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Legacy of an adopted child – Part III

I haven’t written on this blog in a very long time.  Adoption burn out, in a major way – I had to walk or lose my sanity, and that sort of sums things up.

I was cleaning out my inbox today and noticed a lot of comments had been generated lately.  Turns out most of them were spam.  But one, in particular, was not – and is probably the most important comment ever left on my blog.  It is the comment left on this post – Legacy of an adopted child – in March of this year.  I’m angry at myself that I did not pay close enough attention to have seen Penny’s comment when she made it.  She has possibly thought to herself, “just great, another person who won’t believe me.”

Well Penny, actually, I do believe you.  I was always a bit uncomfortable with the claim someone named Lisa had written the poem – because while my short-term memory sucks, I was always sure the author’s name had been something like Peggy or Patty.  And “Penny” is like “Peggy” or “Patty.”  Lisa is not.

I’ve written an email to Penny this morning, one I hope she receives.  I’ve offered to help her prove that poem is hers, and damn if I’m not going to do that.  The author of that poem deserves to be acknowledged, she deserves the thanks of millions of adoptees who have identified with her poem.  And to be blunt, she deserves financial remuneration for all the times her words have been used for-profit.

Ladies and gents, you can help with this endeavor.  I’m asking anyone who has access to “TEEN” magazine from the late 1970’s through 1989 to please pour through the “Poetry Corner” pages of the magazine and look for this poem.  It IS in there – I carried the cut-out from the magazine around with me for years.  Maybe there are some “TEEN” magazines in your basement, maybe you work in a library that has them in the archives, or maybe you worked for the publisher and know where archived copies of those magazines remain.

Maybe you lived and worked in the Indianapolis area back then and remember a young teenage girl wining a poetry contest with this poem.  Maybe you remember seeing something about it in the local paper.

Whatever the case, speak up – do some digging – let’s FINALLY put this mystery to rest once and for all.

And let’s make sure the real author of this poem finally gets the recognition due.  This is just too important to let go.

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August 7, 2008 Posted by | Adoption Rants, General, Just For Fun | 9 Comments

Imagine all the people…

If we could reduce the world’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this:

60 Asians Music3
12 Europeans Music3
5 US Americans and Canadians Music3
8 Latin Americans Music3
14 Africans Music3
49 would be female Mffemale
51 would be male Mfmale
82 would be non-white Color
18 white Triplets
89 heterosexual Love6
11 homosexual Love3
33 would be Christian Pray
67 would be non-Christian Namaste
5 would control 32% of the entire world’s wealth, and all of them would be US citizens 2cents
80 would live in sub standard housing BangHead
24 would not have any electricity Tv
(And of the 76% that do have electricity, most would only use it for light at night.)
67 would be unable to read Read2
1 (only one) would have a college education. Homework
50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation Cry
33 would be without access to a safe water supply Fishing
1 would have HIV Sad4
1 near death Thud
2 would be near birth A_binkybaby
7 people would have access to the Internet Googley

If you have a bank account,
money in your purse
and there is some trifle in your coin box,
you belong to 8% of well-provided people in this world. Smiley

If there is a meal in your refrigerator,
if you are dressed and have got shoes,
if you have a bed and a roof above your head,
you are better off, than 75% of people in this world. Smiley

If you have never experienced a war,
the loneliness of an imprisonment,
an agony of tortures, or a famine,
You are happier, than 500 million persons in this world. Smiley

If you woke up this morning with more health than sickness,
you are luckier than the million that will not survive this week. Smiley

If you are able to go to church, mosque or synagogue
without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death,
you are happier, than 3 billion persons in this world. Smiley

If you take a look at the world from this condensed perspective,
the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes evident. Grouphug

March 29, 2006 Posted by | General, Just For Fun | 6 Comments

Ok, tell me what you think –

Manuela had this on her blog, asking her readers to give feedback on how they perceive her. I thought it was pretty neat and decided to put one up for myself. So, if you’d please, visit this link, and pick a few words you think describe me. You might consider creating one yourself, too – I think it’s kind of cool to get a glimpse into how we see each other. Have fun!

February 17, 2006 Posted by | Just For Fun | 2 Comments

“Word Clouds”

I don't know how many of you have checked out the very cool blogs I've linked to on the left, but I try and read them every day. I'm still catching up on some of the archived posts in them, but as I do so, I am just more and more inspired all the time. These are some VERY neat people!

Today, I was reading on "Crunchy Granola." If you haven't checked Susan's blog out yet, make sure you do. She and her partner Politica are raising a cool little girl she calls "Curious Girl." I love that! Anyway, Susan blogged about her "Word Cloud" a few days ago. I thought this was so very cool, I decided to make one for myself. These are actually intended for t-shirts you buy, which I'm not interested in doing right now. But when you visit their site, it "crawls" your blog and creates a Word Cloud for you based on words found in posts on your blog. So I had it do mine. I wasn't completely happy with the list it auto-generated, so I made a few changes, and then I kept a copy. Then I decided I was bored, and that I didn't want my "Word Cloud" to be two-color. So, I made my own! I just really liked the concept. I think I'll end up printing mine out and making a framed print of it. Maybe I'll do more of these over time and create a "wall of words" detailing different times in my life.

I really like words – words as art, even better.

So thanks Susan, for letting us know about "Word Clouds!" (And let me know if you want a full-color one for yourself – least I can do!)

February 2, 2006 Posted by | Just For Fun | 2 Comments