Inspiring Blogger Award ~ fighting Domestic Violence

I was just nominated for the Inspiring Blogger Award by Prego and the Loon.  Thank you so much for bestowing this award upon me, Prego and the Loon.  I am truly honored and humbled that you chose me amongst the many fine people who comment on your blog, and those who are also nominated for this award.

You are not alone.

Prego and the Loon’s blog tells the story of her horrific life with domestic violence at the hands of her ex-husband.  She recounts her stories in beautifully written prose; the most frightening events, the fear, the haunting memories, the worries for her life and her son’s, the “what if’s”, the never ending terror, her efforts to straighten out records, and her recovery.
Please seek out Prego and the Loon’s blog.  You will read about a a strong woman who broke loose of the horrifying life she was in. You will learn more about domestic abuse,  and books that helped her begin a new life. If you are a victim of domestic violence yourself, please visit her blog.  Reading her words can help you gain the strength to break loose, too.

I also suggest this post by Purposefully Scarred: “Domestic Violence: Resources Reaching Around the World”  Purposefully Scarred is an excellent blog, dealing with raising awareness for survivors of (all kinds of) abuse.  There are lots of great resources here too.

~YOU ARE NOT ALONE~

To those who suffer from abuse of any type: You are not alone. There are people to support and help you everywhere, even people you do not know yet.  Take a chance.  Knock on a door.  Reach out to another blogger, pick up the phone and call a number in your community, speak to a friend who will help you, a pastor, a counselor, a doctor or nurse.  If the first person doesn’t work out, try another one.  Don’t give up.

We need to spread the word about Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and all other forms of abuse, until people no longer have to deal with such atrocities.  When our fellow human beings are suffering from abuse and its accompanying elements: fear, stress, threats, nightmares, depression, terror, injuries, death, etc, it should be our top priority to help and support them, and then work to rid the world of it.

Let’s work together to help people live happy lives, fulfilling their dreams.

Thanks for reading.

Judy

Weekly Sunday Post: Expression

The Holocaust Memorial in New Orleans is an expression of Remembrance for those who died during the Holocaust, and for those who survived those horrific years.
It is also an expression of our need to be vigilant  in opposing the destructive actions of intolerance, hatred, bigotry and abuse,  whenever and wherever they occur.

The Holocaust Memorial is a beautiful sculpture that sits alongside the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans.   The sculpture was designed by Yaacov Agam.  “The memorial is in memory of the six million European Jews and millions of other victims who were tortured and murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators from 1933-1944.”
The memorial consists of nine panels and a circular path around them.   The panels are motionless. Each panel has a different design.  When one walks slowly around the path, viewing the sculpture from different angles, the designs on the panels form different, distinct images.

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The Yellow Star of David.   “Persecution and humiliation of the Jews by their Nazi tormentors.”

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“This chaotic view expresses human misery and absence of empathy and religious and moral values, including reverence for life itself.”

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“Out of the color of Hope, appears, in all its majestic colors, a Sacred Menorah, symbolizing the faithfulness and spiritual values of the Jewish people.  The Menorah here is represented by a rainbow and a reverse rainbow.”

*Info and quotes from the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial site.  Click here for more information.

Judy
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