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Cliff Edge on a Stormy Night
Saturday, 6 January 2007
Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night has always held special meaning for me.  I love the idea that the Wise Men followed the star and arrived bearing gifts.

 Yes, I'm aware of the joke that the Wise Women would have stopped for directions and arrived sooner, but still . ..

 I love the idea of following a star.  I think, perhaps, all of us should spend more time following our personal stars.

That's something I will strive to do this year.  First, of course, I have to figure out which star is mine to follow . . .

 Best wishes,


Posted by 3braenes at 8:44 PM EST
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Monday, 1 January 2007
Happy New Year!


May 2007 bring peace, joy, and abundance to all.


Best wishes from Beatrix

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Saturday, 19 August 2006
Summer's Fading Fast


I can't believe that the summer is almost over. 

Soon, too soon, is the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  And people who were promised help are still struggling.  It is inexcusable.

I wish for peace, joy, and rebuilding to happen for the Gulf Coast Region in the coming year.  And Justice, so those in the government who caused these deaths are held accountable.

Posted by 3braenes at 11:42 AM EDT
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Saturday, 12 August 2006
One Year Anniversary


The actual one year anniversary of this blog was on August 1.

I look back to where I was one year ago.  I was hopeful that I would finally, after years of putting other people first, begin to concentrate on my writing.

And then, Hurricane Katrina hit and everything changed.

So much that seemed important was less important.  There was so much for each of us to do as individuals.

The Gulf Coat is still not put back together.  I do my little bit -- and, oh, it is SUCH a little bit -- but, perhpas, in the coming year, my pen and my brain and my heart will be able to do the work I've relied for on my back and my hands.

Best wishes,


Posted by 3braenes at 3:35 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 12 August 2006 3:39 PM EDT
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Sunday, 1 January 2006
Happy New Year
I wish everyone a joyful, healhty, and happy New Year.

Best Wishes,


Posted by 3braenes at 12:19 PM EST
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Tuesday, 27 December 2005
Nearly the End of the Year

I can't believe that another year is nearly gone. It's flown by. There's so much work to be done in the world, simply to make it liveable.

I feel that I was so naive, when I began this blog, full of ideas and dreams about writing about Cornwall.

Hurricane Katrina cured me of that.

Yet, I still hope to curl up and read more Jane Austen in the coming months, and discuss her work with my sisters.

Bridget always talks of balance -- perhaps my anger at the way the hurricane was not handled has gone too far and I'm trying to compensate for everyone's mistkaes too much. As my sisters point out, I can't fix the problems that the government created with their apathy.

All I can do is as much as a single individual can do. And, if enough single individuals work together, we can make a positive change and help the people who still so desparately need it.

Best wishes for a peaceful and joyful New Year,


Posted by 3braenes at 10:45 PM EST
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Saturday, 5 November 2005
Strive and Stife
It has been a long time since I wrote here. And, as usual, I write on a Saturday.

I am frustrated and distrubed by the political problems in the country, especially as they affect people such as those who suffered through Katrina and beyond.

The good thing is that the layer of gentility so heavily promoted throughout the world was peeled back and the world can see how little the administration cares for its citizens.

But will there be change in our lifetime?

I have my doubts.

It seems as though we are moving towards darker times rather than brighter.

In sorrow,


Posted by 3braenes at 3:26 PM EST
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Monday, 3 October 2005
I rarely give myself over to despair; however, these past days I truly feel despair in the state of the world. I am not sure what I can do to improve my corner of it.

Bridget and Brenda have ups and downs, but, for the most part, they are optimists. They would disagree, but they are, truly, optimistic about the future of the Universe.

I'm having trouble with merely this planet.

I like to think of myself as a pragmatist. But, these past days, I have not even been able to be that. Is there such a thing as a desolationist?

Bridget feels optimistic again because the moon has turned to new. The moon could be cheese for all it has to do with me. Spread it on a cracker, open a nice cabernet, and we're done.

Hoping that I can find some hope,


Posted by 3braenes at 8:52 PM EDT
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Monday, 19 September 2005
Too Much To Do

Too much to do and not enough hours in the day.

My priority right now is to work on Katrina Relief efforts. Yes, I want to write; yes, I know that not making time to right means I must not want it enough.

Too bad.

Right now, packing boxes of supplies will do more good than writing a gothic novel set in Cornwall.

Best wishes,


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Sunday, 11 September 2005
September 11 Anniversary

Today I pause in all that I do to remember the deaths on 9/11/01.

Today, I try to make each act I perform an act of honor towards those lost lives.


Posted by 3braenes at 10:12 AM EDT
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