Counting Down to 2013!!!

Everyone in our family wishes you and yours



If you haven’t heard Lea Michele sing “Auld Lang Syne,”

here is just the audio so you can focus on the music.

Re-blogging this piece of Nina’s which rings such a bell!

Don't We Look Alike?

by Nina Schidlovsky

I looked at the piece of paper in my hand and my heart lurched. A big fat D+ laughed at me in red marker. If I turned the page to the side it looked like the Cheshire cat grinning with a little bow tie—mocking me and tormenting me to no end.

My classmate behind me scooted forward and loomed over my shoulder. “Aren’t you Asians all good at math?” He snorted.

“I’m not that kind of Asian.” I retorted—trying to keep the tears from welling up. “I’m the fun kind—the singing, dancing, laughing, beauty pageant kind.”

“Whatever,” he said. “I still think it’s weird you suck at math. You know? Since you’re Asian and all?” With that, he gathered his notebook, battered textbook, TI-83 and plodded out of the room.

Asian and all? What was that supposed to mean?

Math was never my strong subject. It had…

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Re-blogging Luanne’s “Miss Saigon” post.

Don't We Look Alike?

by Luanne

Most of the CDs in my collection are Broadway musical cast albums.  From the time I was a preschooler, I’ve listened to show tunes, first learning them from my mother’s LP collection of 1950s show classics.  The one recording from any era that moves me every time I listen to it is Miss Saigon.  From “The Movie in My Mind” to “Sun and Moon” to “I’d Give My Life for You,” the music makes me cry.

Miss Saigon

I’ve seen a touring version of the show, as well as a professional show, which my daughter was in, in Wichita, Kansas.  Those productions really brought home how unfortunate it is that Miss Saigon is one of the few musicals available for Asian actresses.  Except for the young woman playing lead, all the Asian girls in the play portray prostitutes and pole dancers, strutting across the stage in bikinis.

In the…

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Here is Marisha’s review of the film “Somewhere Between.” For upcoming screening dates visit

Don't We Look Alike?

by Marisha







What an experience I had seeing the award-winning documentary Somewhere Between, about the lives of four American teen adoptees who were born in China!  Although I was adopted as a baby from Korea, nothing I’ve seen or heard about adoption has ever opened me up in such a vulnerable way.  I can’t put myself at a distance and be as objective about the film as I would like; however, this review is my best attempt to do so.

I saw the film, which was directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, at the Nuart Theatre in West LA last week.  It has moved on to San Francisco and will air in theatres across the country.

The dictionary defines the word “adopt” as “taking into one’s family through legal means and raising…

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Reblogging Juliet’s popular story. Enjoy!

Don't We Look Alike?

by Juliet Meiying Ercolano

[Juliet is our first guest blogger.  She was born in The People’s Republic of China and joined her “forever family” in the United States when she was six months old.   A rising senior at Baltimore School for the Arts, Juliet is a dance major.]

When I was only one month old, I lost my first family. I lived for five months in an orphanage in China sharing a crib with two other babies. Because of the shortage of food, the nannies or ayis (pronounced “eye–ease”) thickened our bottles with ground rice to keep our stomachs full. (I was so small when my family adopted me that I only weighed 11 pounds at six months old.)  I am told that we were kept tightly swaddled in blankets to keep us warm and to take the place of someone holding us because the orphanage, or “social welfare homes” as they are called…

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A Little Diva Magic

Broadway Lights

Broadway Lights (Photo credit: M.V. Jantzen)

Shhh.  We know we’re supposed to be on vacation, but we couldn’t resist this fun!  Christine Pedi’s diva impersonations for Christmas.

DWLA Wishes You a Merry Christmas!!!

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luanne and Marisha hope you have a Christmas brimming over with love and peace and goodwill.

We will be back in January.  Have a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


Luanne and Marisha

P.S.  We will re-blog some stories from earlier this year while we’re on vacation.

Gifts to the World by Kayla Richardson


Dancer, Choreographer, Musical Theatre Performer

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Kayla spent much of her childhood performing in musical theatre in Cincinnati.  Today she is a senior dance major at Point Park University, where she also studies dance management.  She was born in Fort Worth, TX, in 1992 and was adopted a month later by Brian and Helen.  The family lived in Namibia in southern Africa from 1995-97, but has lived predominantly in Ohio.

Wait ’til you see Kayla dance!!!

Here is Kayla dancing in a piece this fall – her senior year in college:

Kayla choreographed for her high school, selecting girls for their first featured roles:

In this video, Kayla performs her unique anti-lyrical piece for a college audition:

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Gifts to the World by Marisha Castle



Marisha writes and performs singer/songwriter, pop, and acoustic music with her guitar and piano. She is currently working on her first demo CD with a music producer.  She has performed in Los Angeles at clubs such as Parlor on Melrose and Eleven Nightclub.

A graduate and B.F.A holder of the University of Oklahoma’s Musical Theatre Department, Marisha has been trained in many vocal styles, dance, and acting.  Her resume includes many musicals, such as Miss Saigon, Rent, and Chicago; plays like Joy Luck Club and A Piece of My Heart; screen work such as the lead in a short film All the Little Girls; and music videos. She has representation across the board in L.A, where she currently resides.

The singer/songwriter passion drives Marisha to work hard at her dreams. Through self-examination, which includes understanding her adoption, she has been able to delve into all aspects of herself and use it to create her art in many forms. She wrote this song, “Save Me,” over a year ago and has provided a snippet of it for us to enjoy. Her songwriting truly is her diary and her lyrics really express what she is going through–raw and with honesty. She is so excited to share this with our blog supporters and to be among the other talent that is being represented in the showcase!

Note from Luanne:  Marisha provided this short video ” Save Me,” and we were going to post it with a video from a club performance.  But with a mom’s privilege I begged her at the last minute to record another song just for us without background club noise.

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In costume for a music video

Adoptions of five children finalized in Kalamazoo as part of Adoption Day in Michigan (photo gallery, video) |

Adoptions of five children finalized in Kalamazoo as part of Adoption Day in Michigan (photo gallery, video) |

Article “Forever Families Finalized” from the Kalamazoo Gazette features Judge Donald R. Halstead, who was the judge who finalized the adoptions of my children.

Judge Halstead with Marc, 1985

Judge Halstead with Marc, 1985

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