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Estrangement in the News, March 8, 2008

1. Man starves himself to death in treehouse
By Harry de Quetteville in Berlin. February 26, 2008
Quote from article: "By his body was a chronicle of the 24 days he spent there before he died, in which he wrote of his pain at the break-up of his marriage, his estrangement from his daughter and his long-term unemployment."
2. Charlie Otero: Life After Death, Feb 21, 2008
Quote from article: "This coming Monday, February 25 marks the 3rd anniversary of the arrest of Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer. But it also marks a new beginning for one of those most affected by BTK's crimes.
Charlie Otero will spend the anniversary night watching a documentary about what he and others went through."
3. New Zealand: Woman buried after body-snatching drama, March 7, 2008
Quote from article: "A 76-year-old New Zealand woman was buried on Friday after a drama in which her body was snatched from a hearse by estranged family members who wanted her interred elsewhere, news reports said."
4. The Expositor: Search for blood ties not always happy for one-time residents of maternity home. Posted By Lois Legge
5. Farm Families Challenged to Deal with Emotional Side of Farm Transfers, Fri, 02/29/2008. Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade, Special Sections Editor, Lancaster Farming.
6. Blood Ties, February 29, 2008 Nigel Nicholson is professor of organisational behaviour at LBS. His latest book, Family Wars: Classic conflicts in family business and how to deal with them, written with Grant Gordon, is published this month by Kogan Page. Quote by Nigel Nicholson in Blood Ties: "For our book Family Wars, I and Grant Gordon (director general of the UK's Institute for Family Business) analysed 24 case histories worldwide, looking at some of the highest-profile family conflicts of recent times. We wanted to see what common themes they exhibited, and what lessons might be learned.
They are an enthralling mix. There are awesome melodramas of skulduggery, double-cross, relentless vengeance and, in one case (the Gucci saga), even a hitman. Then there are more mundane but equally depressing stories - where families lock themselves into positions of increasing entrenchment."
7. Group helps heal wounds of child estrangement, March 5, 2008
Quote from article: "H.E.R. promises no happily-ever-after outcomes. Ms. Gray has accepted that she may never have a relationship with her daughter. But she said the support group helps her be a better mother to a younger adult daughter."

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Mummies in the news! - tragicomic news item

My original title for this snippet, "Mummies in the news!", made me squeamish but I went ahead and used it anyway. For those who are connected in real life to this sort of story, it must be anything but funny. It's the sort of story that is funny if it is fiction and on Monty Python. But not so funny if it is you or your mother  who ends up mummified on a couch for years and the subject of international news.

On Spain: Home Buyer Finds Mummifed Guest, May 16, 2007

Reminds me of what happened with Laura Schlessinger's mum: On Smoking Gun

And then there was the mother at the Bates Motel in Psycho.

How isolated some people become! Not to be noticed as not among the living for months or years? Sitting mummified on a couch for years? Years?

Ginny (who hopes that it is a comfortable couch if I have to sit there for years!)
With apologies to those who find this wildly inappropriate

Pass the ketchup but no thanks on the testosterone!

I love Scott Adams. There I said it. I love the guy. Today he posted a link to a study about the reactions of some people to angry faces.
High-testosterone people reinforced by other's anger new study finds, March 14, 2007 - on the University of Michigan website.
Which reminds me instantly of one of my mother's brothers and his love of teasing. And my mother's warped sense of humor where she excuses outrageous behavior in the name of joking. Until now I never would have thought of her as having high testosterone. Otherwise she was a wuss.
Scott Adams talks about the implications of this study in this post: This Explains Everything.
Now I am going to go and build a thatch hut for Scott Adams.

Ginny (who, until now, never realized that she had escaped the family testosterone curse.)

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 June 24, 2006 No Stopping Him: Martin has traveled long, hard road to become football all-star by Jerry Soifer
  4. From Stu Bykofsky | Lessons recalled on Father's Day in Florida, June 22, 2006
  5. From Movie Synopsis: Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
  6. From the Boston Globe online at 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

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.

June 15, 2006: Estrangement in the News

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


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

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

Estrangements in the News, June 3, 2006

  1. From Berkshire "A house of Clarks divided: New Exhibit Puts Family Rivalry on Display" by Charles Bonenti, Berkshire Eagles Staff.
  2. From American 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. 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.)

May 26, 2006: Estrangement in the News

  1. From Point Foundation grants scholarships to 30 LGBT students
  2. From the ObservorGuardian, UK: 'I'd have stopped my son killing'
  4. From DoghouseBoxing: Rocky 6 Movie Update (Note: The movie seems to have taken a page from the Clint Eastwood movie: Million Dollar Baby in incorporating familial estrangement.)
  5. From ChristianityToday: Confessions of a Compulsive Eater: When the urge for food becomes overwhelming By Cynthia S.

May 15: Estrangement in the News

Unclaimed Corpses Crowd LA County Morgue

"One of the things we've always tried to do is give families back a body," Harvey said, adding that some bodies have been at the morgue for nine months. "But when we're looking for families, we find that today we're not always dealing with the Ozzie-and-Harriet close-knit families. Families are often estranged."

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne was reconciled with her family in 2004.
On Biography of Roseanne
On, multiple page article: God and Man in Beverly Hills by Evgenia Peretz

Quote from page 2 of the Vanity Fair article:

After a few years of hard work with Yardeni, Barr became kind of … decent. "All my relationships and everything were pretty well damaged by my bad behavior," says Barr. "I was able to turn around and heal because of the fact that I could find a quiet space inside my mind and get rid of my fear and feel love… . I had an estranged family—we didn't speak for 15 years. Now I have a wonderful relationship with my mother and my siblings and with my children and with everyone that I have relationships with. I don't get high off getting angry anymore."

May 2: Estrangements in the News

  1. Kit Culkin: The Official Website Father of Macauley Culkin. Estranged from his children. Site includes blog and forum. To read complete entries, pdf downloads are available.
  2. EOnline: Lindsay Lohan Disses Dad by Josh Grossberg Mar 3, 2005
  3. Halle Berry: On
  4. Alicia Keys mends fragile relationship with estranged father On
  5. On Wisconsin Editorials: DAILY JEFFERSON COUNTY UNION, Fort Atkinson. May 1, 2006 On the conviction of Derek Anderson for the murder of his estranged father.
  6. On "Angelina Jolie Is A 'Messed Up Chick' No More. Good for her..." By: Lowri Williams on 4/27/2006
  7. On ID theft victim’s dream finally taking flight By ASHLEY SMITH, Telegraph Staff Published: Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2006. Son is victim of identity theft perpetrated by his estranged father.

More Estrangements in the News, April 2006

  1. Monsters and, April 27: Book Review: Double Lives by Richard Lingeman A book about great literary friendships, some of which ended in estrangements.
  2., April 27: A psychological treasure hunt' BY JUDITH S. GILLIES, Washington Post Service. Stardust: The Bette Davis Story, a documentary that will appear on TCM. Bette Davis and her daughter had been estranged for several years at the time of Bette Davis's death.
  3. LA & TV, April 26: VAMP TO CAMP BY ROBERT ABELE. In TCM’s new Bette Davis biodoc, Stardust: The Bette Davis Story, the fierce icon makes a comeback.
  4. USA TODAY, April 23: Deep Inside Deep Throat By Bob Minzesheimer. Review of "A G-Man's Life" by Mark Felt and John O'Connor, the Felt family lawyer. Mark Felt was revealed in an article last year in Vanity Fair to be the "Deep Throat" of Watergate fame. One of the personal stories told in the book is about his estrangement and reconcilation with his daughter.

Estrangements in the News, April 2006

  1. Forward: Stolen Paintings Fueling Family Conflict By MARILYN HENRY April 21, 2006
  2. The Canadian Jewish News, April 21: "Layton’s daughter recalls belated reunion with mythic father" By JANICE ARNOLD.
  3. News Telegraph: Her dark materials By Olga Craig (Filed: 16/04/2006). Interview with Abigail Hopkins, 37 year old estranged daughter of the actor Sir Anthony Hopkins.
  4. Unison: "Just ditch those difficult parents." Tuesday April 18th 2006. Interview with Dr. Laura, radio talk show personality and author of Bad Childhood, Good Life. Registration required to read article but registration is free.

OT: Just this amazing story ...

Months ago I read about this young guy in England who decided to earn tuition money by selling pixels on his home page. It's just a wonderful story of marketing and technology and money and ... It's just amazing. If you've never heard of it, it is such a neat story. So here is the link for his home page: Million Dollar Home Page

The page will take a while to load in unless you have a fast connection. But be sure to visit his blog that is linked at the top of the page. It will tell the whole story.

Yes. I know. This has nothing to do with estrangement.


Estrangements in the News

Dear Annie. Scroll down in the page accessed from this link to a cautionary tale on false memories and inaccurate perceptions.

Woman threw herself between child and attacker. Vancouver Sun, February 1, 2006 Story of people in Canada given awards for heroism including that of a woman who heroically saved a 5 year old child from a violent attack by the child's estranged mother. Monique Wong, the heroine, is a citizen of China and, ironically is being asked to leave Canada by Immigration as she is not a citizen.

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Two stories in the news: one tragic, one delightful

Five Found Dead in Related Shootings, October 26, 2005
I'm wondering what the rest of the story will be. This may be one of those cases where a quiet estrangement would have been preferable.
Note added later: Here's another link with more info: Va. Man Who Killed 4 Had Mental Problems from ABC News

But on a different note, a happy story that isn't brand new but is new to me as a dear online friend shared it with me today. This story had its beginnings around Christmastime in 2004:
A Hippo and Tortoise Tale by Jennifer Ludden

Solid citizen, father, engineer, and crack smoking bank robber!

63-year-old bank robber raised his sons right. So they turned him in. By Ted Gregory, Tribune staff reporter. Published November 18, 2005

One more of those stories that fascinate me. The kind where the downright upright solid citizen has a secret side that almost no one knows about and one day his sons wake up and discover that their father is a philandering crack smoking bank robber! At least two of them stop talking to him ... after they turn him in.