7.17.2018

Film review: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ worth the watch, raises key questions



I was in college when I first read about the triplets who’d been separated at birth and then suddenly found one another at age 19. The newspaper article captivated me. At the time, I happened to be on my own quest to access my birth records, having recently visited the Cleveland agency through which I had been adopted.
Decades later, I attended a talk given by sisters Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein. They are twins who also first met one another as young adults, and were adopted in the 1960s through the same New York adoption agency as the reunited triplets.
As both an adoptee and mother of identical twins, I read and reread their book Identical Strangers with great interest.
So, of course I was intrigued when I learned of a new film about the triplets, Three Identical Strangers, and rushed to see it at my local theater when it opened this July. The film is both captivating and disturbing — especially if your life has been touched by adoption.
Do yourself a favor and read as little as possible about the story before seeing the film. But make sure you see it if you have the opportunity. (It’ll probably wind up on Hulu or CNN once it makes the rounds in theaters.)
It will leave you pondering all sorts of questions. As I left the theater, I thought about what traits I inherited from my birth parents, how my upbringing by my parents shaped me as a person and what attracts us to people who remind us of ourselves. I was struck by how scientific study, 50 years ago, managed to cross ethical lines that would never be considered acceptable today.
Three Identical Strangers won a Special Jury Award for Storytelling at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and was screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival (Adoption Network Cleveland was the community partner). Like any well-told documentary, the film raises more questions than it answers.
And that’s what makes it so thought-provoking.
Susan Saltzman is an adoptee and a charter member of Adoption Network Cleveland.

11.15.2016

SToNZ Arm Cuff Party

A SToNZ bracelet collector just sent me this photo of her cuff collection.
Pretty soon she's gonna need a bigger arm!


NASTY





Are you are Nasty Woman?
Say it loud and proud with this simple cuff bracelet.
For each Nasty bracelet sold SToNZ will donate $20 to Planned Parenthood in your honor.
























11.14.2016

Custom Stamped Sterling Bracelets - What would yours say?

Just finished this custom set of three hand stamped sterling cuffs. 
SEMPER FIDELIS
• CARPE DIEM
• WELL BEHAVED WOMEN RARELY MAKE HISTORY

What would yours say?



11.04.2016

Believeland

Proud of our
Indians. They gave it their all and we love them.

10.17.2016

This Too Shall Pass

My sterling silver hand stamped This Too Shall Pass bracelets...still a SToNZ best seller.
Especially pertinent with the election looming, I think.
Also available in Spanish. (And in Hebrew by special order.)
גם זה יעבור
It is said that King Solomon was feeling blue so he asked his advisers to find him a ring he had seen in a dream.
"When I feel satisfied I’m afraid that it won’t last. And when I don’t, I am afraid my sorrow will go on forever. Find me the ring that will ease my suffering." Eventually an adviser met an old jeweler who carved into a simple gold band the Hebrew inscription "gam zeh ya’avor" – "this too shall pass." The adviser said, "Wear this ring always. Whatever happens, before you call it good or bad, touch this ring and read the inscription. That way, you will always be at peace." When the king received his ring and read the inscription his sorrows turned to joy and his joy to sorrows, and then both gave way to equanimity.

10.14.2016

More fun with Lake Erie beach stones and silver tube rivets

Hot off the bench.















10.13.2016

Beach Stones with Silver Linings

Still one of my most popular items, I continue to hone my skills at tube riveting Lake Erie beach stones.
These are some of my latest designs. Click on the images to take you to the SToNZ store to see if they are still available.

Post back earrings


Quadruple chain necklace


Tiffany chain bracelet updated


Simple stone necklace


Not your typical Pandora bracelet