In response to the
“Should it be man-
datory to give adult
adoptees full access
to their birth records
if they want it?”
Debate goes on
NO. I think health records should be available, but names should not, unless approved
by the birth parent.
YES. Adult adoptees should have access to
their own identity (including parentage
YES. As a birth mom and adoptee I think the
adoptee should be able to have all the information. Medical records are important but
just scratch the surface of what most adoptees
want. I can’t think of any comparison for non-adoptees. Most adults know when, where
and whom they were born to. Adoptees
deserve to know their story—it’s their journey
and they were the only ones who weren’t part
of the decision.
YES. For those who may not be aware, adoptees are four times more likely to attempt suicide. This is not because we feel special and
chosen. It is because we have a permanent
disconnect from our origins.
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of Brando appeared in his book
Conversations with Brando (Rat Press,
2009; not available at Costco).
10 Days on Brando’s Island
My grandmother, Ann Kruke, recently
enjoyed a celebratory Polish sausage on her
102nd birthday at the Costco in Glendale,
Arizona. Her birthday is November 1, and
every year she has two questions: Who’s coming, and when are we going to Costco for a hot
dog? I want to nominate her as the oldest living human being to finish the Costco Polish
sausage, and, yes, she ate the whole thing (with
Book ‘em, Costco
I love the book gift guide in The Costco
Connection. In the age of technology it is
important we keep literacy under the tree.
Mikey Sadowski @MikeySadowski
I was so excited and delighted to see Brené
Brown’s article in The Costco Connection
[“The wholehearted path,” September 2015]!
Becoming a mom over 20 years ago
propelled me to choose a holistic lifetyle for
I read with interest “What did you say?”
in the November 2015 issue. Now in my mid-
60s, I have been wearing hearing aids for
some time. I am sure there are many readers
out there who no doubt need hearing assistance. As [author Judith L.] Kanne alluded to
in her article, hearing devices do not replace
one’s own hearing, but they sure do help.
Yankton, South Dakota
I was delighted to see in the November
issue of The Costco Connection that you
acknowledged National Hospice and Pallia-
tive Care Month. However, you inadvertently
helped to perpetuate a common myth: that
hospice is about how you want to spend “the
last days of your life.”
Hospice is actually about how one wants
to spend the six last months of life. A prog-
nosis of six months or less is needed to start
hospice services. It is sad to see so many of
our patients come onto our service when they
only have days to live. We can provide so much
more comfort care to patients who are open to
receiving it much sooner!
Marie F. Piazza
Santa Rosa, California
Gifts of inspiration
Thanks for the inspirational words at the
top of the pages of the Holiday Gift Guide
[Costco Connection, November 2015]. Gifts of
friendship, laughter, gratitude, kindness, sharing and joy are always welcome and meaningful. It is a good time to remember not everyone
is as lucky as we are.
I enjoyed the entire November issue of
The Costco Connection. I particularly love
what is said in the Editor’s letter: “one of the
greatest gifts we can give each other is time
together around a thoughtfully prepared
feast.” Amen, Tim!