“Adoption—reconnecting with the lost” —Judith Land, author & adoptee

My very talented mother-in-law Grace O. Ronningen composed this poem when she was eighteen years old. She received a national award for her poetry, and many of her poems were published. Her poem ‘Campfire Glow’ conveys a message to those hoping to reconnect with their lost in the afterlife. I dedicate this poem to birth mothers who grieve, and their orphaned, fostered, and adopted children, whom when grown, think of their birth parents with growing wisdom, and in the spirit of forgiveness.

Judith Land | Adoption Detective | Celebrity Adoptees

Award-winning Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona, is where nature, art and culture connect. Named one of the World’s Great Botanical Gardens by National Geographic Traveler, this oasis in the desert offers a respite from the hectic pace of daily life, provides an informative look at interesting flora and fauna, and fascinating cultural traditions. It is the perfect setting for enjoying nature and quietly contemplating reconnecting with our lost.

Campfire Glow

I want to die like a campfire.

I want my last hours to burn with a love for life

That will make people want to warm their hands at its glow.

I want my soul to rise straight to You.

Like a fire’s smoke on a windless night.

by Grace O. Ronningen


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About Judith Land

Judith Land lives in Colorado and Arizona with husband and coauthor Martin Land. Judith is a former nurse, retail shop owner, college instructor and avid outdoor person. Her book "Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child" is a true story detailing the journey of Judith Romano, foster child and adoptee, as she discovers fragments of her background, and then sets out to solve the mystery as an adult. She has reached readers in 192 countries. "Mothers and fathers everywhere in the world need to understand that children are forever and always." --Judith Land
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