I was awake most of the night in awful pain, my left hip and spine worse than my ankles or right side joints. Each time I started to fall asleep searing pain shot through my body and it seemed like forever waiting for the pain to leave. By 3 am I was responding to e-mails very frustrated.
All I really wanted to do... was sleep.Follow @DeniseBundy
At 7.30am the phone started ringing with family and friends calling to wish me a happy birthday. I don't want this birthday so I tried to be very generous and give it away.. yet not even my ex-boss wanted it.
So much for "Tis better to give than receive."
Both of my daughters are going through drastic life changes, and it's hard not being there to emotionally and financially help them..being stuck in an awful mess myself that they are powerless to help with as they struggle.
The snow continued to fall all day. Not light snow, but serious large heavy flakes putting over 3 inches of snow on the ground within 2 hours, and never stopping even then. I wouldn't be shocked if we had 11 inches of snow by tomorrow morning.
While walking with the dogs before noon I tripped and fell over a branch hidden under the dense snow, and fractured my finger. It didn't take long to turn a pretty blue and purple, but it took my mind off the excruciating pain in my hip and spine I have suffered coming into this cold spell.
Besides my birthday today is "International Woman's Day." There is a little irony that an international day devoted to the human and civil rights of women, should fall on my birthday. Are we still fighting for voting rights or is a home not a human and civil right?
Most human beings consider a home to be as necessary as food and water. If they don't I can assure you that they are not sat outside with 6 inches of snow on the ground, wondering where they will be sleeping tomorrow, or next week .. or next month.
The State of American Women
Today marks International Women's Day, a chance each year to celebrate the many advancements women have made and take stock of the overall health and well-being of women. Around the world - and here in the United States - poverty among women remains a pressing issue in need of more attention and more action.
In the United States, here's what the numbers show:
- In 2010, the poverty rate among women rose to 14.5 percent, representing 17.2 million women. While this is slightly lower than the overall national poverty rate of 15.1 percent, it is the highest poverty level for women in 17 years.
- Extreme poverty - defined as those earning below 50 percent of the federal poverty line (about $11,056 a year or less for a family of four) per year - rose 0.4 percent for women to 6.9 percent, the highest level in 22 years.
- Black and Hispanic women have disproportionately higher rates of poverty (25.6 percent and 25 percent, respectively)
- 4 out of 10 women heads of household live in poverty. -
In this very wealthy nation, such high rates of poverty are appalling. When we fail women, we fail children, families and communities. Public policy can help address higher rates of poverty among women. When parents have access to child care assistance and high quality early education, they can maintain employment knowing their children are in a safe environment while they work. Job training, adult education services, and Pell grants for college, for example, help low-skill, low-income women gain the skills they need to be successful in the work place. Safety net programs can help families make ends meet in this difficult economy as they search for employment or access education and training opportunities.
This year, as we think about women around the world, we should commit to realizing the progress yet to be made for women and families in the United States.http://www.clasp.org/issues/in_focus?type=poverty_and_opportunity&id=0059
There has to be someone related to Robert & Sylve Huckins must have some means to reach them, if it be Michael Huckins, Dr.Kenneth Ogilvie ( Diana Huckins? Dominic Huckins? Malcolm Huckins? ) or Patricia Ogilvie-Huckins and get them to return ALL of the money they stole from us so that I can buy a home and get our lives back. I am begging anyone in this family for help.
I don't believe I have EVER witnessed any none violent crime that can be as devastating as stealing someone's home. I am walking in Dorothy McKeevers footsteps, day by day, month by month, year by year.
Liam Griffin, I sat in your law office with two witnesses as you gave me your promise, your guarantee, that our money would be returned before harm came to us.
Patricia Ogilvie-Huckins you were present the day I signed contract with your son. You walked out of the kitchen with Sylve Huckins and your son introduced me to you. He told you that I was the British horse trainer he had told you about, the one he was going to build the home and barn for. Why didn't you say something? There may be a rational and reasonable explanation but I have spent over 3 years, homeless, not understanding it. I understand it even less knowing that though I was a total stranger, both Dorothy McKeever and Sally Canning you KNEW, and you knew what your son had done to them and others.
Dr. Kenneth Ogilvie, I contacted you and simply asked for a reference, not knowing that Robert Huckins was your cousin. Robert Huckins had just stolen over $30,000 from the domestic violence shelter, HEAL, yet everyone was trying to hide it. There was a history of stealing large amounts of money. $65,000 PLUS from Nancy Canning. $89,000 PLUS from Dorothy McKeever, $45,000 from Francis McKinney. The list just goes on and on and on.
Because of Robert Huckins I ended up paying $140,000 to be homeless.. sat in the cold, emotionally, physically and financially broke. In the middle of a recession, with no way to recover the stolen funds.
Today Robert Huckins has his own home...
He also has OUR home.....
He also has a lot of people's money...
And his freedom.
Women are not banks or loan institutions. Women should not be the source of a retirement fund for people who don't want to do an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Holding women hostage while playing with the judicial system, a horrendous game of cat and mouse extending YEARS, with the victims whose very homes, families and stability are in jeopardy is cruelty, as cruel as a physical beating. It is financial and emotional RAPE. Homelessness is not justice. It is a slow, painful death.
Please, I beg with everything I have within me, please convince Robert Huckins to stop this torture and return the building fund he stole from us so we too, can have a home.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. Be the change you want to see in this world. Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.~Gandhi