Gifts to the World by Nina Schidlovsky

Nina Schidlovsky

Photographer & Singer

Photo by McCall Doyle Photography

Nina loves creativity and imagination and tries to incorporate both into her everyday life. Aside from writing, she dabbles in singing, graphic design, card crafting, and is currently diving back into photography. Her favorite things to photograph are animals and nature. As a child she dreamed of being a photographer for National Geographic. Although her life’s goals have changed, she still loves capturing the raw essence that nature has to offer.

Marisha and Luanne love the intense focus Nina brings to nature with her amazing photography.  Nina hints at her romantic nature, as well, in her work.  Nina is engaged to Luke and her photography reflects this happy event.

Nina’s singing has long been a part of her life.  We think you will love her singing as much as her photography.  We’ll start you off with a song by Nina.  01 Songbird,  More of her music can be found here.

Gifts to the World by Polly Robinson



A member of Worcester Writers’ Circle, Worcestershire Literary Festival, Parole Parlate and 42, Polly is delighted to see that A Song for Two Voices will be part of the December Gifts to the World: Art by Adoptees by Don’t We Look Alike.


A Song for Two Voices

‘Like you with your birth mother – times were very different then – dad never saw her again.

‘He had a daughter, that was OK, but his wife went to Australia to get away … The bloke she met adopted the child.

‘She was the one considered ‘wild’ In the UK, before she shot off for ten quid.  Do you think that extreme, just to have a kid?’

‘Women couldn’t have kids unless they were wed.’

‘Christ! That attitude makes me see red!’

‘Mums’ bore the stigma of unwedded birth,

‘The product of love, the cause of sick smirks.’

‘Do not judge, but rather try to understand,

‘Birth mothers could not, would not make a stand.

‘You’ve seen the TV series about long lost families

‘Could you deny having a child? Ha! My lovelies,

‘Times change so quickly, it’s ironic,

‘What went on then, is now almost mythic.’

‘She must miss you even if she is still in denial’

‘Maybe she’s not maternal, simply not loyal,’

‘She thinks of you each year on your birthday,

‘It’s unavoidable, come what may …’

‘But what if she doesn’t?’

Polly Robinson © 2012


This submission by Polly is a wonderful example of using different voices in poetry.  These voices are unadorned and direct.  Readers, like actors speaking lines, interpret them as they read them, bringing their own experiences and emotions to the experience.

Polly’s writing has been published in anthologies such as The Survivor’s Guide to Bedlam (Wrixton & Hirst, 2012); Reflections on a Blue Planet: Earth – Water – Sky (Wrixton, 2012) and Reflections on a Blue Planet: Nature’s Palette (Wrixton, 2012), Ripples: Friends in Verse (Summers, 2012), and Eerie Digest ( April, May, 2012). Two of Polly’s short stories made the final in a recent Fantastic Books Publishing International competition and feature in their e-book Fusion (2012). She started a blog in November 2011: and her first book of poetry Girl’s Got Rhythm was published October 24, 2012.  It’s available from Amazon and Lulu, and also on Kindle.

A freelance writer and specialist in education, Polly spends as much time as possible writing or contemplating writing. She enjoys design work and creates material for those in education who want their programmes to be engaging and student-focused. Polly is a commited member of Rotary International and works with The Worcestershire Literary Festival and 42 supporting the Gothic Horror Halloween ‘round the campfire’ spoken word evenings; the recent ‘Poets in the Mist’ walk on The Malvern Hills and the Worcestershire Literary Festival. The thriving Worcester UK writing community has links to writing friends in the USA, whose work is often featured at events.

Gifts to the World by Juliet Ercolano


Juliet Ercolano, photo taken by a friend

When asked to describe herself, Juliet always answers the same way: “I am a people person.” Now a senior in high school, she plans to study psychology or human services in college so she can become a therapist or counselor to either elderly people or kids who have been adopted trans-racially.  Her favorite pastimes, other than hanging out with friends, are photography, dance and listening to music. Her iPod is running out of room!

Juliet has been accepted to her first choice school–Elon University.  She will be attending Elon next fall.

Last summer, Juliet exhibited her photographs at the School of Creative and Performing Arts’ showcase at the Parsons The New School of Design in New York City, and served as a counselor-in-training for girls ages 9 to 12 at Holt International‘s Adoptee Camp, which brings together several hundred adopted kids each summer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


DWLA loves Juliet’s photography for both its technique and radiant expression of Juliet’s own interest in people, human emotion, dance, art, and music.   She specializes in capturing intense moments of human communication and focus.

A Sampling of Juliet Ercolano’s Photographic Art


Self-Portrait 1

Self-Portrait 2



Best wishes to Juliet Ercolano as she winds down her high school career and moves on to her college experience at Elon University.

She has a bright future ahead of her!

Gifts to the World: Animal Art

DWLA Introduces

Teen Artist Cadence Moffitt

Cadence Wren Moffitt was born in China in March 1998.  She was adopted in October 1998. She lives in Alaska with her mother and sister, where she enjoys volleyball, digital art, and photography.  Cadence also is a writer.  She has been an artist for most of her life.

Marisha and Luanne love Cadi’s bold work.  This piece highlights the wildlife indigenous to Alaska, where she lives.  It’s wonderful how she uses the world right around her for her inspiration.  We are looking forward to seeing Cadi pursue her artistic dreams!

Native Wolf by Cadence Wren Moffitt








We are looking for:

* VISUAL ART–painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, cartoons, scrapbooking, needlework, more (jpg)

* PERFORMANCE ART–singing, dancing, acting , playing a musical instrument, comedy, choreography, directing, musical composition (video link)

* WRITTEN ART–poetry only (Word document)

Art does not have to touch upon the subject of adoption.

This is the time for adoptees to SHARE THEIR TALENTS with others.

Submit to

Videos need to be YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, Flickr, DailyMotion, Viddler,, TED Talks, or Videolog. We will embed onto the blog.

Other than our right to publish your art on this blog, you keep the rights to your artwork. THIS IS NOT A CONTEST OR COMPETITION. It’s a chance to show off your work. Therefore, whether your piece(s) is selected or not is not a reflection on talent, but on other factors, including space.

Adoptee Kristin Chenoweth

Adoptee Faith Hill

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