Today I have something of local interest for you, that really is much farther reaching than just Taos. The wonderful organization, Community Against Violence, is holding their annual radio fund raiser at KTAO today. A one-day event, they're hoping to raise $50,000. It's ambitious for a small community, but Taos loves the CAV, and sadly, needs the many free services it offers. Rick and I made our donation this morning. I don't talk about it much, but I spent eleven of my younger years in an abusive marriage. Surprised? Me too. But I'm here to tell you, it can happen even to smart people. And it can be a very tricky situation with so many emotions and cultural stigmas attached. We learn as we go though, and now I'm a big supporter of groups like the CAV.
I urge you to make a donation to a similar peace-loving organization in your own community. Or, if you want to donate to CAV today, you can call the radio station at 575-758-8882. It's tax deductible, and you can also listen to KTAO online. I'll hear you if you call in! They'd love to hear from you!
And interestingly, I've been moved to make the new Butterfly Beads this week... a powerful symbol of beautiful transformation. Seems a fitting tribute to all the women (and men) who need to find their own inner strength. I can tell you from experience, once you make that first step, it all gets easier. Let's support those who provide the safe places, the needed services, and the support and love.