Hard-boiled One-Year Anniversary

Huntsville, ALToday marks the one-year anniversary of Hard-boiled Dreams of the World!


And, since the definition of anniversary means to return to the same point, the nature of this post be a smack in the face from last year’s reality, which was returning from Guatemala City with a beautiful baby girl

Guatemala Adoptions

One year later, the histrionic Main Stream Media is spinning Guatemala adoptions in a negative light, claiming mothers are coerced into giving up their babies, that Guatemala is a baby farm, that adoptions are run by private lawyers thereby making the process open to corruption.

The touted solution? Put the process in the hands of the government! Yes, the world is well aware that politicians are sooooo much less corrupt than lawyers.

Trying to stay focused on the truth and not the spin, U.S. ambassador to Guatemala James Derham said earlier this month:

We have thousands of cases of Guatemalan children who have been adopted to the United States and have had terrific experiences as adoptive children there and frankly have probably experienced a life more full of opportunity and support than they would have if they had been abandoned in Guatemala.

What’s more, Kristen Bristol of Rhode Island gives these facts about the so-called lax Guatemalan adoption process in her comment at Anderson Cooper’s blog:

1) The birth mother is required to sign off on the adoption no less than FOUR times during the process. She has until the very end (longer than birth mothers in the U.S.) to change her mind.
2) The birth mother must be interviewed by a social worker in the family court system in Guatemala. If a child has been stolen or the mother has been coerced, the truth will come out there. The social workers are randomly assigned to each case.
3) The birth mother must submit to a DNA test to be administered by a physician approved by the U.S. Embassy. If the DNA of the woman does not match that of the child, the adoption will not continue.
4) To make sure that a child was not switched after the DNA test, the child will be given another DNA test after the adoption has been approved, to make sure it is the same child that took the original test. If this is negative, the adoption will not be completed.

Those facts supplied by Kristen Bristol echo our Guatemalan adoption experience, which I am convinced was a blessing for all involved.

Hard-boiled Dreams

Anyway…one year later, Beautiful Baby Ana is even more wonderful.

One year later, my hard-boiled dream sometimes looks like this (via phone camera through auto glass):

Alabama Sky, October 8, 2007

One year later, I’ve learned a lot more about this world, from really Amasnic Facts, to really amazing real history.

One year later, I’m aware that according to science, our world is more akin to a dream than previously realized.

And no, I’m not talking paranormal theories here; I’m talking cold, hard science.

I’m talking about John Wheeler, eminent physicist and colleague of Einstein and Niels Bohr, proclaiming in non-metaphorical language that our consciousness is intricately involved in the creation of external reality, that this universe is built like an enormous feedback loop, a loop in which we contribute to the ongoing creation of not just the present and the future but the past as well.

So, you know, let’s keep on creating. Why not!

Thanks to all who’ve dropped by, and more thanks to those who’ve contributed thoughts and comments. It’s been fun, and I’m looking forward to another year of bouncing thoughts off the interactive universe.

[tags]hard-boiled, world culture, war, poverty, religion, peace, dreams, adoption, Guatemala, John Wheeler[/tags]

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14 Responses to Hard-boiled One-Year Anniversary

  1. Lynne says:

    Congrats to you!! You have a TERRIFIC blog. I know I’m not the only one out here who appreciates your efforts. Thanks for the education.

  2. Lynne says:

    By the way, have you seen the film What the Bleep Do We Know? Raises some interesting issues.

  3. jodi says:

    congratulations baby! Your Guatemalan princess, and your Alabama sweetheart love you. I’m so glad we brought our baby home. My thoughts and prayers go out to those that are in the process right now.

  4. James says:

    Way to go!! Here’s to another year of great blogging.

  5. JoeC says:

    Thanks everybody! And, yes, I did see (and enjoyed!) What the Bleep Do We Know? When you get into quantum mechanics, it’s a strange, wonderful, and spooky weird world.

  6. Xman says:

    Thanks for all your efforts, Joe.
    You have been a great help to me as I struggle to make sense of it all…and find my place on what appears to be only shifting sand all around.
    What is “solid” is the stability of your family and your faith that shines through all your work.
    Keep it up. We need as many examples like you as we can get.

  7. What a pain in the ass, this blog. I can’t stay away.

  8. pelmo says:

    All I have to say is that life gets better each day when you have a child. It gets even better when those children have their owen, and you get to hear those magic words, “I love you grandpa”.

  9. LaSirena says:

    Yay! Happy blog birthday and I wish you, your wife and beautiful baby Ana more wonderousness(wd?) each day. What great pictures of her!

  10. TheDevil says:

    Way to go Amigo! …keep it going.

  11. petulant says:

    Another Year!? What next? Another one? Geez… if ya keep it up, people might get all edumucated. Damn you Joe!



  12. JoeC says:

    Hey, thanks everybody! Sorry for the lack of posts lately…very busy at work and home plus I’ve caught my first cold of the season, so I’ve been going to bed early. I’ll get back to posting on the blog again soon, promise…

  13. Hey Joe!

    I almost forgot about you .. and then I was doing some checking and NOTICED once again our discussion.

    I am so glad to see you posting about Ana and your life! I really wish you the best of everything.


  14. James says:

    Way to go!!! Keep on blogging and pissing off the establishment.

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