Hello all,

It has been a LONG time since I wrote anything on this blog. Of course, it’s not because I have nothing to say on the subject of my dealings with the family court system and my virtual imprisonment by it. Oddly, it was a comment by the rare reader of my blog that motivated me to reset my password and throw some more words onto the screen. This commenter had asked if I was still planning on writing a book about my experiences. I responded, “Absolutely!”

In fact, over the distant holidays back in December, I had actually gotten quite a bit written on the subject and had been able to take a look at what I had written up to this point. As the title of this post attests, I found much of what I had written was CRINGEWORTHY. I cringed at its shrill, self-righteous, self-absorbed tone.

I am sorry for that.

Ultimately, the troublesome tone is very self-defeating to my purposes. The tone of the writing that I read can be off-putting, self-righteous and ironically, self-pitying at the same time. I will make an effort to do better.

I will get the opportunity to “change  my tone” in the next several weeks as I prepare yet another plea and request to my elected representatives. You see, my child support obligations, and thus my bureaucratic incarceration, should be concluding in July of this year. Given my experiences with “the system”, I am going to insist on affirmation of this belief. These are governmental entities that are not to be trusted.

Until then…


Douglas O. Ricketson

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