This year would have been Dad’s 92nd birthday. He passed away when he was 74. It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years since I last saw him Anyone who has read my book, Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption, knows that I write significantly about my adoptive father. I write about his abusive […]
News and Happenings for Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption
You know how after you write a book you scan the web for reviews, interviews, sales, and anything with your name attached to it? And it pretty much comes up the same? Until it doesn’t. There is a ton of happenings around Bitterroot and its reception over the past few months. Upcoming events? September 23-27, […]
TEDxMileHigh is a wrap! Now, let’s talk…
Ok, I just gotta say this: being a speaker at TEDxMileHigh is a (terrifying) rush! And for me, a relative introvert, it overwhelmed my senses. After preparing for this moment for almost 2 months, complete with several intense and interesting trainings, Rick and I walked down the hall and toward the dressing room. One of […]
Is American Indian a ‘racial’ or ‘political’ identity?
Is American Indian a ‘racial’ or ‘political’ identity? It’s complicated. I’d just posted on FB how the conservative right (the Goldwater Institute) is attempting to upend the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) through its state-by-state litigation. There are two legal arguments, both funded by right-wing think-tanks, whose money can be traced to the […]
Interview on KALW’s Your Call – Bitterroot and a conversation about race, identity and belonging
The one thing that I really enjoy is talking about Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption. Whether it is at a book festival, in a lecture hall, in a book club or on the radio, I get a little jazzed when I’m asked for an interview. Especially when the interview questions are as detailed […]
Most Popular Question – Why did you write Bitterroot?
Book ideas don’t materialize out of nothing. Built on foundations of experience, or rooted in something larger than a single story, ideas begin as ethereal and boundless shapes. Over time they take form, eventually becoming distinct and real. Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption is such a book. Although shaping the story has its […]
Bitterroot is a Finalist for the Colorado Book Award
Just before I left for London last week, I was notified that Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption had been chosen as one of four finalists in the Creative Nonfiction category of the Colorado Book Awards. I am thrilled and I am so very honored to be among this list of great writers with […]
Role Modeling Resilience
Last night, I was one of 23 women who were part of a project at Colorado State University for International Women’s Day. The Theme was resilience. And there were four amazing speakers, three students and one professor, who told their stories of challenge and achievement, and reminded us ‘older’ ones what our role needs to […]
Exciting events coming up and changes to the website!
Unless you are Stephen King, publishing is like graduating from college – people aren’t knocking down your door asking you to work for them, or in this case, talking about your book. At least not until you get your name out there. And that can take a bit of time, a lot of patience, and […]
Essay published in High Country News – Adoption Didn’t Solve the “Indian Problem”
During the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, American Indian children were placed with white families at a phenomenal rate. By 1974, approximately 30% American Indian children were removed from their American Indian families and placed with non-Indian families. Neglect was cited most often, a vague term that was responsible for changing the lives of Indian children, […]