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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

He Knows

Two days ago he walked through the Providence Children’s Museum, a stomping ground of his if ever there were one, aimlessly, as though he were unsure where to go, what to do. Yesterday morning as I dropped him off for vacation camp, I was allowed only a high-five as we parted for the day—not a […]

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Thirty-five years or more ago, my very sensible and astute grandmother inculcated in me the notion that one should always expect the worst. She reasoned, “If you simply expect the worst, anything better than that is a win.” There is wisdom there—as there was in much of what my grandmother had to say. And though […]

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cooking and a change of heart

It started innocently enough—or, perhaps, more aptly, guiltily enough.  A card-carrying vegetarian, I was a bit of an anomaly among my peers in that preparing meat, watching others eat meat—none of that bothered me.  Walking into our local barbecue joint was actually a feast for my olfactory senses; I just opted not to think about how that […]

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The Creative Child

This is my son, the embodiment of Wilde’s words, the inspiration for so much of what I do.  He is beautiful, bold, a recognizable force of nature.  He doesn’t strive for individuality and creativity; he lives and breathes them.  He wakes up and stands out–without effort, without force.  He intuitively is what we wish everyone […]

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Say Yes

You asked me for the cardboard box. I wanted to say, “It needs to be recycled.” But instead I gave it to you, and you created a castle. You asked me for three plastic bags.  I wanted to say, “Those are for the trash.” But instead I handed them to you, and you made a […]

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