December 19, 2018:

Hola!

I can't believe we're less than a week away from Christmas and I haven't yet really decorated the kitchen and dinette! I've got the small cardinal tree up on the peninsula counter and my Christmas cards are shaped in the form of a Christmas tree and taped to a wall by the dining table; I put up my colorful teal floral curtains with lots of gold and red, my cardinal prints and added a red tablecloth to the dining table, but that's it! Enough, I suppose.

The tree is done! It seemed to take forever this year to decorate but I am loving the result. It looks like the kind of mish-mash everything on it but the kitchen sink kind of tree I remember from my childhood. The only thing missing is the bubble lights, but I'm too frugal to buy them!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and that the dreaded Polar Vortex stays away!

Jan

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Frank Discussion About "Domestic" Violence

I wrote the posts (linked below) at my other blog, Goddesschess, where I often post articles about violence against women and children in other parts of the world.  I'm posting the links here, too. 

It was Brenda at Cozy Little Home who got me thinking about this. 

The original post Brenda did was on December 9, 2013:  The Loss of a Blogger.  It reported the murder of a fellow blogger, in Michigan, USA, Christine Keith, and her son from a prior marriage, by her estranged husband, Randy Keith.  He shot and killed both of them and then turned the gun on himself. 

 Brenda did another post, on December 18, 2013:  When Women Try to Leave.  Some details emerged about the horrible events -- three children, 8, 6, and 3, are now orphans.

I decided to write about my own personal experiences, both as a victim of "domestic" violence and as an advocate for victims of "domestic" violence.  We can act like ostriches, or we can take our heads out of those holes in the ground that we create for ourselves and face the reality of the world we live in.  It's not all prettiness and light.  But there are things we can do to make it better.  Knowledge is power. 

Solemn Thoughts Near Christmas: Intimate Memories
Solemn Thoughts Near Christmas: Intimate Memories 2
Solemn Thoughts Near Christmas: Intimate Memories 3

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