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Tina Traster

Adoptive American Parents of Russian Children Don't Deserve The Heat

Tina Traster | Posted 05.15.2013 | Parents
Tina Traster

A few weeks ago, a filmmaker for Radio Free Europe spent the day with my family at our home in upstate New York documenting our "ordinary" moments. Olga Loginova, the filmmaker, wanted to show the world there are "successful Russian adoptions."

The Great Divide: Rosh Hashanah My Way

Tina Traster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tina Traster

The sweet yeasty aroma rising from the blessed creation stimulated my salivary glands and my memory. As I reached toward the loaf to tear off an end my husband tapped my hand as though I were an impetuous child: "No," he said, "You've got to wait for it to cool." I really was back in the kitchen with grandma, being taught the virtue of patience.

The Great Divide: Swimming Against the Tide in Suburbia

Tina Traster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tina Traster

Not playing by the rules is dicey in suburbia where children are raised in a culture of uniformity. I don't let my daughter go to birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese or eat cafeteria school food or watch television during the week. This makes her different. This makes us different.