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Introducing myself and my journal: passion and risk

About Me:
I have been a mental health therapist for 30 years, working mainly in the areas of domestic violence and abuse, as well as a singer/songwriter and fibre artist. I am moving into a trasition stage of my life and searching for a "new" direction..searching for what I want to do with the rest of my life. Looking for new challanges and ways to combine old skills and learn something new. I was thrilled to "find" your magazine and look forward to connecting with women globally.

My Passions:
fibre, music, writing

My Challenges:
lack of focus

My Vision for the Future:
being connected with women in a fun but productive way

My Areas of Expertise:
abuse and violence, fibre, music

Comments

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

lindam's picture

welcome

I am excited and abit overwhelmned by the response to my intro. There are so may amazing women out there! This will open up a whole new world to me, and I will try to keep in touch with everyone. Thanks for the welcome. Linda

Quenby Wilcox's picture

Domestic Abuse

I was wondering what you worked on in regards to domestic violence. I am a survivor of domestic abuse, and am in the middle of a custody battle against an abusive Spaniard under Spanish courts. Basically, in retaliation for having had the courage to denounce my husbands repeated threats to kill me if I ever left him the Spanish judicial system

• illegally and unconstitutionally abducted my children
• embezzled all of my assets ($1,000,000+ including my website (www.global-expats.com) and thrown me on the street destitute, forcing me to return to the USA to continue my custody battle
•obliged ME to pay child support to my ex-husband with no funds with which to do so
• and now are in the process of initiating criminal procedures for non-payment of said support so that if I ever return to Spain for my children I will be incarcerated.

all of this with the American Consulate and US State Dept. complacently watching, even though they have denounced Spain for Human Rights abuses and Amnesty International estimates foreign women in Spain have 1/4 of 1% chance of survival.

I keep on reading in the news so much rhetoric, international and national initiatives, which quite frankly mean nothing until some accountability is brought into the justice systems.

I am writing a book about my own experience and how it is representative of the reality of what is happening. Until attitudes change, nothing will change. I would be interested in your input and experiences.

Quenby Wilcox
Founder - Global Expats
quenby@global-xpats.com
www.global-xpats.com

lindam's picture

Quenby, Unfortuantely your

Quenby,

Unfortuantely your story is all too familiar to me. I work with women everyday who are in similar situations. Canada too, spouts the rhetoric of zero tolerance to violence, but the judicial system, which is really a system to enforce laws and not one of justice, continues to perpetuate injustice towards women and children. Most of the systems continue to be controlled by men, who support other men. It appears we have a long road of struggle ahead of us still. I do not work "in" the justice system, and through advocacy work, have often been excluded from having an impact, due to the fact that this system in particular does not appreciate feedback or criticism. In terms of what is the most productive avenues for change...and to be heard, my suggestion is to align yourself with any advocacy organizations in the US for battered women. Good Luck. and stay as well as possible.

jodelight's picture

welcome

hello Lindam,

Warmest welcome to PulseWire. We are so happy you have joined our online community. I encourage you to upload a picture or image that has significant meaning to your profile. I look forward to hearing from you in the future, your presence here is valued.
I am interested in what you make with fibre art. It sounds so neat. I love texture arts, I think they are a fantastic way to create another dimension of art textiles. Do share...

best,
Jody
jodelight

lindam's picture

fibre

Jody,

I was a weaver, spinner, felter, for about 30 years, playing with colours and textures. Made lots of yardage that turned into clothing, even tho I'm not much for fashion, it's nice to wear natural fibres. I love cotton and silk in particular. After too many hours at the loom, which is very hard on your back legs, hips etc. I started "painting" fabric...mostly just mucking with colours and have worked on "art" quilts, which really means they aren't real quilts,... they are picture like and have randaom stitching on them to give them texture and relief. Presently I'm knitting and croqueting, and quilting in a more traditional manner, to try and use up my accumulated stashes which have taken over several rooms in my house. When you dabble in many things, supplies really pile up. I will try and post some photos on this site of some of my work sometime. We live in a rural area and we are just in the process of trying to get high speed so posting photos is difficult. I too love to create and also use some of these processes in my real work. I also belong to several groups of women who meet to work together on art/craft..sort of like the good old days. It is a nice way to visit and to laugh and cry together. Any connection with women seems to increase the positive energy in the universe. Light and love, Linda

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