Currently, I am in Calcutta on the 35th anniversary of the day I left as an infant. It is a day which represents a devastating loss and a beautiful gain. On June 10th, 1980 I was lifted out of one world and transported into another. I'm processing the loss and the gain on the same ground where … Continue reading 35.
I've found my time in Calcutta to be a far greater challenge than I could have anticipated. It's been peaceful and unsettling; fulfilling, revealing and shocking. My emotions have soared as high as pure delight and joy and have fallen as low as deep devastation leaving me increasingly distraught at times. There are moments of lightness but the … Continue reading Into My City…
Today is the day. I'm heading back to Calcutta for the first time since I left nearly 35 years ago as an infant. I'm feeling incredibly nervous, fearful, excited, leery and thankful. I still cannot believe I'm about to embark on this journey. Having the crew here for the past few days has been really wonderful; … Continue reading Taking the L E A P . . .
The time between now and day 1 of filming Calcutta is My Mother is dwindling and my anxiety is mounting. So often I wish I were more laid back and confident; easy going and relaxed. I certainly can be those things but in describing myself those traits wouldn't even make the top 10 list. I'm feeling eager … Continue reading 17 Hours.
A lot of thought and prayer went into titling the documentary and I did initially struggle with the phrase "Calcutta is My Mother" simply because I do have a mother and her name is Pamela. While I believe it to be an appropriate title for the film because it best encompasses the driving force behind the project, I want to clear … Continue reading Actually, Pamela is My Mother…
If you're wondering where I've been for the past couple weeks... I've been battling the flu with a side of fear. Our Kickstarter campaign ended over a week ago and I haven't been writing at all. Typically, I write everyday. Typically, I write multiple times throughout each day and sporadically throughout each night. But the flu bug … Continue reading The Flu With a Side of Fear…
In the past 23 days we have not only met our minimum goal of $15,000; we have exceeded it. OH MY GOODNESS. This entire process, so far, has really humbled me. I'm so thankful for your generous gifts and for those who have promoted Calcutta is My Mother. Because Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" … Continue reading S E V E N.
Friends...the support for Calcutta is My Mother has been overwhelming! Today Tamara, of Adoption Mama Blog, is sharing a guest piece I wrote in order to promote the documentary and Kickstarter Campaign. You can find it here! If you're not already following her blog, you should start today! She's such a sweet mama with a … Continue reading My Guest Post on Adoption Mama Blog
In case you missed yesterdays big announcement, you can read about it here! I've received some good questions about the documentary and I wanted to address them: Q: How do your parents feel about this? A: I have a very close relationship with both of my parents and rarely does a day pass in which … Continue reading Calcutta is My Mother | FAQ
Last Fall I agreed to be the subject of a documentary in which my first return to Calcutta, India will be documented. My first return to the slum where my abandonment took place. My first glimpse into a culture that is sewn into the fiber of my being but to which I have no real connection. … Continue reading Calcutta is My Mother | A Documentary