‘Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.’
Jim Rohn

school sweethearts,
passion … love…
my heart …
marriage … children.
gave you all.

aged, you chose
to leave
start with another youth
betrayed … destroyed … angry
you stole my youth too.
Meryl Raw

‘They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.’
Alexander Pope

‘Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one’s own Trojan horse.’
Rebecca West

‘All of the troubles that some people have in life is that which they married into.’
Edgar Watson Howe

‘It is only when we no longer compulsively need someone that we can have a real relationship with them.’
Anthony Storr

‘Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others.’
Eric Hoffer

‘Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.’
Norman Vincent Peale

‘I have no wish to own you
nor to control your mind.
I am saddened with your tears
I want to take away your fearS
And hold you through the storms
as my equal.’
AUTHOR PICTUREGraham Vivian Lancaster

‘We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.’
Henry Ward Beecher

‘What is done to children, they will do to society.’
Karl A Menninger

‘Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.’
Peter Ustinov  

‘It is a weakness of your human nature to hate those whom you have wronged.’
Publius Cornelius Tatitus

Your verbal attack
reveals your secret assault on me.
Third party manipulation
influences your impressionable state of mind.
Embracing the limitations of your gene pool
mists of confusion cloud your rationale.

As the puppeteer lifts his stringed sticks
you dance merrily and mindlessly to his tune.
No victory can be claimed
when family members are blamed
for society’s manipulative tricks
and the pain and hurt that goes with it.

Break the spell that binds you
before you too fall victim to the system.
It scars go deeper than you can imagine.
Awaken from the dream my love
before the nightmare begins.
Linda Smith

‘I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don’t treat me right — shame on you!’
Louis Armstrong

‘The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.’
Clarence Darrow

‘The greatest joy of life is to love and be loved.’
R.D. Clyde

‘An honourable human relationship, that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word love, is a process of deepening the truths they can tell each other. It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation.’
Adrienne Rich

‘Your marriage moves toward a state of isolation. Unless you lovingly and energetically nurture your marriage, you will begin to drift away from your mate.’
Dennis Rainey

‘The family you come from isn’t as important as the family you’re going to have.’
Ring Lardner

It is by living close to a person that his morality is to be known. Then only after a long time, not after a short period; and only by considering that person, not without consideration; and only by one who is wise, not by a fool.
It is by associating with a person that his clarity is to be known.It is in adversity that a person’s fortitude is to be known.
It is by discussion with a person that his wisdom is to be known and then only after a long time, not after a short period.’