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Help for girl suicide bomber

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I don't know how many of you have heard about the girl whose father strapped her into a suicide vest and sent her out to blow up herself and as many other people as she could reach. If not for an alert Afghani soldier, that would have been the end of her story. He spotted and stopped her. Now she has been interviewed by the BBC while Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, tries to decide her fate.

Here's a BBC article with the interview she gave them, about the kind of life she had. And here's my petition asking that she get not just a place to stay, but a good home, so she can be a real kid for a while. I think this kid is in as much need of a break as Malala. Honestly, I fear for her life, too.

Also, would you boost the signal to anyone you think will care?

New Year and food for thought

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Happy 2014, everyone! I'm wishing you a year of good books, excellent (non-fattening) food, good movies and music, good health, cheer, fine friends, and as little political aggravation as possible (which may be the hardest wish of all to fill). The good books--well, I'll be posting the books I liked from the last year soon, so that might help in your selections at the library and book store. Good movies and music, you're on your own, since my taste is a bit left-field.

I resolve to be a bit better about posting here. It'll be a quieter year in terms of travel, so I'm in hope that I'll get in more writing, including on my LJ. The only exception will be the month before and a little after the Christian Easter, when I will be in AUSTRALIA!! with my Spouse-Creature. We'll be in lovely Melbourne first, then we hie ourselves to Perth--a new stop for both of us. I am in hopes that, at some place, I'll be able to buy myself some genuine Australian opals from their home earth--no triplets or doublets, but the complete thing!

Other than that, I mean to work. I've got several projects, including the completion of the Companion Book and EXILE, so it will be a busy year. May you all share the blessings of the gods, and see good things come through your doors!

A giant has left us for the Summerlands

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The great Nelson Mandela has died at the age of ninety-five.

He was best known as one of the greats who carried the battle against apartheid, together with people like Desmond Tutu and the last white President of South Africa, FW de Klerk, to its conclusion, and the man who kept the end of apartheid from becoming a bloodbath. He was a hero of the age to people of all ages and nations, of all colors. Although he remained silent on the subject of AIDS while he was in office as president, he became an energized campaigner for information and health measures, breaking open the silence on HIV and AIDS in South Africa at that time.

I am honored to have lived in the same time as this man. And now he can rest free of pain in the eyes and lungs that were damaged in his long years in prison. He in the Summerlands, and we are left to carry on his legacy.

edited to add:
Mandela's younger days, the ox thief

Mandela and DeKlerk, 1993, win the Nobel Peace Prize


Regarding Darkoverconm with apologies

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Something last minute has come up, and we will be unable to attend. We're all healthy, but ... we can't go. If you're going, please greet the gang for us, and tell them I'm sure to be there next year.

And for all of us who keep Thanksgiving, we wish you the kindest and gentlest of holidays--once many of you have dug yourselves out. Speaking of which, I must go see if our snow digging warrior has arrived yet!

Effie Trinket Barbie!!!

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No, seriously, it's real! That being so, you have to ask yourself, is it wrong and a betrayal of the deep message of the Hunger Game books to run screaming to a toy store to get one, or not?

effie trinket barbie

Typhoon Haiyan

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Those of you who have been following the news know that Typhoon Haiyan's impact on the Philippines has been shattering, with a count of the dead and missing beyond belief.

I know the holidays are coming up and times are hard, but if you can help, here are some places to try. Those of you who attend places of worship may already be helping through collections there.

Oxfam International: those of us in the U.S. can click on the Oxfam America button to donate through them

The Red Cross, Disaster Relief donations. Keep in mind that Haiyan is now headed for Vietnam. Donations to international organizations will go where they are needed most, which is a good thing.

World Food Programme

If you can't donate, please boost the signal. The folks in East Asia need all the help they can get.
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A year ago today Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, and some people are still without homes. My best friend and her mother went without power and water for five days--frightening, because her mother is a woman of years--while all of those who love them plotted ways to get help to them and she did a lot of muscle-aching work herself once some of the stores uptown opened. Goddess bless her trainer, who hauled fat jugs of water upstairs to them. And they were among the lucky ones. Now our friends in Great Britain are being battered by the-storm-that-isn't-a-hurricane-but-is-nasty-all-the-same, and I send good wishes and hopes their way.

Today is also the anniversary of the 1929 Stock Market Crash which sparked the Great Depression, something that seemed a little too close to home not that long ago--and may loom in our rear view mirrors all too soon, when it comes up again in the New Year.

And I continue to dig away at my end of the Companion Book, as does Tim, and Julie, finishing the final bits. I will say this--that Whisper Man generates a lot of paper work!
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I am thinking of you and sending my best wishes and hopes that the very big storm that will be hitting you quite soon does no damage to you and yours. Here's to umbrellas and cellar pumps!


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Apparently the Maryville rally sponsored this last weekend by Anonymous was very different from the one at Steubenville. Instead of blame, the emphasis seems to be on help--from the townspeople who attended, for Daisy, for the school and the town, from Daisy's family, who issued a statement. It's down near the comments at the bottom of the article, and well worth reading to get to it. The Colemans do not blame the town or the school, folks.

Also, there's a link to the university where Daisy's accused rapist is a freshman. Very thought-provoking, and certainly in strict adherence to the law.

If things had been done this way in Steubenville, perhaps the case wouldn't still be an open, bleeding sore right now. The article puts forth the contention that part of the healthier discussion of Maryville comes from survivors who released their names to the public, something that not every survivor can do, nor should we demand it of them. None of us knows how much we can bear and how much we can say, or who we can say it too, until it happens to us personally. The Steubenville survivor has not come forward. That may or may not be the tipping point, but I would never force someone to do so. I would hope none of us would do so.

And I'm not sure I agree that this is the difference with the two cases. The Colemans say they have gotten support from most of the people in the town and from the school, some things that appear to have been missing in Steubenville. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for something good to come out of so much bad.

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