The New Global Family
4 years ago, sitting in a park in my neighborhood I struck up a conversation with another mom, a virtual stranger who had 2 biological sons with her lesbian life partner. Our small talk took an unexpected turn and suddenly we found ourselves clinging to each other’s stories like hurricane survivors in a life raft. She had endured countless stares, unsolicited advice and an intrusive and heartbreaking exchange with a stranger in a diner in the very “PC” upper west side of Manhattan. A woman stopped at her table, pointed at her and suggested she might be the “father” of her baby. We laughed, even cried a little and that moment changed my life. I realized that, as a single mother to an adopted child of another race, this woman and I shared a deep bond. Different as we might be in other ways, we were both pioneers in a new, American family model.
This realization found creative form in a book proposal where I had intended to interview countless “non-traditional” parents – gay, single, trans-racial, adoptive. In the midst of this journalistic frenzy something quite wonderful and miraculous happened. A chance meeting with a friend on the street directed me and my newfound mission to a friend of hers, Catherine Wayland, who was actually putting together a magazine, International Family Magazine, for people like me. I had no idea how that innocent interchange would enrich my life. Catherine has become not only a cherished friend, but a creative lifeline who has allowed me to spin my pain into gold. She has given Zoe and I a home in print and, for that, I will be eternally grateful.
A Profile in Divorce
How Did I Get Here
Taking on the Disney Channel
What's Wrong with this Picture?
Change Has Come. And the Struggle Continues...
The Reading Relay Race
The Glue That Holds a Family Together…
A New Wave
Partnership or Parenthood?
The New Global Family, Ours and Yours
Zoe's Siblings - Thicker Than Blood
Mommy, I'm Brown and Beautiful
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