Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
Austin, TX adoption story
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Foreign adoptions bring home love
It doesn’t matter a bit to Maggie and Katie McKain that they don’t look like their parents.
All that matters to Katie, 2½, is that she can nuzzle up to Mommy when she wants a safe, familiar place to cuddle. For Maggie, 4½, few things are more important than tugging at Daddy’s hand and leading him to the dessert that beckons in the refrigerator.
The fact that the girls were born in China and their adoptive
parents hail from Michigan and Kansas means nothing.
Also contained in the article are various reasons some families choose international adoption as well as a discussion on adoption trends. While there were over 20,000 children adopted internationally last year, there were over 100,000 children adopted domestically in the U.S.
SF Chronicle article on Guangzhou
Historical impact meets modern verve in Guangzhou
Of course, you can't write about Guangzhou without mentioning the adoptive parents who travel there to visit the U.S. Consulate:
That's a pretty accurate description of the cottage industry that has emerged in the vicinity of the White Swan, which does offer the parents a sense of comfort knowing they can find things like formula and diapers right around the block.
At the western end of the river promenade looms the modern tower of the 850-room White Swan Hotel, nicknamed the "White Stork Hotel" after the adoptive American parents of Chinese children who typically stay there. The U.S. consulate is next door, and the parents-to-be file their adoption papers there, clearing the way for a wavelet of new Chinese immigration.
Nearly all of the adoptees are infant girls. Given the traditionally low status of girls in China, you have to believe they will have better lives in their new homes. It is a novel sight to see dozens of American couples pushing prams and shopping together in the streets around the White Swan. Indeed, a commercial ecosystem has sprung up there, with the ground floors of old buildings given over to shops that sell new baby strollers, baby clothes -- basically all things baby.
Hunan baby trafficking case
This is exactly the kind of thing that gives foreign adoptions a bad name and you hope it is not very widespread. The following quote from the article should give prospective adoptive parents pause:
People involved with the adoption of Chinese children by foreigners have long worried that parents might unknowingly receive children abducted from their families.
They worry that baby-trafficking accusations could lead officials to limit or stop giving homes to thousands of children who might otherwise grow up in orphanages.
Friday, February 17, 2006
Signs of the end times, 2
This is just plain bizzare.
All I can say is, don't make plans for December 22, 2012.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
1998 Nervi Gattinara (Italy)
Dessert (made by Lauren):
Flourless Chocolate Raspberry Cake
The wine was a Nebbiolo (90% of this varietal), which paired perfectly with the steak and the chocolate dessert. The Nebbiolo grape produces big, powerful wines full of tannins that almost beg to be aged. I still have my 2000 Barboursville Nebbiolo and now I’m convinced to hold on a little longer before opening it.
Monday, February 13, 2006
Dr. Ellen Kempf
Visit Dr. Kempf's blog.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
More snow pictures
I’m watching the Olympics. Most of it is on tape delay. Naturally, I want the USA to win every event, but I’m somewhat pleased that jerk Bode Miller finished out of the medals. He solidified his jerk status with his comments about “skiing drunk” and accusing Lance Armstrong of juicing. Ski sober, Bode. Don’t accuse your athletic betters of doping. I’m also a big Michelle Kwan fan and I’m sorry to see her have to drop out. A lot of folks on Long Island were angry that she petitioned to get on the team ahead of Emily Hughes. Hey, Emily wasn’t guaranteed anything by finishing third at the U.S. Championships. Only the winner (Sasha Cohen) was assured of a spot. And besides, Kwan was bumped in ’94 when Nancy Kerrigan was whacked in the knee by Tonya Harding’s goons. You have to go with the more experienced skater. It would have been nice, though, to give Emily a little more notice. Now she’s snowbound on Long Island and who knows when she’ll make it to Turin.
So far we have three medals. Two of them are in half pipe snowboarding, a sport I’m convinced was added to give
potheads slackers from the U.S. a chance to score some hardware. “Dude, an event for us!! Cool! I’m so stoked!” Congratulations, guys.
The great thing about snow is that it looks great in black and white. Here are a couple more pictures from the neighborhood:
Ally has been waiting for it to snow this year. We told her last night that when she woke up, there would be lots of snow. She won't be disappointed. It was the first thing she mentioned when she woke up. They just plowed the road, so now I can shovel the driveway and make a path to the playground across the street. Here's what it looked like this morning, all tranquil and still: Maybe I'll get out later and take more. We don't get many opportunities like this.
Friday, February 10, 2006
Doctor to tour Chinese orphanages
Dr. Ellen Kempf is getting ready to travel to China for what she calls the ``ultimate continuing medical education.''And she plans to share the lessons on international adoption that she learns with readers worldwide through the Web.
Kempf, a pediatrician who heads the Oak Adoptive Health Center at Akron Children's Hospital, leaves today for a nine-day trip to tour Chinese orphanages. While there, she'll also meet and follow families who are in China to adopt children through Oregon-based Holt International and Family Adoption Consultants of Macedonia.
She plans to journal daily about her experiences on a blog that will be posted on the hospital's Web site, www.akronchildrens.org.
It will be interesting to see what kind of access she gets. I'll certainly be checking her blog this week.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Signs of the end times
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Chinese New Year Parade - DC
You can't have Chinese New Years without dragons:
And you can't do anything in DC without Mayor Anthony Williams showing up:
If there's a guy from the hazmat team pulling something out of a garbage can, you know something good is about to happen. He's pulling a string of about a million firecrackers out of that can and connecting one end to a crane hook. The crane then pulls the string about four stories into the air.
Who better to light the string than hizzoner, The Mayor:
Once the crackers started going off, the crane slowly lowered it so that the exploding end stayed on the ground. The dragons proceeded to dance around the firecrackers:
Overall, we had a pretty good time and saw a lot of other families with adopted daughters from China. I was worried Ally would be afraid of the firecrackers, since we were so close, but that wasn't the case. I wish we could have stayed and done some shopping, but there was some football game on later so... maybe another day.