Tag Archives: family dynamics

The Family of Nations

The family of nations is a phrase often used, but ignored in its essential usefulness. We use it as a parallel pretense to our cultural “agreement” that families are functional social units. A brief look inward combined with a neighborly glance around tells us clearly that is not as true as we would like it […]

The Familiar vs. the Foreign (#1)

“Would we really know ourselves?”  That line is from a long poem I began writing many years ago. The question remains. Most of us live our lives in a construct I call a story line, built out of experiences, selectively remembered and reconfigured to help us make sense out our lives, to help us determine […]

Ouch!

We live our days and nights, our work and loves and friendships on a very crowded subway without seats. If we cannot distinguish an accidental stepping on our toes from a deliberate kick in the groin then we are in for a world of torment and trouble. But beyond that simple reality is another. Some […]

Personal Identity: We are always of a “type”

In this particular culture at this particular time most of us invest a tremendous amount of energy and time trying to become whoever we think we are supposed to become. Supposed to become because that’s what our parents, friends, family, wives, husbands or sons and daughters want us to be; and/or because we think we […]

A line in the Sand

“A line in the sand is, metaphorically, a point beyond which no further advance will be accepted or made.”  That according to Wickipedia, and probably all other phraseology references. I would like to take a closer look at that notion. Certainly the historical attributes all come from a time when there was more sand than […]