Sunday, August 28, 2005

Chilling Reality

I wrote this back in the beginning of May [2005], the day after my daughter's attemped abduction. Since then, I have noticed so many stories in the news media about abduction. I don't know if it is happening more, or if I am just noticing it more, because of what happened to us. I would welcome any insights.

It was the hallmark event for an extremely tumultuous month, where I hung on for dear life, and thankfully made it through a much stronger person. I posted it back then on live journal, but I thought I would put it here. It stands as a reminder of the reality of this situation, and the war that is underway.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Thoughts On The Meaning of Family

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

In the wake of my Declaration of Independence from my family of origin, I have been faced with the question of just what defines the nature of the family.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines family this way:

Family

1. A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.
2. Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place.
a. All the members of a household under one roof.
b. A group of persons sharing common ancestry.
c. Lineage, especially distinguished lineage.
d. A locally independent organized crime unit, as of the Cosa Nostra.
e.
1. A group of like things; a class.
2. A group of individuals derived from a common stock: the family of human beings.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

A Personal Declaration of Independence

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for an individual to dissolve the familial bonds that have connected her to them, and to assume among the peoples of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle her, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that she should declare the causes which impel her to the separation.