Archive for February, 2012

In Guatemala

Friday, February 24th, 2012

If anyone’s looking for me, I’m in Guatemala, cherishing the visit. More when I return. ~


Pollo Campero in India

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Tim was invited to give a series of lectures in India, and lucky me, I get to tag along. (My two sisters and a family friend are holding down the fort back home, taking excellent care of Mateo and Olivia. Thanks y’all! xoxo)

Anyway, yesterday as we walked back to our hotel in New Delhi after an afternoon of sightseeing, what did I spy but the distinctive yellow logo of Guatemala’s own Pollo Campero. I’m happy to report the place was packed with satisfied customers chowing down on the world’s best fried chicken, halfway around the globe.

I’ll try to post more pictures while we’re here, but I’m not sure of my computer access. One of these days I’ll join the 21st century and figure out all-internet-access-all-the-time, but for now I’m relying on the kindness of shared computers in hotel business centers.

In the meantime, long live Pollo Campero! ~


Missouri adoption case in the news

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

I’ve posted here and here about the Missouri case involving a boy who was placed for adoption when his Guatemalan mother was jailed during a raid on her place of employment. Last night, a segment on the caseĀ aired on ABC News with Diane Sawyer; yesterday, an article titled Adoption Battle over 5-Year-Old Boy Pits Missouri Couple Vs. Illegal Immigrant ran in Hispanically Speaking News.

The case will go to trial with a different judge on February 28, 2012.

This situation points to only one of the many complexities faced by people who enter this country without documentation. From Hispanically Speaking News:

Without any policies in place to regulate the care of U.S. citizen children while their parents are detained, immigrant parents are unable to attend court hearings, contact caseworkers, complete parenting classes or take any of the necessary steps to meet the strict timelines dictated by juvenile courts.

On one level or another, everyone involved in this case has suffered, and may well bear scars from it for years to come.