Samuel Johnson once said that, “No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money."
Well, I guess that makes me a blockhead extraordinaire. Oh, I do get paid to write – but not this blog. No, this blog is about the sheer love of words. It’s about making a connection with people I know and with people I hope to.
And, based on the title, it’s a good outlet for all things related to this money pit I’ve called home for more than two decades.
You may have noticed the new graphic in the right-hand margin. If you haven’t , please do. It’s for a new blog that went live today. It’s called ViolenceUnSilenced and it’s dedicated to stamping out domestic violence. Unfortunately, it’s a subject I know a little bit about.
Fortunately, there are sites like this that give me a chance to put that experience to what I hope will be good use. I truly believe that being safe in your own home should be a right, not a privilege.
I stumbled upon Maggie quite by accident a few months ago. She has a blog called Okay.Fine. Dammit. (How can you not love that blog name?!) And she happens to be a terrific writer. So, I visit regularly.
But back to the site … at some point, Maggie will be running a post I wrote. I hope you will read it.
More than that, I hope you will go to the site now and read the first post. It’s quite compelling. It puts a very normal face on an extremely dangerous and dysfunctional issue. Take her pledge and put the ViolenceUnSilenced badge on your site. Post on your blog and Tweet about it, too. Get people there.
I think it’s a remarkable thing that Maggie has done. The least we can do is help get the word out. You may help save the life of someone you know ... and not even know it.
So, I'll happily be a blockhead if it encourages just one person to get out of an abusive relationship. Will you?