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2018: A Year On This Blog | Table of Contents (Posts) | This One is “Sticky” [@ Jan. 5, 2019].

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2018: A Year On This Blog | Table of Contents (Posts) | This One is “Sticky” [@ Jan. 5, 2019]. (short-link ends “-9p3” and under 4,000 words).

This post lists, links to, and thereby publicizes one year’s worth of posts.  It’s an informal TOC.  Links by date only (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4) precede images from my blog administrative dashboard (also organized by quarter) which display the post titles (and every image has captions also with direct links, by date, to each post displayed in the image above). These are found below the “Read More” link below.

  • “STICKY?”

This post is one of 7 Top “Sticky” posts on the blog and for reasons unknown to me displays in Position #1.

To instead go first to the post reading “Welcome To My Blog,” now in Position #2, click the preceding link.  I do not directly control (or understand how WordPress decides) “sticky” post priorities or see how they cannot be manually numbered). You’re reading the one is the most recently added, and its purpose is only to provide links to all posts published in 2018, not to introduce the blog. If you are new to this blog, “Welcome To My Blog” (and/or the Home Page of the blog, for which just type “FamilyCourtMatters.org“) may be a better place to start.

  • WHICH “WELCOME TO MY BLOG” POST? (“I don’t see any post by that title.”)

The post which begins “Welcome To My Blog,” (because I thought it would remain at the very top of the blog but which is now in position #2) is not labeled “Welcome to my Blog,” just starts out with that phrase.  It has a much longer title, reflecting one of my major concerns starting off calendar year 2018:

[FN1] It reads “STILL” because, to tell the truth, this has been a major concern for as many years as I have been blogging and one of the reasons I felt it so urgent to write and publicize this public-interest blog, stay connected where possible with my generation and subsequent generations of people going through it.

If I’d had access to a blog like this, and people willing to address its issues collectively, I likely would have acted differently during my time in family courts which followed quickly upon my having filed for protection from domestic violence with young children still in the home.  I cannot say for sure, because it takes time to recover from years of having been battered and threatened at home, and we all grow with increased experience and understanding over time. But I believe I would’ve known where to hit hard legally, and have obtained the data to back it up, earlier.

Mothers are being sheared like sheep (of ongoing contact with their own children, and of– where some existed — savings, income, and functional work lives) in these systems, many fathers are also being set up (if not incited) to start custody battles beyond those kinds of fathers who might naturally do so to “get even” or just reduce child support obligations.

There are SYSTEM components to why it continues to take place, not only personal or psychological ones.

Speaking of the domestic flock analogies and other things that happen to such animals:

Some people, including at times responding officers, have been literally slaughtered by the other parent in the process of attempting to escape potentially lethal and obviously dangerous relationships, while the family court overseers continue to peddle more mental health-based, “intervention” programming focused on behavioral modification. I call this “roadkill” in part because some incidents literally have occurred and victims been left on the road, and because the press often treats it as accidental, or an opportunity to call for more of the programs which didn’t prevent it in the first place.


  • “POSTS?

I said “posts” because there are also pages and I added some this past year.  Usually, I’ll add a post to call attention to any new page, as I did on March 29, 2018.

I often begin posts explaining what inspired them, showing “angle of approach.” If the posts take long enough to be completed, as I continue researching and interacting with others between, a few different angles of approach often develop.

While having a Table of Contents hardly needs an justification, I still have this time (for this post) two parallel introductions, with two different reasons for my working to get this TOC out informally (=quickly). Neither introduction is more important than the other, so I’m delivering them both, after which this TOC gets to the actual links to posts faster than TOCs from other years. Compiled in about a day and a half only.

I may come back alter and add “tags” or otherwise embellish, but for now, this post lists and publicizes one year’s worth of posts, with as usual, significant personal time and energy put into on each one.

Here’s the layout:  INTRO I, INTRO II (both brief), then:

  • First, one chrono listing with each post’s dates & links (12 months worth but still shown by quarters),
  • Then, below the “click-to-read-more” link, four mage galleries with the full titles and same links to every single post shown in the captions, one gallery per quarter.  These are screenshots from the blogger’s admin dashboard with some color annotations (color-coded and labeled in part to help me keep which image went where while posting).  They grab some (not all) of the tags, if any, for each post.  Each image gallery has its own section title. It’s a messier format than you’d find in a book, or annual financial report, but still gets the job done.**
  • Occasionally (so far, twice) a short, fine-print “Blogger Status During This Quarter.“***
**(Most books, even self-published ones, have something I don’t — editors, and publishers, maybe even proofreaders or copyeditors too, and, depending on the business plan, the prospect of sales further down the road justifying the layout of either expense, or time, or both).
***Because I was a blogger in motion (personal relocation) this year, I included brief, fine-print notes in the respective quarters about that. I felt it reasonable to let people know why there are fewer posts this year and may continue to be in the near future as well. I’m “playing it by ear” as to how long to keep writing on this platform.

INTRODUCTION I – Why a TOC Like This?

I’m putting out this informal (image-based + quick-links) Table of Contents now rather than a larger, more thoroughly polished one weeks later because I want to communicate sooner on other platforms, like Twitter, and to a few people who’ve shown an interest in my approach to Family Court Matters, and because the topics I posted on recently keep coming up in that context.  

Some of these topics relate to legislation or (for example) resolutions either just passed, or are under consideration (US, UK, possibly also Canada) due to affect custody, divorce, parenting, child support, and personal safety after domestic violence or child abuse.  
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