Tag: women’s rights

His Castle – CSPAN VIDEO

HIS CASTLE was a project that was made by a group of friends in Florida making a CSPAN Student Cam Video on Domestic Violence in order to help spread awareness to the community. This was created by Ivy Leung, Diana Proenza, and Nicole Romeu, students from Terra Environmental Research Institute.

“With the perspectives of advocacy, health care and legal professionals, we stress the crimes of domestic violence and consider the effectiveness of the Violence Against Women Act passed by the legislative branch on the victims of our community.”

 

(Click on the picture to watch the Video on Viddler)

 

His Castle

 

They contacted me and asked to share one of the quotes from my book SNOW WHITE DARKNESS for their narrative video. Thank you Ivy, Diana, and Nicole – for an amazing video of the plight of the Domestic Violence Victim and the effect of the Violence Against Women Act. Great job spreading awareness!

 

To Purchase your copy of SNOW WHITE DARKENSS, my book and personal journey out of Domestic Violence click below:

Snow White Darkness

 

 “Smothered by control
a tormented soul
trapped in his castle
Her tears rolling mist
proof she exists
in Snow White Darkness”

~ Diana Rasmussen, Snow White Darkness

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Every Woman Should Know – Inspiration from Maya Angelou

I got this an email from my sister-in-law Kris today. It really blessed me, so I would like to share it with you.

Maya Angelou is an inspiration, an Author, a Poet, and a Civil Rights Leader. You may have read her book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE

enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,
even if she never wants to or needs to…
something perfect to wear if the employer,
or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …

a youth she’s content to leave behind….
a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to
retelling it in her old age….
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…
one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …

a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family…
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …

a feeling of control over her destiny….
how to fall in love without losing herself..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…

how to quit a job,
break up with a lover,
and confront a friend without;
ruining the friendship….

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…

when to try harder…
and WHEN TO WALK AWAY…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…

that she can’t change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
that her childhood may not have been perfect…but it’s over…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…

what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more…..
how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…

whom she can trust,
whom she can’t,
and why she shouldn’t take it personally…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…

where to go…
be it to her best friend’s kitchen table..
or a charming Inn in the woods…
when her soul needs soothing…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…

What she can and can’t accomplish in a day…
a month…and a year…

(All Images below from Pinterest)

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Hold On

Here is a great video and song by 3 of my friends from Broadjam: Dianne MacAdam, Nathaniel Jones, and Peter Olach (their links are below)  – Awesome song and video! I need to remember this – HOLD ON!

HOLD ON

I’m tired of pulling weeds
I’ve been here on my knees
But they keep coming back (they keep coming back)

No matter how I try
To light my darkened sky
It always turns to black (it always turns to black)

I need to get away
From all these debts to pay
I’m living in the red (so tired of this debt)

Fingers about to break
Can’t seem to cure this ache
I’m clinging to the ledge (don’t know if I can)

It’s all I can do
To Hold On

And I can hear the train
Making its way again
Somehow the steel on steel (sounds like a promise)

I climb on board the car
Nothing but my guitar
And try to lose the fear (and leave the darkness)

I’m leaving all I know
I’m going with the flow
And pray my soul’s fulfilled (I’m leaving all I know)

The only way to see
If this is right for me
Is to leave the status quo (I’m leaving all I know)

It’s all I can do
To Hold On

You’re battered, bruised and scarred
This life can be so hard
You must remember Who You Are

Take the time to breathe
The water will recede and
Find a way to stop the bleeding
Hold On
Hold on

Lyric Credits: Dianne MacAdam
Music Credits: Nathaniel Jones / Protilius Productions
Producer Credits: N. Jones / Protilius Productions Recorded at Sound Mind Studios – John DiSanto / Engineered by N. Jones
Performance Credits: N. Jones / Dianne MacAdam

Video Credits: Video by Peter Olach, PGO Multimedia Song produced by Nathaniel Jones, Protilius Productions