Once Upon A Time...In Adopteeland
Jennifer Dyan Ghoston
Through an audio drama, episodes of thought-provoking conversations and bonus recordings, the listening audience can learn some of the issues that the adoption community face from the perspective of the adoptee.
Mar 15 2021
1. Welcome to Once Upon A Time...In Adopteeland
An adoptee shares her perspective about the subject of adoption. Music written and composed by Corey Quinn Recorded at The Blueroom Studios, Nashville TN by Charles Yingling
85. Adoptees in Conversation 2/2
In conclusion, Tina graciously hosts this episode and asks thoughtful questions of Jennifer. As friends, they often have great exchanges and decided others might benefit from what they learn in conversation about each other as adoptees. Music by Corey Quinn
84. Gail L. Taylor-Tubbs; "Answered Prayers"
Gail L. Taylor-Tubbs, 71 years of age and Birth Mom to Andrew Joseph Berry Gail married Johnny Tubbs in 1993, with a blended family of six Children (first-born son, my second-born/deceased son, four step children, 17-Grand Children, 1-Great Grandson and Twins on the way in October 2022. In 1977, when Gail's deceased son Christopher was an infant, she discovered that Massage was good for infants and toddlers. This is also when she began the search for her first-born. Massage as a profession stayed on her mind from that time until she became a Certified Massage Therapist in 1997. Today, after having worked at Spas, Chiropractic offices and as an Instructor of Massage Therapy core curriculum, she is still working in the field of Massage Therapy with a steady clientele at her home studio. Gail as a 15-year old birth mother in 1967, she chose to relinquish him to adoption rather than have him grow up, in what she considered, a dysfunctional family. She prayed to God that someone would adopt him and give him everything he wanted and needed. When Gail found Drew Berry in 2003, she discovered that God had indeed answered her prayers. Drew had been adopted by a Public School Teacher and his wife, a Nurse who could not have children. He became their first child. Drew has a blended family of a wife, 6 children, 1 grandson and twin grandchildren on the way. He and his wife just finished building a house in an affluent area of Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. Gail and Drew cherish each other as family and she loves him so much. They are in regular contact with each other. This episode is lovingly dedicated to Gail's second son, Christopher Elliott Bruce, 08/23/77-10/26/93 Music by Corey Quinn
Sep 13 2022
83. Lynn Grubb; "Hidden Identity"
Lynn Grub returns to the podcast to give us an update on her adoption journey as a published author of her memoir, "Hidden Identity" on the Adoption Experience podcast. Lynn is a Peruvian American adoptee as well as a parent by birth and adoption. She has published multiple essays at her blog, No Apologies For Being Me and in various adoption anthologies. In 2015, she created and self-published The Adoptee Survival Guide: Adoptees Share Their Wisdom and Tools, Using genetic genealogy, she was able to identify her paternal ancestry and now helps other adoptees do the same. Music by Corey Quinn
Sep 6 2022
82. Melinda A. Warsaw; "A Legitimate Life", A Forbidden Journey of Self Discovery"
Bio-Melinda is a baby scoop era adoptee - meaning her adoption was done in secret, by The Cradle Adoption Agency in Evanston, Ill. in 1947. Her true identity was sealed by law for 99 years. Her secret journey to find her biomother began in 1970 and in 1980 was finally found. In the course of forty years she became an activist and advocate for adoptee rights; wrote articles for adopters Sandra Hanks and Lisa Shahar for the blog Adoption Under One Roof, wrote her memoir in 2012 and started her own FB page. Reunion didn't happen until 2009 when she flew out to Waterloo, Iowa, to meet her paternal second cousins once removed. Her paternal half- brother and sister drove from Houston to meet and share information. She also united with her maternal half-brother and made a true family tree on Ancestry.com. It is now 2022 and is very active helping other adoptees. Today adoptees are taking back their voices and sharing their thoughts and feelings in ie groups on Facebook, Blogs, Podcasts, YouTube, Instagram and on and on. Adoptees are finally talking out loud. Melinda A. Warshaw's memoir, "A Legitimate Life; A Forbidden Journey of Self-Discovery" is available on Amazon. Music by Corey Quinn
Aug 30 2022
81. Patrick McMahon; "Becoming Patrick"
Patrick McMahon is an artist, writer and musician. Born in Chicago, he has lived most of his life in the Midwest and California, where he currently resides in San Diego. His book, Becoming Patrick, a memoir of adoption, was a San Diego Book Awards Finalist and is currently available worldwide. He’s been active in adoption education and reform since 1999 and has conducted expressive arts seminars nationally for people involved in adoption. His photography has been exhibited nationally for over 25 years, and he plays clarinet in the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble. His memoir "Because Patrick" is available on Amazon.com Music by Corey Quinn
Aug 23 2022
80. Janet Nordine, MS, LMFT, RPT-S; An Adoption Compassionate Competent Therapist
Janet Nordine, MS, LMFT, RPT-S is an Adoption Compassionate and Competent Therapist working with all members of the Adoption Constellation (adoptee, adoptive parent, birth parent and family members), and their supporters. Janet has advanced training to meet the needs of the Adopted Child and Family. She is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, a Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) Practitioner and she is trained in Level I Theraplay. Janet is attachment-focused and has a clinical foundation in Gestalt Theory. Her personal connection to adoption is that she is a “baby-scoop” era Adoptee and an advocate for adoptee rights. She is an expert on being adopted. She has been adopted her whole life. As an adoptee, she has a unique perspective and understands the clinical aspects of adoption trauma. Music by Corey Quinn
Aug 16 2022
79. Danielle Orr, a late discovery adoptee, an artist and a writer who is in reunion with her birth family
Danielle Orr is a writer, painter and animal lover. She resides in California and is currently working on publishing her memoir. References mentioned in this episode: The Adoptee Voices Writing Group created by Sara Easterly; Adoptee-Voices.com to register for the fall session. Jean Houston/Mystery school Stan Groff EIrvin Laszlo Ram Dass Pema Chodron Paul Sunderland Angela Asatrian Second Half of Life by Corey Quinn
Aug 9 2022
78. Lisa Ann; "Wandering Tree" and Connection with the Adoption Community
Recommended resources by adoptee podcasters, Lisa Ann and Jennifer Dyan Books: Ann Fessler “The Girls Who Went Away” "The Gathering Place" - Emma Stevens "The Lies that Bind" - Laureen Pitman "Tree of Strangers" - Barbara Sumner "Searching for Mom: A Memoir" - Sara Easterly @Because Adoption (Mary Herbert) on Instagram Adoptee Voices Writing Group founded by Sara Easterly (Co-facilitators; Ridghaus, Alice Stephens, Kate Murphy and Jennifer Dyan Ghoston) www.adoptee-voices.com Betty Jean Lifton “Twice Born” Jean Strauss “Beneath a tall tree” and “Birthright” Nancy Verrier “Coming Home To Self” Julian Washio Collette (Blog) Peregrine Adoptee: Wandering Reflections of a Life in Fragments Podcasts: Black to the Beginning hosted by Dr. Samantha Coleman and Sandria Washington Adoption: The Making of Me hosted by Sarah Reinhardt and Louise Browne The Adoption Files - Ande Stanley Who Am I Really? - Damon Davis Adoptees On and Adoptees Off Script - Haley Radkey Pulled By By the Root - Heidi Marble Wandering Tree - Lisa Ann Adopted Feels - Hana and Ryan Adoption: The Making of Me - Louise Browne and Sarah Reinhardt This Adoptee Life - Amanda Medina Other Recommendations: "Adoption Mosaic" founded by Astrid Castro Fireside Adoptees on Facebook (Private and Public Groups) Adoptees Connect - state chapters / groups Adopteereading.com Bookshop.org/shop/reunionlandpress. Music by Corey Quinn
Aug 2 2022
77. Part 2/2 with Julian Washio-Collette; "Peregrine Adoptee" blogger
Julian Washio-Collette is a baby scoop era domestic double-adoptee, relinquished and adopted as an infant, and relinquished and adopted a second time at the age of nine. His life spans a diverse range of experiences, including extensive touring of the United States by bicycle, living in Buddhist and Catholic monasteries and other intentional communities, and a lifelong commitment to healing and growth. He holds a master’s degree in theology with a focus on monastic studies. Julian currently lives in a small cabin with his wife, Lisa, behind a monastery in the coastal wilderness of Big Sur, California, and is working on a memoir exploring the intersection of adoption, healing, and spirituality. His Blog, "Peregrine Adoptee: Wandering Reflections on a Life in Fragments" contains many of his published pieces. The Nothing Place: ( Nothing Place: Searching for Mother: ( Sunderland, “Addiction and Adoption”: ( Song: ( Email address: email@example.com Music by Corey Quinn
Jul 26 2022
76. Part 1/2 with Julian Washio-Collette; "Peregrine Adoptee" blogger
Julian Washio-Collette is a baby scoop era domestic double-adoptee, relinquished and adopted as an infant, and relinquished and adopted a second time at the age of nine. His life spans a diverse range of experiences, including extensive touring of the United States by bicycle, living in Buddhist and Catholic monasteries and other intentional communities, and a lifelong commitment to healing and growth. He holds a master’s degree in theology with a focus on monastic studies. Julian currently lives in a small cabin with his wife, Lisa, behind a monastery in the coastal wilderness of Big Sur, California, and is working on a memoir exploring the intersection of adoption, healing, and spirituality. His Blog, "Peregrine Adoptee: Wandering Reflections on a Life in Fragments" contains many of his published pieces. Dear Adoption, Are You Proud of Me?: ( ( address: firstname.lastname@example.org "The Journey Toward Wholeness" by Suzanne Stabile Music by Corey Quinn
Jul 19 2022
75. Adam Anthony; "Onward & Upward"
Adam Anthony is a current resident of Murfreesboro, TN. He is the son of two parents and a brother of one sister in his immediate adoptive family. He has Adam has a Master of Organizational Leadership degree, Bachelor of Science in communications, and is a newly accepted Doctoral of Education in Leadership candidate. He is a communications administrator for Vanderbilt University. Adam volunteers currently in the Nashville and Murfreesboro area in music therapy services for at-risk children, community engagement, and aspires to help serve those in need around him. He is developing a blog for personal development and enjoys the following hobbies: writing, public speaking, acting, singing, hiking, binge-watching tv show series, and spending quality time with friends and family. Being a part of this adoption community has enabled Adam to seek answers, wisdom, and healing, and become a positive representation for adoptees who are seeking, healing, and asking out in the world. Music by Corey Quinn
Jul 12 2022
74. Sandi C., an international adoptee from Panama is in reunion with her maternal birth family
Sandi C. is an international adoptee from Panama. Most of her life has been in the midwest but she returned to the DMV area about a year & a half ago. She is a social worker whose 30-year career has included time in mental health, adoption, and foster care. She has been in reunion with her birthmother and maternal family for 18 years. Music by Corey Quinn
Jul 5 2022
73. Mary Herbert; "Because Adoption"
Mary Herbert as a mom of four biological children, has walked through parenthood as an adoptee trying to understand more about her own childhood through raising children of my own. Each chapter of Mary's life has brought new questions and curiosities that many will never understand. Walking through parenthood, or young adulthood or even your later in life chapters learning about where you came from can be alarming and frankly disconcerting. Pairing with someone who has been through the wringer as far as a story of adoptee search and reunification is a benefit only another adoptee can provide. Mary Herbert is on Instagram @becauseadoption and her website is Becauseadoption.com Music by Corey Quinn
Jun 28 2022
72. D. Yvonne Rivers; "Birth Moms Real Talk"
D. Yvonne Rivers, Host, Birth Moms Real Talk Podcast Since 1988, D. Yvonne Rivers Aka Phoebe has been a champion of a cause, from business success, domestic violence, re-entry, and adoption community. One facet of this global business expert is an esteemed speaker, facilitator, and trainer across the globe on four continents. Another facet of this woman started in 1973 with the birth of her son who she championed for family assistance for support to raise as an unwed mother at age 19. Life changes as she ‘did her best’ to place her son in a loving home. Yvonne had such ambition and brilliance, finishing a pre-med program in 3 years and accepted to medical school. Yvonne’s journey to become a ‘change-maker in her life and others began in 1973. Over 30 years, she continued the search with letters, journaling, speaking on panels and processing her grief and loss alone. Yvonne was unrelenting and never gave up. 2015 gave her a breakthrough with finding a picture of her son on social media. With boldness, she reached out, not knowing whether she would get rejection or acceptance. The Courage of a Birth Mother Overcomes All. Yvonne met her son in 2018. Through sitting in rooms of support groups and conferences, Yvonne found she had created a pathway of peace as a Birth Mother for herself and the “Now” is the time to help others in the adoption constellation. Yvonne launched “Birth Moms Real Talk podcast in June 2021. After Season One, BMRT podcast has reached over 185,000 persons and over five thousand downloads. BMRT hosts Saturday Chats with all members of the triad and has an audience who write letters and comments of the magnificence impact in their lives. Music by Corey Quinn
Jun 21 2022
71. Jessica, an adoptee in a full circle reunion and better connected to the adoption community
Jessica was born and raised in California. She is the mother of two kids 10 & 4. Jessica worked in high level dementia and Alzheimer’s care since 18 years of age due to her love for seniors. She's new to being a part of the adoption support community and can’t wait to experience more. Jessica's recommendation of a Facebook group is called Search Angels for Adoptees by Corey Quinn
Jun 14 2022
70. Zhen E (Jenny); "Black Box: An Adoption Story Choreopoem"
Zhen E (Jenny) grew up in a small Iowa town where she was the only non-white person. Before the Pandemic, she was a massage therapist, a published playwright, wedding official and event planner and Cat-Mom of 2 cats who loved traveling and being a foodie with her husband Robert. She, her husband Robert, their son Jordan and his wife Skylar traveled to her place of birth in South Korea. Zhen E wrote an multi-award winning play loosely based upon her adoption story called “Black Box: An Adoption Story Choreopoem.” She is a co-host of her own podcast Sick&Tired 2.0 as well as co-owner of the production company Sassy Bitches Productions. She is still a published playwright, Hello Kitty obsessive and loves to hike with her husband. Music by Corey Quinn
Jun 7 2022
69. Laureen Pittman; "The Lies That Bind, An Adoptee's Journey Through Rejection"
Laureen Pittman is a paralegal by profession and worked for lawyers and law firms large and small for over 20 years after graduating from college with a degree in political science. She also happens to be adopted. Laureen started blogging about her journey to discover her identity in 2013. As her own story began to evolve, she realized that there was a much larger truth that needed to be explored and shared. She wanted to bring her story to life—not just for herself and her family, but for other adoptees who yearn to learn their own truths and for families touched by adoption who want to understand and value the heart and soul of an adoptee. You can find her on-line at (www.adoptionmytruth.com). Her memoir, The Lies That Bind, An Adoptee’s Journey Through Rejection, Redirection, DNA, and Discovery, was published in 2019. Music by Corey Quinn
May 31 2022
68. Adoptees In Conversation Part 1/2: Tina hosts Jennifer
Tina graciously hosts this episode and asks thoughtful questions of Jennifer. As friends, they often have great exchanges and decided others might benefit from what they learn in conversation about each other as adoptees. Music by Corey Quinn
May 31 2022
67. Pamela Hasegawa, an adoptee, a long-standing member of the adoption community and in reunion with her maternal birth family
Pam was born in the early 1940s in New York City. She grew to age 5 in Manhattan and Connecticut, and by the time she reached junior high school, her family settled in Barrington, Illinois. Her mother died when she was 12 of a massive heart attack. Fast forward to 1959, Pam's first year at college. When she signed up for creative writing, she had no idea she would be opening a door to thinking about her origins when the professor assigned students an essay imagining where they would be, and what they would be doing, four years after graduation. Pam would go on for three decades to change the adoption laws in New Jersey which led to adoptees in that state being granted the right to request their original birth certificates. She credits her relationship with Florence Fisher in NYC being the beginning of her outstanding efforts in the adoption community with all members of the constellation. She continues to make contributions to support her fellow adoptees in their adoption journey. Music by Corey Quinn
May 24 2022
66. Julie Wetherby; "Identity Reclaimed, Echoes of an Adoptee"
Like many children adopted in the postwar era in which she grew up, Julie Wetherby has carried the burden of relinquishment and family secrets right through her life. When a powerful call to arms commands her to finally take action, she is faced with a life-changing challenge. Can Julie put off what she always intended to do: investigate her roots? Wheels set in motion, she embarks on a journey that radically alters not only her present life but the way she has viewed the past.Julie’s memoir recounts events chronologically for the most part, assisted at times by cameo scenes of childhood, as well as imagined events based on factual evidence and documented World War Two horrors. Haunted by unsettling disclosures and destructive barriers, Julie soldiers on even when all seems irretrievable. In her quest to pacify a raging inner child, she explores a collision of identities, until, at last, she finds both peace and strength through healing self empowerment. Julie's website; memoir is titled "Identity Reclaimed Echoes of an Adoptee" by Corey Quinn