Your Secret’s Safe with Me Part 1

January 8th, 2007

“Your Secret’s Safe with Me” by Carol Barbieri, an adoptee from NJ who is also a wonderful writer! Her op-ed was in the NY Times in 2005 and another one was published recently in The Record (Bergen Co., NJ) This song is up on It is free and anyone can listen. How to locate the song is by clicking on the search box and typing in Carol Barbieri for the artist names. When you click okay a list of songs will come up and you will see Your Secret’s Safe with Me. You can click on view song info and all the lyrics and the story behind the song can be viewed. Unfortunately, this is one song that… [more]

Elf – The Movie – A Fantasy Search and Reunion

December 22nd, 2006

Although Elf is not a new release, I had not viewed it yet. However, since it was on television over the weekend, I decided to check it out. I figured any movie featuring 6ft. 3 in (or so) Will Farrell (Buddy) in an elf costume had to be fairly funny. Elf is the movie version of a most atypical search and reunion. The movie is atypical for a search and reunion for many reasons. Buddy really had no need to search. He was given his birth father's name, photo and an address, so a search was unnecessary. Not too many adoptees just skip the usual steps and head off directly to the building where their birth parent works! You are liable to… [more]

December Boys

August 24th, 2006

In December 2006 the movie December Boys is going to be released. This drama is a film that is based on Michael Noonan’s novel and focuses on four orphans who leave their orphanage for a holiday by the sea. A rumor about one of the boys possibly being adopted causes tension to rise among the orphans. Daniel Radcliffe will star in December Boys. This is the first film since Harry Potter that Daniel has taken on. The film is directed by Rod Hardy. The other boys in the movie are Christian Byers, Lee Cormie, James Fraser and co starts Jack Thompson and Teresa Palmer. The movie is set in the late 1960’s and these four close knit orphans in Australia were referred to… [more]

Jean Strauss Adoption Films – Part 3

May 9th, 2006

The third film was the only one of the three films that I had not previously seen. I enjoy her movies so much that I want to see them over and over. Each time I see them, I thoroughly appreciate enjoy seeing them. Film 3 was the newest of her adoption movies and deals with siblings relationships. Jean grew up with one other sibling in her adoptive family, a brother that her family had also adopted. When they were younger, they were quite close. Due to various circumstances including his mental illness, their relationship has suffered. Sibling relationships in adoptions are becoming the topic of discussion these days. Jean was specifically asked to address this issue in a film. When Jean reunited with her birth… [more]