Vashon Feature: November 2003
release only at KotaPress!!
Our own Joan M. McCabe has just released Chapter 6 of her novel Tapestry of Time, and you can only read it here!!! And don't forget to come back next month for Chapter 7!!
For more information about Joan, see www.jmmccabe.com
It empties me to think of it. My veins feel like dry ice runs through them when I let myself imagine a father strangling his daughter...and, here, in our midst.
How does it get so bad for him, between them, that he can let himself rage that far? Of course, he couldn't continue living with that knowledge in his hands.
What pressures in his brain, in his life, collided that night to make him think -- even for a second -- that was the thing to do? How does a man become that desperate?
I hear the agonized musings of family friends who tried to prevent this, never imagining what horror they were pushing against. We are a community of families. We are a family.
When tragedy of this magnitude occurs among us we are frozen -- dry ice in our veins. We can't find a place to put this. And yet, we must. It's real too.
Shauna, in all her beauty, is always a part of us. So is her father. How can we embrace them both, absorb their fullness and move on? Can we possibly ever understand? Perhaps.
Can we forget? Not likely. We don't want to. Can we forgive Tom? Ultimately, that is our grave and weighty task.
We must forgive Tom, embrace his weaknesses as part of us, so that we can be open to practices that prevent others from doing the same.
As long as we see Tom as an 'other' kind of parent, an 'other' kind of man, we live in dangerous denial of that horrific potential for rage that lives inside us all, right there with the passion, the pride and the joy.
Our only healing response to this tragedy is love. We need to practice the kind of love that listens beneath the oblique hardware store greeting. That way we might be able to feed the passion that creates and starve the rage.
Great holiday gift -- for you and the Park District!!
The release of Walks, Trails, and Parks on Vashon Island has benefited Vashon Parks District, and copies are still selling strong!
The book is written by Islanders John H. Gerstle and Susan G. Sullivan. The new guide to Vashon describes a complete circumnavigation of the island on foot; walks around the island’s highways and byways, and descriptions of island parks. The slide show will present Island sights described in the guide.
Walk and park descriptions
are accompanied by some
pictures, history, Indian
names, wildlife, and geology.
All walks include distance
and approximate walking
times, making this a practical
guide as well as an informative
and interesting read.
The book is dedicated to the Vashon Park District, which underwrote its publication, and all proceeds go to the Park District. It is selling for a bargain price of $10.00 and is going fast. Get your copies today at the Vashon Bookshop!!