Adoption Conference a HUGE Success

I wanted to wait until my thoughts were more cohesive before posting but I realize I am going to have to do this in stages. There is just so much I have to process and so many things I took with me from this conference. I think I will just write a brief overview of some stand out moments for me and then write more in depth posts later. There are poets and professors, authors and papers to discuss. Theories and new ways of looking at the world of adoption that I took with me. SO MUCH!!!

I purchased two books while I was there and miracle of miracles NEITHER of them are about adoption! Well, not directly anyway. The first book I bought was Carol Schaefer’s book Grandmothers Counsel the World.

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I actually got to sit and chat with Carol and I have to tell you that is one amazing woman. It felt like I had known her for years. In a sense I have known her for years as we all have. Her name is synonymous with adoption literature. Isn’t it funny how you just expect people who are well known to be somewhat aloof or at the very least too “busy” to have a real conversation with you? Not so with Carol. She was one of the most down to earth people I have ever met. I enjoyed every moment of our conversation. We actually have a great deal in common when it comes to matters of the soul. I hope I get the opportunity to talk with her again some day. She was gracious and touching, one of those rare people who actually looks you in the eye and you can tell they are genuinely pleased to be making your acquaintance. Rare indeed.

The second book was by Faith Adiele entitled Meeting Faith.

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I had the pleasure of hearing Faith read some of her work at the open mic. session and I just fell in love with her strong presence and the delivery of her poignant short story in which she spoke about her amazing mother (speaking of strong) and her touching reunion with her father and siblings. It wasn’t until later that evening in the hotel that I realized it was her book that I had purchased so I am really excited to read it.

I braved the overwhelming fear I have about speaking in public and read two of my poems at the open mic. session! I was proud of myself because talking in front of a group is seriously a TOTALLY paralyzing thing for me to even consider. So yes, I am growing.

There was a session on blogging and I wasn’t going to miss that for the world. I had no idea who was going to be speaking as I know many bloggers only by their blog names. To my delight I was familiar with ALL of them and it was like meeting family for the first time face to face. I got to meet Dawn from This Woman’s Work and Shannon from Peters Cross Station, Susan from Crunchy Granola and Jenna Chronicles of Munchkinland. Each presented well and had everyone in the classroom excited about running home and starting their own blogs. Kudos ladies you were superb!

I ALSO got to meet Marley Greiner who has Bastard Hall of Fame standings and is somewhat of a hero in my eyes for her tireless work for open records. That was a pretty huge deal for this slightly less famous bastard.

Among the audience at the blogging session was someone whom I was overjoyed to meet; Abebech from New Flower Blooms. I really can’t say enough about this woman. She has always been such a huge source of support with her comments on this blog and truly understands not only the nuances of communication but never fails to deliver with compassion and love. I feel very blessed to consider her my friend. Meeting her in person was absolutely wonderful.

It’s getting late and this is getting long winded but I have to say a few words to my travel companions.  You are both more dear to me than words can adequately convey. The trip just wouldn’t have been the same without you two. I love you both! Only one thing could have made this weekend better. You were missed K.

More to come!

Nighty Night.

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9 responses to “Adoption Conference a HUGE Success

  1. Oh wow this sounds incredible! I can’t wait to hear more. Which poems did you read?

  2. mia

    It was Theresa! I wish you could have been there.
    It was difficult to choose what to read and I actually ended up (with the help of my friend) copying these down about 20 minutes before I was supposed to be there! lol
    ——————————————–
    So much good,
    so much pleasure,
    so much joy.

    It is enough to sustain
    and keep at bay
    that deep and original pain.

    Life is good.

    Still…..

    A quiet sadness
    lies dormant
    within
    waiting for the opportunity to
    present itself .
    Expression is multiplied inside.
    I don’t know, maybe the lights hide it. Maybe it is bat like and only comes out in dreams
    hiding behind the dark of night
    safe from ridicule or shame.

    On the surface the lines on my face are the only indication that something
    lies
    deeper
    but the smile…
    oh the smile draws the eye
    and hides
    that quiet place within.
    that longs for a voice of it’s own.

    Until the night and my dreams arrive
    you may enjoy my smile
    and pretend
    that is all there is
    to me.
    ——————————————————-
    I’m sorry for the things I’ve done

    I’m sorry for the parts I can’t control.

    I always do what’s in my heart,

    I pay close attention to my soul.

    I think about life in your shoes

    and every day I walk a mile there.

    The deepest parts of me take care of you.

    To feed my soul and keep true inside,

    to walk the line with my eyes closed,

    is the hardest thing I have ever done.

    But I try and that is all anyone has the right to ask of me,

    and rest assured it’s all I ask of you.

  3. Your poems are powerful, moving and absolutely beautiful.

    Sounds like it was a huge success. I, too, am looking forward to hearing more about it!

    So happy you could be there, Mia!!

  4. suz

    met marly in DC. she told me all about it and said you were there! like you, just coming off the cusp of the ethics conference and have so much in my head. i suspect it will be blogged about and processed over the coming days.

  5. mia

    Thank you Paula!

    Suz I can’t wait to read about it! I sure wish I could have been there.

  6. KT

    namaste, my friend.

  7. Mia, you’re so kind — It was such a pleasure to meet you! Thanks for spending time with me, and for being my friend.

  8. Mia, your poems are lovely, so strong and clear.

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