This is a portrait commission from a client from North Carolina who has been a few times a return client. The client wanted to make sure her Mom's favorite lamp was also in the painting :)
Anyway, this post is really about children. We don't have kids but it doesn't stop me from being protective of the ones I am exposed to.
This Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 is the deadline for "Protect the Children Act Bill 1738"
- Authorize over $320 million over the next five years in desperately needed funding for law enforcement to investigate child exploitation.
- Mandate that child rescue be a top priority for law enforcement receiving federal funding.
- Allocate funds for high-tech computer software that can track down Internet predators.
Here is a sample letter to send that Oprah.com has published. The Sample Letter
Unfortunately I've witnessed some of this sort activities online when I first started to explore the Internet chats. And I can't believe how one easily falls prey to people with ill intents. I ended up playing "Mom" to those I've become aware about until it just became no fun to socialize online any more because I couldn't really help them effectively.
Just like the real world, the Internet is particularly dangerous to those who are new to its possibilities. This bill will help pave some new directions to help protect not just the children but also the rest of us who wander through the infinite world of this new dimension.
But I also do wish every computer, and Internet cable would come with a manual for adults on how they need to pay attention to the young ones and get more involved in their lives so they know who the children are associating with and be aware of their environment because we can't expect the government or the teachers and priest or ministers, etc., to do the job that should be implemented and regularly done at home.
Ok that's my contribution :) And before I go off to experiment if I can duplicate PF Chang Restaurant's lettuce wrap chicken, I now leave you with something autumn and delicious!