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Cliff Edge on a Stormy Night
Thursday, 8 September 2005
Consequences
Little did I know, when I wrote my angry entry last week, that the international community was begging to help and our own government couldn't be bothered to answer or respond to any of the calls.

Our government must be held responsible for their reprehensible actions and their even more reprehensible inactions in the wake of this enormous tragedy.

And I'm not talking about the amorphous "government" -- I am talking about the individuals who are in the positions of power and responsibility and did not act in a timely, compassionate, humane or intelligent manner.

It starts with the Commander-in-Chief. Truman said, "The buck stops here" and it does. It doesn't matter what excuses the President gives for not being properly informed, etc. -- it is his duty and his job to put the competent and intelligent and ACTIVE people in the jobs responsible for our lives.

There were many, many weak links in this chain. The weakest is at the top, and that link put in many of the weak links across the way.

As citizens, we cannot let this rest. To hell with the spinners and the ones who claim that it hurts more than helps to criticize. We cannot wait and let things "settle down".

We need to demand accountabliity TODAY and see the improvements put into action within hours or more lives will be lost. More property will be seized and more people will be dehumanized.

Individuals are doing great and heroic acts of kindness and human interaction.

FEMA -- which is supposed to be comprised to people, but seem more like androids at this point -- is not.

It has to stop.

In grief and fury,

Beatrix

Posted by 3braenes at 1:26 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 31 August 2005
Dumbfounded

I am dumbfounded at the losses suffered by Hurricane Katrina.

I am enraged that the international community --except for our dear, lovely, loyal, loving Canada -- offers exactly NOTHING.

The US is expected to finance every one else's disaster and the rest of the world can't even offer words of sympathy.

A situation like that makes me wish, in a way, that I belonged to an active church parish. At least we would be making cups of tea or organizing a jumble sale or something. I'd feel as though I was DOING something.

And yet, I bet they'd find a way to bring petty internal politics into that as well.

In sadness and sorrow,

Beatrix

Posted by 3braenes at 5:50 PM EDT
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Saturday, 20 August 2005
Character Work
I was astonished to realize, nearly a half a dozen times this week, that I wanted to come and blog! I was completely taken aback by this desire, as once a week seemed more than enough to speak publicly. I'm hardly dashing about having adventures all the time.

In any case, I spent some time getting to know what I hope will be the main character in my Cornwall piece. What I found interesting about her is that she was not particularly self-revalatory. I felt I was only seeing snippets of her, and often through the eyes of people around her.

I'm not quite satisfied with that, but I wish to get to know some of the other characters a bit before I try again.

Her reticence in sharing herself with me, her author, makes me wonder exactly what it is that she's hiding? More than a mere divorce? Not that divorce is ever "mere", but I mean something more . . .sinister?

Perhpas that will serve the story well. Unfortunately, I have a feeling I have to wait until she is good and ready to reveal all to me.

With best wishes,

Beatrix

Posted by 3braenes at 10:29 PM EDT
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Saturday, 13 August 2005
Cornwall Musings
Writing an entry once a week or so is just about right for me, I think. I'm not one of those who has much to say publicly on a daily basis, unless I'm talking to someone I know.

Viewing the Cornwall photo albums over the last few days was lovely. It has given me ideas for the setting for my piece.

Chances are it will be near Fowey, Looe, and Polruan. I definitely want to set something in the Lanteglos church -- it was right up the road from our farmhouse, and it was the church in which Daphne du Maurier was married.

Now that I have the setting, I have to do some consideration about character.

I know the atmosphere I want to set in the piece, but without interesting people to populate it, the story is a waste of time.

With best wishes,

Beatrix

Posted by 3braenes at 1:32 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 13 August 2005 1:33 PM EDT
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Saturday, 6 August 2005
Setting: Cornwall

Since we seem to be The Writing Sisters, now that we all have blogs and share a website, I, too, am joining the fray.

I've always wanted to write a story, so I might as well sit down and do it.

I have vague ideas floating around in my brain. Eventually, they will have to make sense. But I don't want to rush them. I will take it bit by bit.

I have, however, decided WHERE the piece will be set -- Cornwall.

We spent some time there a few years ago, and I quite liked it. I will pull out our old photographs and the brochures and bits we kept, the old diaries, and research the place.

And, of course, it is the home of Daphne du Maurier!

Bridget wants the three of us to re-read all of Jane Austen and then write about our responses. I enjoy Jane Austen at any point in time.

We're starting with SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. I'd forgotten how much I'd forgotten about the book. How embarassing, considering I've read it several dozen times!

I better not write more about it here -- Bridget will get cross.

Off to the photo albums of Cornwall!

With best wishes,

Beatrix

Posted by 3braenes at 3:46 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 6 August 2005 3:52 PM EDT
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Monday, 1 August 2005
Let's See What This Blog Fuss is All About
I gave in to my sisters, Bridget and Brenda, and started a blog. I'm rather a Neo-Luddite -- agreeing to be included in this web site was a big step for me.

I'm not sure how I feel about this blogging craze. What's wrong with a good, old-fashioned diary book and a nice fountain pen? Why have other people read your thoughts?

"You read published diaries," Bridget points out. "This is the same thing, only it's on a computer screen, not a book."

I like to hold a book in my hands.

I like to read.

And, yes, I'm enough of a voyeur to enjoy reading other people's blogs.

But do I have anything worthwhile to say?

I guess all of us are going to find out, aren't we?

Bridget's blog is Mooir Keyll and Brenda's blog is right here on this site, Poet Meets Muse.

I don't hold much water to Bridget's theory we shouldn't start on a waning moon during Mercury Retrograde. I like to start, fresh and clean, on the first day of a new month. I believe you can stick to anything to which you set your mind to -- you don't have to ask the planets' persmission first. A little good, old-fashioned character is all you need.

Why this title, that sounds like it should be part of Snoopy's latest novel, beginning, "It was a Dark and Stormy Night"?

Because I adore the novels of Daphne Du Maurier and Agatha Christie -- because of, not in spite of their "flaws" according to modern perception. And this is my hommage to them.

Should I sign this the way I do a letter? I'm not sure what the protocl is.

So,

With best wishes,

Beatrix

Posted by 3braenes at 12:35 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 1 August 2005 12:37 PM EDT
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