The Week in News Review


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was re-elected, so buckle up for the next four years.  What will healthcare look like under Obama’s administration? And will the U.S. be jumping off the fiscal cliff come January? I suppose time will only tell what will happen.  Congress is still deadlocked, which means not a lot will change in the political landscape in Washington – for good or bad?  Let us hope that the Christmas spirit will create an atmosphere for bipartisanship.

Hurricane Sandy stole more than 110 lives, but numbers could keep climbing as the recovery effort continues. Getting the power back on remains the biggest struggle for the New England era as winter snows are settling over the Burroughs of Manhattan.

Hurricane Sandy-related fatalities by state:

New York – 48

New Jersey – 24

Pennsylvania – 14

Maryland – 11

West Virginia – 7

Connecticut – 4

North Carolina – 2

Virginia – 2

New Hampshire – 1

Total: 113

My prayers remain with the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

China has a new ruler, and while I’m on the topic of China, have you seen Somewhere Between, a documentary about adoption? Was that a bad segway? I had the opportunity to see this documentary and hear Linda Knowlton, documentary director, and Haley Butler, one of the adopted daughters featured in the documentary, speak about their experiences after the screening.

Left to Right: Kelsey, Me and Hayley – My sisters in the orphanage in Vietnam.

There was not a dry eye in the entire auditorium (including myself, and I abhor crying in public).  The documentary has no advertising budget, but as an adopted child, the film spoke to my heart.  I highly recommend parents who are interested in adopting, people who were adopted and anyone who feels like they are in between places in their life to watch the film.  The story isn’t just about adoption, it is about finding where one belongs in this world.  Sometimes, people can have their feet in two different places at once.

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