Friday, September 4, 2015

Don Hatfield To Appear On Security Brief With Paul Viollis

I will be flying out to NY to tape a live interview on the talk show Security Brief on September 18.  It's about Rachel's murder, and it will feature my take on all of it.  They will show my artwork as well, and I will be asked for advice for those dealing with dangerous people in their homes--namely sociopaths, murderers, and other whacks.

Paul Viollis is the talking head--a seasoned veteran who has dealt with home security issues for decades.  You may view the show's web site at

After Dateline's tabloidesque treatment of Rachel's murder I said...."no more of this crap!"  But this show seems to offer a protocol that is well intentioned.  I was OK with the shows I viewed--sooo--we shall see.

I hope the show draws contributors to GoFundMe

I have noticed that when Rachel's story is re-run on TV that there is an uptick in donations and requests for my art work.  I am grateful for this.

I have been smothered in commission work and have been unable to supply my gallery with new work, but at least I am employed.  I am now raising the kids without a nanny (to expensive) which gives me tremendous opportunity to do hands on training--it's so sweet.  Those young mothers have nothing on me--I am as fast, competent, and creative as any of them--just ask me.  My new role as live-in householder, artist, spiritual guide and grandpa gives me wonderful opportunity to scream at these innocent children.  It really works for about 5 minutes--then I receive massive input from Eva (8) and Ariel (6) about how I should employ other means of creating order within a loving home!

I get lots of laughs out of my role as guardian to these angels.  Eva wants me to stop chewing tobacco and so feels free to trash my Copenhagan whenever she finds it.  She is too young to understand the benefits of tobacco--right?  Ariel, the "quiet shy one" actually runs the whole house from the shadows and is the first to point out if we are lost, out of milk, or late.  Alex, now 4, is a non-stop question man.  I feel like I am under his constant verbal attack--I often hide in the bathroom to escape.

I have drawn the kids into the chore cycle, and it is amazing how smoothly things are running.  I have plenty of time to paint when they are at St. John's School from 8:30 to 3:00--that is, if I don't get caught up in my new addiction--blitz chess!   O yes, 3 min speed chess online where inferior players can defeat highly skilled veterans by successfully hiding their queen until time runs out.  I did an all- nighter chess marathon the other day and ran my rating up to 889--that's big for a hack.  Of course I reverted to screaming at the kids in my absolute fatigue the next day--lesson learned--rest once in awhile, stupid.

Anyway that's it for now--I looks like this will be a big painting year as opportunities keep rolling in--all part of God's wonderful love and care.  See ya down the road. Don


  1. Dear Don, I hope much good and many blessings come from your doing this next show. Good to hear there is no lack of work for you. Remember to keep the joy in your painting too. Your talent is a wonderful gift. I am sure the children feel your love even in the midst of a melt down from their Grandpa. I always tell people raising children to remember one thing, "it doesn't get easier or better, it only gets different." You are always in my prayers. God bless!

  2. Speed chess. Your brain scares me. Love you.