This Is Us Episode #29 Recap: Can the Pearsons’ Find Healing for Their Old Wounds?

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Beth, Tobey and Miguel may have been kicked out of the group therapy session tonight, but WE WERE THERE. We were sitting in on one of the most awkward, cringe-y, yet ultimately healing, therapy sessions ever. When last we left off with our Pearson family, Kate had just miscarried, Randall and … [Read more...]

This is Us Episode 25 RECAP: Will Jack and Rebecca Be Able to Guide Randall Through a Racist World?

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My two favorite components¬†of "This is Us"-- Randall and adoption--were front and center in this week's episode, so I was ALL IN! At first, I thought the judge story was an obvious place to go--a black judge wanting to stop a white family from adopting a black child. But the more I thought about … [Read more...]

This is Us Episode #24 RECAP: A New Generation of Pearsons and the Beginning of Rebecca and Miguel

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You guys, last week I don't think my eyeballs even misted over, but this week was a sobfest. When young Randall said "Nobody looks like me (in the Pearson family)," I saw my beautiful Korean girl, with her golden skin and raven-black hair.¬† When Rebecca introduced herself to baby Randall as … [Read more...]

I Am a Real Dad: Thoughts About and Photos of Adoptive Dads and Their Children

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It was 2004 when my husband, Doyle, had a dream he will never forget. In the dream he saw a tiny little girl, about two, with hair the color of a blackbird's wing and eyes the shape of watermelon seeds. She was sitting on the back of a tractor trailer, in a red shirt, waving at him and … [Read more...]

7 Thoughts on Trauma, Orphans, and “Anne with an E”

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  NOTE: Now that "Anne with an E" has dropped here in the US on Netflix, the conversation--and controversy--have ramped up even more. "I don't see why we need a 'gritty' Anne," one fan ranted, while others are loving the more complex, authentic heroine, trauma-induced warts and all. I … [Read more...]