I just tell myself: This is part one. Agonizing even over what I can say on Rui’s birthday has plagued me for some time. It sets me an un-meetable deadline every year, along with the anniversary of his abduction in the middle of June. The pressure to speak wisely and feelingly builds, but the truth … More Remember, Remember, Sixteenth of November
<Below these notes of mine is a story from today’s Yomiuri Shimbun. In it, the Japanese newspaper reports that an American father has been ordered by Japan’s new Hague court to return his child to Japan where the mother resides. > The Hague Convention does exactly for Japan what it says it should; but does … More Japan and the Results of the Hague Convention, 2014: A second child returned to Japan without protection.
“… and with the melancholy awareness of someone whose most poignant moment of existence has been turned into an infinitely reproducible object, he remarked that the boy “will never be able to get over it. He’ll spend the rest of his life staring into the distance, wondering what they’ve done to him.” ¹ Rui, today … More Fatherless Day 2014
“The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.” —Samuel Beckett