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June 24, 2006: Estrangement in the News

  1. From Guardian Unlimited: Wimbledon the missing peace in a tumultous life story by Donald McRae, Tuesday June 20, 2006
  2. From the NY Times: Winning Over Fans Is New Challenge for Henin - Hardenne by Christopher Clarey, June 24, 2006
  3. From PE.com: June 24, 2006 No Stopping Him: Martin has traveled long, hard road to become football all-star by Jerry Soifer
  4. From Philly.com: Stu Bykofsky | Lessons recalled on Father's Day in Florida, June 22, 2006
  5. From Empiremovies.com: Movie Synopsis: Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
  6. From the Boston Globe online at boston.com: Taste test: The art collections of two very different brothers are contrasted in one wonderful show By Cate McQuaid, Globe Correspondent, June 23, 2006
  7. From the Daily Mail, UK: Fury of the Aids avenger by KATHRYN KNIGHT and NEIL SEARS, Daily Mail 10:06am 24th June 2006

Postsecret's Frank Warren in Reading, PA, June 17, 2006

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Frank Warren, June 17, at the Reading Public Museum

I had the great pleasure of meeting and photographing Frank Warren of Postsecret when he came to the Reading Public Museum in Reading, PA on Saturday, June 17, for the opening day of an exhibit of a selection of the Postsecret postcards. The exhibit will run until October 8 and he will be back at the museum in the fall for a book signing.

I was fascinated by seeing the actual postcards. The real life sizes and the handmade nature. Being able to see both sides of some. The creativity in deciding how to express each secret. A few of the secrets made me shudder.

The exhibit was mentioned briefly on the Postsecret website. I don't know why it isn't mentioned there now but it is mentioned on the Reading Public Museum site. So if you're in Pennsylvania in the vicinity of Reading, you might want to visit. The other exhibits where the postcards have been shown were in the Alexandria, Virginia area.


Q.: What helps? A.: Saying the Serenity Prayer

Dear God,
Grant me the serenity to accept what can't be changed, the courage to change what I can change, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Amen.

Regardless of someone's personal religious beliefs, learning the wisdom in this prayer can help when life isn't going the way that you had hoped. I say the Serenity Prayer frequently because it helps me a lot. Those who know me know that I don't go to church, am not a fan of organized religion, and have referred to myself as an atheist and that I've felt this way since I was a teenager. Yet I say this prayer and it helps me.

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June 15, 2006: Mentions of fathers & estrangements in blogs

In honor of the upcoming Father's Day and in keeping with the theme of this blog and the estrangements.com website, here are links to recent mentions of fathers and estrangements in blogs:

  1. Father's Day Irony
  2. Three Poems For My Father

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  4. ARRRRGH I HATE FATHERS!!!
  5. Gay son's betrayal tale
  6. Looking for a father’s love

  7. I could hold back the tide with my dad by my side ...
  8. Bitterness is a poison we drink hoping that some one else will die.


June 15, 2006: Estrangement in the News

  1. From MetroWeekly.com: Worth Fighting For: A Town Square Opinion
  2. A family book By Megan Reynolds. On only children.
  3. From iVillage.com: Taylor Hicks' Secret Childhood Tragedy. On an American Idol's childhood.
  4. From New Jersey Jewish News.com (njjn.com): Newark-born author raises moral questions: Book Review by Jack Fischel
  5. From Eurweb.com: THE MO'KELLY REPORT: Billy Preston's Sister, Lettie, Tells the Family's Side

 


The Dialectizer & Harry Browne "Gift for My Daughter"

For a change of mood go here: Dialectizer's Redneck version of the online article, Gift for my Daughter by Harry Browne, and press the Dialectize button. Try the Cockney version and the Jive version and the Elmer Fudd version .... And then whatever other url or text you'd like to try the Dialectizer on.

Link to original Harry Browne article without being dialectized: Gift for my Daughter,


June 9, 2006: A search for "estrangement" & "alienation" in the news

  1. From MiamiHerald.com: Casting fear aside, he told his story BY ROBERTO SANTIAGO
  2. From TheState.com, South Carolina's Home Page: Kids, divorce and alienation By KATHLEEN PARKER, Orlando Sentinel
  3. From PRleap.com: Parental Alienation Awareness Launches Father's Day Awareness Campaign
  4. On Yahoo!: Parental Alienation Awareness Day 2006 a Success Worldwide

The Bottom Line - Part 4 of 4

Part 4 of 4: The Bottom Line:

The bottom line is I loved my daughter. I have done many things to prove my love, all of which have been discounted by her and counted for nothing.

This fourth part of this history is about that estrangement from my ex and then the estrangement from my daughter. In 1995, ten years after the estrangement from my ex, my daughter estranged herself from me, an estrangement that I have talked about online from its beginning.

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The End of the Line - 1984. Part 3 of 4

Part 3 of 4: The End of the Line for the Marriage: 1984

In January of 1984 I realized that I HAD to leave him. I didn’t want to hurt him any more. He begged me to stay. I knew that I had to get on with my life. I didn’t leave him for anyone else. I left him because I knew that we weren’t right for each other and that the pain was going to continue. I left him because my friend had died in an unhappy marriage and I wasn’t going to die in an unhappy marriage if I could help it. I would die alone if necessary but not in an unhappy marriage. I left.

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Estrangements in the News, June 3, 2006

  1. From Berkshire Eagle.com: "A house of Clarks divided: New Exhibit Puts Family Rivalry on Display" by Charles Bonenti, Berkshire Eagles Staff.
  2. From American Heritage.com: The Madness of Mary Lincoln by Jason Emerson. (Letters by Mary Lincoln are found in an old trunk. The letters reveal details about her confinement in an asylum and the estrangement from her son, Robert.)
  3. From Worcester, Mass. telegram.com: Drunk driving report, arrest divides family. (Woman's call to police about drunk driving ends up with driver arrested and estrangement from her daughter and grandson.)

Difficult Choices - Part 2 of 4

Part 2 of 4: On marriage and trying to make it work.

An aspect of the marriage that I loved was that of being her mother. I enjoyed knowing her, seeing her grow, just knowing her. She thinks now that i wanted her to be like me. Not true. If she was like me, that would have been okay but being unlike me was as okay as being like me. When she was older, she became a musician for a time. Guess what I am not good at? I have no ability when it comes to playing an instrument. Was that okay with me that she was interested in pursuing music? A hearty YES is the answer! Oddly enough my own parents had wanted me to play an instrument, the piano, which I had resisted vigorously.

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