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Opinion: Colorado’s welcome commitment to truth and transparency for people parented by donors

The Colorado General Assembly has taken a historic, exemplary step to protect the interests of donor-conceived persons with the near-unanimous passage of SB 22-224, which received Gov. Jared Polis’ signature. For decades, the fertility industry has existed as a global, largely unregulated multi-billion dollar market which, according to one friend who works in the equine […]

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Opinion: Adoptees live at the ambiguous intersection of money, love and oppression

If you type #NAAM2020 into the search bar of your favorite social media platform, you might be surprised at what pops up.  Some adult adoptees have decided to “reclaim,” or “flip the script,” on National Adoption Awareness Month (November), originally created as a time to recognize children in need of permanent, loving homes. What began […]

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At first it was an annoying, early morning noise. Now it’s a life-affirming response to the shutdown.

Inspiration: We all have varying ways of managing our cabin fever. What started as an “odd hours” annoyance has evolved into a “Ride on, skaterdude!” every time I hear him.  Odd Hours Your skateboard wheels kuh-lack! before the sunSends quiet light at five fifty-two a.m.How can you see from inside that hoodieTo steer your cambered […]

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Stunned by youthful disregard while a loved one died in assisted living, I wrote this poem

For a Corona We May Die While beautiful young idiots drink beerAnd play outside in sun and sand and sea,Their elders hide indoors and gasp in fear. Chief Propagandist drones, “It won’t come here.We’re safe. Go work. The best economy.”So beautiful young idiots drink beer. Physicians, COVID experts make it clear:This bat contagion is no […]

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Opinion: Encourage the hope, honor the lament of those touched by adoption. It could save a life.

Adoption, like politics, has often been viewed through polarized lenses that generate passionate emotions and fiercely held beliefs that may or may not be helpful and healthy.   The first view, usually espoused by adoption agencies and prospective parents waiting to adopt, is bathed in love and ethereal light, basking in the hope and promise of […]

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Opinion: From orphan trains to DNA: As adoption evolves, many paradoxes remain

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and this year, after more than 20 years facilitating an advocacy, search and support group for adults touched by relinquishment and adoption, I am keenly aware of one thing: despite its evolution, adoption involves complicated paradoxes. With respect to laws, much has changed for the better. Colorado’s first adoption […]