefully, rather than look at each adoption request "on a case-by-case basis", those in charge of the country's two million orphans... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2009 at Girl From Ethiopia
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Jun 14, 2009
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Jun 14, 2009