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*Only by embracing what we fear can we truly know our self* In Darkness and in Silence words illuminate my path* Give me high granite walls, juniper and ash trees, dirt on my hiking boots, and the air at 10,000 feet*


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All the rough drafts on this site have been left here as a guide for new authors.  The hope is that by showing the process an author goes through before reaching a finished product it will help them with their own future projects. 

Ken Connelly (KC) is a speaker, educator and author.

Ken Connelly is an Author, Speaker and Educator on child abduction and neglect.  His specific area is parental child abduction.  Ken has spoken before the Texas and Florida State Legislation, law enforcement agencies, and child protective services.  He has lobbied and worked with U.S. legislators, to help raise awareness and end domestic and international parental child abduction.  He has testified as an expert witness and His involvement with BACHome (Bring Abducted Children Home, Center for the Missing and other organizations has helped put a face to this quiet, yet dark crime.  Ken gives a unique perspective as the first successful interstate felony case to result in a conviction and recovery for Parental Child Abduction.  Ken takes great care in educating the similarities of ‘Stranger’ based and Non-stranger based kidnapping.  Ken answers the question: Why do children stay in a Long-Term-Abduction and not run-away or ask for help. 

His book, “Throwing Stones; Parental Child Abduction through the Eyes of a Child”, recounts in detail, his experience as a kidnapped child from the age of seven to eleven years-old.  He shows how distant relatives, ill-informed friends, child care providers, religion based private schools,  and gaps in State and Federal Identification can lead to a successful abduction.  His book details the secret and often hidden emotional breakdown a long-term kidnapped child goes through; which often leads the child to protect the perpetrator that has inflicted the abuse upon them. 

You can overcome anything if you desire!  Finding that one grounding tool can be very hard and finding the right influences, even harder.  Ken has relied on his one constant in life, Martial Arts, to give him a sense of grounding.  From youth and into his thirties, Ken used this basic building block of physical and mental discipline to mold and direct his life.  

Growing up, Ken went to eleven elementary schools, nine middle schools and four high schools.  His last completed fall-to-spring year in school was 8th grade.  High school was a hit and miss while his parents moved from California, Texas, Washington and then finally sent back to his father (who abducted him years earlier) in Texas.  At the end of 10th grade, Ken’s only option was to drop out, seek a GED and eventually join the Army. 

Ken began working in restaurants on his thirteenth birthday.  He continued to work and pay rent until he was finally on his own.  As a young adult, Ken worked many different jobs as diverse as roughnecking in the oil fields of West Texas, cook, bartender, welder, sales, commercial truck driver, emergency medical technician and law enforcement officer.  Although he attended community college and trade schools after earning his GED, the gaps created by missing such a large amount of primary and secondary education, left him insecure and in fear of ever earning a college degree. 

In 2005, Ken, through the encouragement of his wife, enrolled in a local community college.  Due to a series of surgeries in the fall of 2005, Ken had to temporarily withdraw from school to begin rehabilitation for a spinal fusion.  In the spring of 2009, he again enrolled in a community college and simultaneously at the University of Texas at Dallas.  While at school, Ken suffered with his grades and continually repeated algebra.  It was in his softmore year that a math professor observed that Ken might have dyslexia. 

On the advice of his professor, Ken was tested and found positive for dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia.  Armed with a better understanding of how he learned and processed information, Ken refused to let his learning disability take away his dream.  By the start of his senior year, Ken improved from a 2.3 GPA, to a 3.28 GPA and was accepted into a joint undergraduate/graduate Fast-track program in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy.  Ken’s final goal is to earn a Doctorate in Law and practice law that will help other victims.

Being human, we make mistakes.  Learning right from wrong on your own can be even harder.  Ken hopes that by showing his childhood and early adult life for what it is, being human, we can better understand what it means to be a victim of parental kidnapping and neglect.  Ken believes in planting life-seeds that will grow into something positive years from now.  Before we know it, our seeds have become a healthy and life encompassing garden.  We are our own prison!  There some things we cannot control—such as being kidnapped or in an abusive environment (the weeds); however, when we become an adult, it is up to us to find and develop the tools to make our life balanced and whole. 

Ken lives with his family in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area.  Ken has a undergradute degree from the University of Texas, Dallas, a proud member of Pi Kappa Phi men’s fraternity.  He is also a member of Delta Alpha Pi, an academic society for the disabled. Ken is a former law enforcement officer, Veteran of the United States Army, and active in the Texas State Guard. He is currently completling a masters degree.  When given the chance, you can find him at 10,000 feet, cameras at his side, backcountry hiking with his wife, children and miniature schnauzer, String.  

 

Ken seeks to be a bridge, a living case study for those willing to ask the questions.  

If you would like to have Ken come speak on child abduction or life skills for the survivor, please contact Ken at:

214 364 4181

ken@ken-connelly.com

ThrowingStones@ymail.com

www.ken-connelly.com

www.kenconnelly.net

 

Feel free to read the story at Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-abduct_29met.ART.State.Edition2.2908a92.html

 

 

Birth Place
Santa Anna, CA USA
Accomplishments

* Certified in Texas in Third Party Mediation
* Expert Witness on Child Abduction
* Harris County Task Force on Abuse
* Guest speaker at the Texas Emergency Management Conference/Regional Homeland Security Conference.
* Educator and speaker on Child Abduction
* Legal Aid Intern with the felony Division of Crimes Against Children
* Member of the Texas District and County Attorney Association (TDCAA)
* Successfully helped lobby for U.S. Congress House Resolution 1326 and Florida HB 787, Child Abduction Prevention Act.

American Correction Asso Cert 1, 2 & T

NASA CAS Scholastic award

Oroville School District Young Writers Award

Law Enforcement and Military Awards

Texas State EMT

Colorado State Youth Counselor/Right of Passage Coach

Speaker before the Texas State Congress



Additional Information

My most recent work is my non-fiction book, Throwing Stones, an abduction story. This book is most dear to me. It is the first book through the eyes of an abducted child, kidnapped for over three years. I have written it without trying to influence the reader. I want the reader to make their own opinion. I have also been asked to share my poetry. They come from my personal book, Lyrics from the Edge. I hope you enjoy. I have been asked to speak on behalf of Amber Alert in Texas. Update - 2011 *I have completed a second edition of Throwing Stones. As a writer I am always trying to expand the tools I use in order for you, the reader, to fully enjoy and become part of that experience. Over the past two three years many of my good friends and colleagues have asked me to answer missing information in my book. Part of the reason for not originally putting those stories in T.S. was due to personal reasons or simply not having the documents I needed to make the story as true to memories I drew from. Lastly, I discovered that I am dyslexic. I've learned techniques that have helped me and I hope other dyslexics will be inspired to not give up on their writing dreams but get out there and WRITE. In late 2009, I was asked to write a co-author a chapter in a self-help book. The book is about making new foundations for real change. We titled the chapter, "The Yin and Yang of Miracles". During the 2012 Christmas holiday I received an email that the book was going into production. At this time I don't have a release date; however, keep an eye out there for it. Fiction. When I was in high school one of my schools recognized my writing and placed me (while I lived there) in a writing class. For a brief period I worked, and finished, my first book,"The Seven Keys of Araganoth". The manuscript was never published and with many works after it, left to collect dust or a landfill. Many of my friends have asked me to go back and write exactly that, fiction. The sort of fiction that forms in the innocent heart of a child, yet never sees the light of day. So with a lot of thought, I decided to do exactly that and began work on two manuscripts. The first manuscript is completed and in the edit stage and the second is fully mapped out and ready to be penned, or in the new millennium, 'fonted'. ...As for their names or what they're about, you will just have to wait and see. One last parting thought- If you are a victim of abuse, neglect, kidnapping or any other crime. If you have a learning disability or physical disability, I encourage you to get out there and write, paint or whatever makes you happy. www.youtube.com/emreraldthistle.com

Favorite Links

My little world online, yes I have a myspace, my brother talked me into it.
Myspace site dedicated to Throwing Stones.

parentinternational.com
This site is one of the best on the internet. If you are needing information, resources or just a place to go and learn about Parental Child Abduction-Kidnapping, this is the place to go.

Official Site of Ken Connelly
This is where you can get information on upcoming books, speaking engagements and writer resources. As this site evolves Ken will post information on current and past cases of parental child abduction and parental alienation. Please feel free to stop by this site and sign our guest book. There is a comment section where you can make any suggestions and or concerns. As we learn what will best be served on ken-connelly.com, all ideas are welcome. There is also a contact page so you can leave a message of have an issue that may better be served by contacting the author. You can find a variety of videos on www.youtube.com from Ken Connelly

Actor Josef Cannon's site dedicated to his daughtrer, Shelby Nicole Cannon
Josef has been not only a left behind father, but a selfless fighter for not only his daughter, but every child kidnapped by a parent. I am blessed to call him my friend. Please visit his site and learn about a wonderful little girl and her father's story.






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