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LM Blog Tour: Peter’s Cross Station

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Literary Mama's E-zine editor Shannon L. C. Cate's blog, Peter's Cross Station, chronicles what it is like to be a "life-partnered, over-educated, tea-not-coffee-drinking lesbian co-parenting the planet's cutest child," and to live in a "a queer interracial family in the times of George W. Bush". Blog fans may recognize her as the voice behind "Waiting for Nat" (Nat has since arrived and is now 18 months old). Cate weaves together the personal and the political, writing one moment about her daughter's love of language and another about the importance of getting a passport for Nat:

See, none of the three people in our legal family share a last name and the parents and child don't share a race, and the parents have no legal marriage status. But once we have a photo id for Nat we can cobble together our photo ids, Nat's photo id, Nat's birth certificate, our adoption decree and...voila! Proof that we all belong to each other for sure. So Nat can't get snatched by crazy Oklahomans claiming we aren't really her parents or whatall.

Cate also features photos of her gorgeous daughter Nat (aka She Who Must be Adored) that make one's heart simply melt.


Jen Lawrence is an MBA and former banker who left the world of finance for the world of sippy cups and goldfish crackers. She writes about her experiences on her blog MUBAR (Mothered Up Beyond All Recognition). She is an Editorial Assistant for Literary Mama’s Reviews section and also contributes to the Literary Mama blog. Her work has appeared in The Philosophical Mother. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two children.


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