This blog is the property of Robert Mulkey and is directly related to his first book, This is My Lemonade–An Adoption Story. The blog discusses his experiences with as he pursues relationships with his biological family and attempts to embrace his ethnic heritage.
Robert Mulkey was born in Silverton, Oregon and grew up in the mid-Willamette Valley. He attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, graduating with a BS in Sociology and a minor in Geography. His writing career started in high school and continued into college.
Mulkey’s professional background stretches over thirty years and includes communications and management experience in retail trade, transportation, logistics, real estate, cable television.
Upon graduation, writing took a back seat to economic issues however he contributed writing, editing and research for such organizations as BestPlaces.net, International Facilities Management Association, Western Economic Research and the Oregon Secretary of State. He wrote two technical journals—Population Trends in Oregon and Population Trends in California and has been published in The Oregonian.
Mulkey’s first book, This is My Lemonade—An Adoption Story is the result of a lifelong search for identity, acceptance and validation. The book is unique in that it traces the journey of an adult adoptee over a literal lifetime as he juggles two families and two identities. The search took Mulkey from a comfortable, average life in suburban Salem, Oregon to an international experience in Italy where he met his father’s family. Lemonade was inspired by family, friends and strangers who were fascinated by the unusual circumstances of Mulkey’s adoption and encouraged him to write a book about his experience.
Mulkey has recently returned from Alba Adriatica, Italy where he embraced his heritage, learned Italian and strengthened ties with the extended family on his father’s side. While living in Europe, he traveled to Lviv, Ukraine and Krakow, Poland to research his biological mother’s side of the family for a partner book to Lemonade.