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Voices Behind Our Heart Gallery

The following story is taken from Lane DeGregory, Times staff writer When the fighting would start, Justice Smith would sneak into her little brothers' room to tell them everything was going to be okay. She was only 8 then, but she knew what to do: put in a Scooby-Doo movie, turn the TV up real loud so the boys couldn't hear their mother and her boyfriend screaming. Then Justice would crawl into the bottom bunk and ...

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

There was a popular TV sitcom which ran from 1982 – 1993 entitled “Cheers”.  For those of you who don’t remember (or are too young to remember) the show was set in a bar in Boston, Massachusetts.  The show was built around the lives of the regular patrons of the bar and those who worked there: Sam - owner/bartender, Diane - waitress, Woody - bartender, and Carla - waitress.  A regular of the bar was ...

Every Adoption Experience is Unique

Every adoption experience is unique; it is never possible to anticipate exactly what it will be like. The processes and requirements for adoption can be complicated, and adoption, though ultimately rewarding, can at times be an emotional roller coaster for parents and children alike. With its Matching Assistance Program and other resources, A Family For Every Child tries to help families persist through these frustrations, to stay hopeful, and to keep believing that the rewards ...

When The Road Leads Home

To say we were lost might be a stretch.  We did know our general location and we had a pretty good idea where we were headed.  We had simply taken the wrong path.  We set out for an easy to moderate five mile hike; however after six miles we began to suspect we were on the wrong course.  When we hit a particularly steep stretch of the trail, which led directly up the face of ...

Change

“If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou  (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) Change is a natural part of life.  We experience it constantly.  There are many situations which we have the power to induce change.  We change our clothes, our speech, our behavior.  We change the sheets on the bed and change a tire when it’s flat.  We make change when we purchase ...

I Choose You

Sara Bareilles has a new song entitled “I Choose You”.  The song is clearly a love song, but is it only appropriate for lovers?  Isn’t it also appropriate for the beautiful choice of adoption?  Adoption is an act of love freely given to another.  It is the choice to willingly open one’s heart to risk.  It can be scary, hard, painful, but isn’t this the case with all love?   I have posted the lyrics, but ...

Temporary Things

He stands in the kitchen with a guilty look on his face.  I scan the counters in search of what might be the reason for the smirk.  I do not see anything unusual…at least not at first.  I glance back at him and my eyes fall to his skinny neck.  There in bright red and blue is the face of Spiderman resting right below his left ear.  He smiles as I feel a frown crease ...

No Man Left Behind

The United States Marine Corps have a motto they live and die by… “Until they are home, no man left behind.” The statement is simple and clear.  This basic principle is ingrained in each soldier.  In the battle and on foreign soil each Marine is to take care of the man next to him.  He is not to be concerned with his own welfare, but with the welfare of his fellow brothers.  “Ours is a ...

Birds of a Feather…

The traffic was moving steady for early afternoon until the car begins to slow in front of me.  I tap my brakes and bring my Honda to a slower pace.  I cannot tell what is causing the sudden traffic jam, but I figure there must be a Highway patrol officer on the road or an accident.  I scan the shoulder of the highway searching for the culprit.  It is then that I notice a car ...

We All Must Do Our Part

The statistics on child abuse in the US are staggering and horrifying.  There is no way to sugarcoat the hard reality that in our country more than four children die every day as a result of child abuse (www.childhelp.org).   How can this happen?  We are a country founded on the declaration that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and ...