Better call Maysie - 9 Cold enough to cut your hair - 19 God fights back - 27 The Australia? - 35 Another kind of memory - 43 The changeling - 51 And the dolphins walked on water - 59 The opposite of Easter - 67 You are an electromagnetic field - 75 Abraham and Isaac went up a hill - 83 Husband, father, painter, paperhanger - 91 Wondering where the lions are - 99 How many times can you change your name? - 107 A cosmological view of time - 115 Hear the cry for home - 123 Oh so lucky - 131 Your limbic brain on relinquishment - 139 Sort of an orphan - 147 Your phantom baby - 155 Clarence Street forever - 163 The snob - 171 The cloth mummy - 179 Spooky action at a distance - 187 Game of statues - 195 Land of light - 203 All reasons, preferably special ones - 209 You are your DNA - 219 Notes about adoption - 225 Notes - 233 Further reading - 235 Acknowledgements - 236 About the author - 238
Barbara Sumner has had a long career in film and television and a journalist. She now runs the film production company Cloud South Pictures with her husband, Tom Burstyn. She has produced three feature documentaries, a number of television commercials and instructional films. In 2009 This Way of Life, their documentary movie about a family living simply in the Ruahine Ranges, won awards at film festivals around the world. In 2020 she is enrolled at the IML at Victoria University. She lives in Napier.