Orit Harpaz loved being pregnant with her son Theo, now 9. The Sherman Oaks-based photographer got pregnant quickly, had no trouble carrying the child, and delivered at home with her husband, Gal, also a photographer, at her side. At the same time, she watched her best friend...
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Meet Wendy, Winnie and Willie.
Done awwing? good.
These three sweet puppies were found deserted near the Israeli town of Netivot in the Negev Desert. The person who found them called Jay and his fiance Roni, a couple who volunteer for animal welfare and occasionally take...
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Chinese villagers found the baby, abandoned by her birth parents, in a basket on a riverbank.
"Just like Moses," the child's adoptive mother, Terri Pollock, says. Today, Leah Hua Xia Pollock, 14, lives in Seattle and plays the flute in her temple's klezmer band.
Last year, Leah...
August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pmIn his raw, autobiographical monologue, "Who Is Floyd Stearn?" actor Michael Raynor struts onstage with a swagger reminiscent of James Caan. Raynor, playing himself, jabs a finger at a faded photograph.
The photo was taken on 185th Street in Queens, on his grandmother's lawn. In...
November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm
If your kids are out of the house and you're experiencing empty-nest syndrome, how about considering adoption? Don't worry though, this adoptee will be pretty low-maintenance -- all he needs is a caring family, food, water and, of course, plenty of fly-repellent gel.
The adoptees are...
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In 1995, nurse, mystery writer and prospective single mom Serita Stevens traveled to Romania to adopt an abandoned 9-month-old baby girl. So appalled was she at the conditions in the orphanage at which she finally met her future daughter, she started Hugs and Hopes--Romania to help...
November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm
Judaism commands us to be kind to animals.
Thus I don't eat them and I don't keep them as pets. But this Thanksgiving, I've gone a step further. I've rescued one.
"Oh great, you adopted some foul fowl," my husband, Larry, says.
"Not any old fowl," I answer, "but Pumpkin, a 40-pound...
November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pmWhite Oleander
By Janet Fitch
Little, Brown, $24..
When author Janet Fitch was 9, her longtime friend disappeared into the netherworld of the Los Angeles foster care system.
The girl's mother had died, then her father and an elderly aunt. When her older brother, a junkie, was arrested,...
July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pmAll her life, Jeanette Kopitowsky has been searching for a face in the crowd. She scans strangers' faces for someone, anyone who looks like herself. Her biological mother. Her father. A sibling.
The playwright-actress, who was abandoned by her parents as a baby, grew up in foster...