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Samantha Hines lives with her family in Newport, RI, and is a high school English teacher (twenty-four years and running). In the last several years, she has published in ADDitude and Adoptive Families magazines; and her blog, My Three Sons, was named by Adoptive Families as one of the Top Twenty Adoption Blogs on the internet. She is also the author of "Different Drummer," a blog about her son who was recently diagnosed with ADHD. In September 2012, she began her Ph.D. in Humanities at Salve Regina University. You can follow My Three Sons on Facebook and her blog at

Allowed to Choose

(This post was originally published on Dec 5, 2012.) “Your children are not your children. They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, […]

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writing essentials

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”    –Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own Our house is small—by 21st-century standards, I suppose.  At just 1,500 square feet, it currently houses a family of five, two dogs, a cat, 14 bookshelves, and the copious mementos of our lives.  To […]

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His, Ours, and the World’s

I have reserved the word miracle for very few events, very few occasions.  In fact, I think I can count on one hand the number of times I have used it in earnest, when what I was describing, living, truly rose to the level proffered by the word–or at least the intent of it. We […]

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