A Documentary You Don’t Want to Miss

March 31st, 2010
Categories: Movies

FilmI'm not always keen on documentaries. In fact, I'm not always keen on movies. I greatly prefer to lose myself in a book. I don't like to sit still for the amount of time watching a movie of any genre requires. A new documentary has me excited though and I do plan to watch it. Entitled Off and Running, the film features an all-star high school runner who just so happens to have been adopted. Avery Klein-Cloud was apparently born in Texas and was adopted by two (white) lesbians. Avery herself is African-American. She lives in Brooklyn and attends a private Jewish school. All kinds of interesting ideas playing into that, right? What caught my eye wasn't the fact that… [more]

Reuniting on Television

November 16th, 2009
Categories: Television

I was sitting in my living room, minding my own business when a promo came on the television for a new show. Maybe you've heard of it? Find My Family is a show set to debut on ABC, a channel I rarely watch, on November 23rd. The premise of the show is to reunite family members who have, in the words of the press release, "lost touch." Included in that are, of course, birth parents and the children they relinquished for adoption. The press release can be read here. A unique spin on this particular spinoff of the idea we've seen presented on television over the past few years is that the two searchers on the show are both adoptees. This could be good… [more]

New Movie: Mother and Child

September 17th, 2009
Categories: Movies

Movie TheaterI normally loathe movies with an adoption theme. At their best, I tolerate them. (Remember how I was able to find good things to say about Juno? That doesn't mean it's my favorite movie or a good portrayal of adoption. It just means I'm a glass-half-full kinda gal.) At their worst, I rant about them for weeks to my poor, poor husband. When I hear of a movie that has something to do with adoption, I normally tune out. I think about rainbows and butterflies and what to make for dinner. Not so with a new movie entitled Mother and Child. What has left me interested and lacking my usual cringe-and-ignore position? This review. I read it and got chills… [more]

Army Wives & Adoption

August 12th, 2009
Categories: Television

I have a guilty secret: I'm addicted to the Lifetime show Army Wives. Part of it is because I used to be an Army wife. (I'm still married to the same wonderful man. He's just no longer also married to the Army.) The rest of it is the great acting, juicy stories and general drama of the show. There have been some storylines that made me roll my eyes. Other plots have sucked me in without question. The most recent episode threw a surprise adoption story at me! Those meanie-heads! I've talked about other guilty secret shows of mine in the past, like One Tree Hill, throwing adoption at me when I least expected it. This particular plot twist was totally unexpected. Here's what happened, in… [more]

My Belated Thoughts on the 16 & Pregnant Finale

July 30th, 2009
Categories: Television

I was on vacation when the season finale of 16 & Pregnant aired. Upon our arrival home, we had to immediately attend an anniversary party. After we got the kids to bed that night, my husband said, "What do you want to watch?" I didn't have to answer him; he already knew. As we began watching it, I had hope. Despite the negative comments left on the page by what I hope to be teenagers without an inkling of real life experience or knowledge of grammar, I thought the two parents portrayed themselves as rather responsible, thoughtful teenagers. Yes, they were a pair of pregnant teenagers which some argue places them in the irresponsible category immediately. However, when I was feeling as if I was an… [more]

Should You Watch 16 & Pregnant Tomorrow Night

July 15th, 2009
Categories: Television

I've been addicted to MTV for a few weeks now. Not for the music videos as they don't seem to air those anymore. Does it make me seem old that I remember videos? In fact, to be honest, when a friend told me to turn it on, I didn't know what channel MTV was on our satellite. And yet, I've become addicted to their show, 16 & Pregnant. Even my husband has been watching with me, leaving us discussing the unique situations for each young mother, father and family. The premise of the show is that MTV camera crews follow around an expectant teen mother as she deals with the fallout from her decisions, makes even more decisions and eventually delivers her child. The cameras are… [more]

Anyone Following Days of Our Lives Adoption Storyline?

January 28th, 2009
Categories: Television

Are any of our readers following the adoption storyline on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives? I use the word adoption very lightly because it's more of a strange kidnapping than a legal adoption. Add in some lying and dollop of unethical coercion and you've got something very typical for daytime soaps. However typical, it's making my head hurt. To catch you up, I'll give you a brief rundown of the events leading up to today's horrendous episode. Woman is pregnant. Woman and man are excited about baby. Woman miscarries baby. Woman is scared she will lose man if she tells him she is no longer pregnant. Woman continues to fake a pregnancy. Woman finds a young pregnant girl and convinces her to place. Young… [more]

More on One Tree Hill

October 28th, 2008
Categories: Television

I proved to myself and the world that I am not a writer for One Tree Hill last night. They didn't unroll more about the second adoption storyline. Well, they did in a way but not in the way I had thought (or, maybe, hoped). The episode did feature the storyline, in general, in great detail. I should explain! Brooke, the character who foster-slash-sponsored a baby last season, has been having a rough season. She was attacked, her business was robbed and she eventually signed her business over to her (crazy) Mother. Her friend is a teacher at the school and found out that one of the girls in her class had run away from her foster home. The friend approached Brooke and asked her if… [more]

Adoption All Over My TV

October 27th, 2008
Categories: Television

I talked about the adoption storyline in the show One Tree Hill last season. Brooke's character sponsored a baby who needed heart surgery. I feared some big dramatic storyline in which she unethically adopted the baby but they didn't take it that route. Then the season ended and I thought that was the last of the adoption storyline. Not so! Seems as though the writers of One Tree Hill have realized the surge in adoption talk on the internet and in the news and decided to run with it. Twofold. Yes. Not one but two adoption storylines. Simultaneously. My emotions are on overdrive every Monday evening. Storyline one: Peyton, one of my most favorite characters, has long had a sub-storyline about her status as an adoptee though… [more]

Newborn Babies and Music: Same Thing!

September 29th, 2008
Categories: Television

A friend of mine alerted me to something said by the star of Brooke Knows Best on VH1, Brooke Hogan. Apparently, for an upcoming episode, Brooke is contemplating going back to school which would involve leaving her music career or, at the very least, putting it on hold. The previews for this episode are hitting on this particular sentence. Giving up my music is like giving away a newborn baby. Let me assure you, Brooke Hogan, it's not the same thing. In fact, the two things are so unrelated that it is not even an apples versus oranges comparison. Apples and oranges are both fruit. Giving up your music or giving up a newborn baby would be like comparing apples and the cure for cancer. Unless, of… [more]