Friday, September 26, 2008

...domestic bliss...

Greetings all! It is a rainy, overcast morning here in Chester County, PA. I was up early painting and am wondering how it will look when I get back home. My housemates joined me and we shared domestic bliss. No fighting, no arguing and everyone treated each other with respect. That's how it should be! A wonderful, long term client stopped in yesterday to inform me that she is moving and will need design help. She is fun and no nonsense so we will have a great time. Then her new neighbor stopped in and will probably hire me to design her new place. My long term client is married and has been happily so for...well... a long time. Yippee! The new client lost her beloved husband almost two years ago and is still adjusting to that emptiness. Lucky are those who find the right partner, but how tough it must be to lose them. Not everyone tho' is so lucky. Domestic violence is a huge problem and it is not limited to women. One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and one out of every fourteen
men has been physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner,
boyfriend/girlfriend or date at some point in their lives. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew. On this day in 1997 Roseanne Barr received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has always been a staunch supporter of human rights and broke down barriers on her eponymous television show, depicting domestic abuse, same sex relationships and surviving these horrible situations. My Aunt will be doing a 5k walk to raise funds for victims of domestic violence. She has been doing this for years and if anyone is able to contribute financially to the cause please email her at It is called "Step Out Against Domestic Violence" and will be held Saturday, October 4th in the Lehigh Parkway, rain or shine. I have included a link to the brochure if you care to participate. Any donation will help so don't feel bad if you can only give a tiny bit. Pictured today are Three Red Planters, the caption was written a few months ago but fits today's topic oddly enough. Have a great day, and don't take any s*it from abusive people. If you are in a tough situation there is help.