Birthday Week
Feb03

Birthday Week

In January I celebrated a rather chilly Birthday that is, it was cold not full of frosty people!   Being an adopted person I always sit quietly for a few minutes on my Birthday before heading out to my party to contemplate the great Birthday ‘journey’ I endure as I face varying amounts of unanswered questions and memories of sadness and loss from long long ago… Yes, Birthdays for many of us are challenging. However, I very much want...

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Using your mouthpiece
Nov05

Using your mouthpiece

I play the flute – hurrah! Apart from being tons of breathy fun any woodwind player will also tell you about the importance of the mouthpiece, as a sound has to be made first before the player can then formulate notes which in turn lead to the wonders of music. So I believe the correlation commences between a persons ability to vocalise life experience, which then can benefit others and create a melody that resonates hope and life...

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Hydration, family and you
Jul29

Hydration, family and you

Hydration – does it make a difference if you don’t drink enough? I’m going to give you a typical case study that I have come across – a child, late teens who had constipation. Going to the loo was painful and they were feeling sluggish too – often tiredness prevented them concentrating at school too. It had been such a long term issue that it became a habit and they had almost got used to the symptoms. Because it was embarrassing, it...

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Laugh at Adoption
Jul01

Laugh at Adoption

Laugh at Adoption: Really? Comedy and adoption on first appearance seem unlikely bed-fellows, and yet the link between the two is a essential. ‘You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humour in anything, you can survive it’  Bill Crosby   The adoption, fostering and care arena as we all know is fraught with difficult, tragic and emotionally complex subject matter, but humour makes these issues...

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Incredible Journeys
Jun30

Incredible Journeys

Incredible Journeys: International Adoption, by Cecile Trijssenaar founder of International Adoption Guide shares with us some important and thought provoking information. I would like to congratulate Joy on this wonderful project to bring together all who are touched by adoption.  An open forum to discuss different aspects of adoption has been a long time coming and will make a vast difference to dispel the myths of adoption. So well...

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Led into diamond
Jun18

Led into diamond

What is the difference between lead and diamond? Apart from the obvious value, appearance and use the answer is heat and pressure. If you add heat, pressure and time to a piece of lead you get a diamond of great worth. So it is with humankind as we go through the difficult pressures and immense heat of life’s situations that we often face. So next time you are under pressure don’t panic, just know that even though none of us would...

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What skills do you need to raise children?
May25

What skills do you need to raise children?

What skills do you need to raise children? Is there such a thing as the “perfect” parent? Absolutely not! Is there such a thing as “good” parents? Absolutely yes! Firstly let’s define what a parent is: “To be or act as a mother or father to (someone)” So what exactly does that entail? Communicating Your Love and Affection – This can be demonstrated in many ways however, in my opinion, one the greatest ways is to show and let...

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Meet the artist Geraldine Walsh
May23

Meet the artist Geraldine Walsh

I Meet up with fine artist Geraldine Walsh in a little coffee bar in South East London called ‘The Orchard’, it is the perfect place to meet this inspiring ‘pixie like’ woman, who is bursting with creative intelligence, energy and eloquence. An orchard is a place of fruitfulness, so I am intrigued to find out how an artist may tackle the subject matter of fostering and family. Once we have ordered and got through pleasantries,...

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Comics 4 Adoption At Embassy, Mayfair
May21

Comics 4 Adoption At Embassy, Mayfair

The event is staged by Comedian/Adoption campaigner Joy Carter  who staged the first ever stand-up comedy fundraising event featuring top comedians who have all been adopted or fostered: Gerry Kyei (fostered from Ghana), Rick Kiewswetter (adopted from Japan) and herself adopted from Nigeria.  The focus of the night was to raise money for 3 charties Adoption Arena supported that evening and launch the concept of comedy and adoption....

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Comics 4 Adoption Photos From Event
May21

Comics 4 Adoption Photos From Event

The event is staged by Comedian/Adoption campaigner Joy Carter (joycarter.co.uk) who staged the first ever stand-up comedy fundraising event featuring top comedians who have all been adopted or fostered: Gerry Kyei (fostered from Ghana), Rick Kiewswetter (adopted from Japan) and herself adopted from Nigeria. The night also launched www.zealfi.com – ‘Building a life changing community’, Zealfi is a company committed...

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