Authors for Grenfell Tower

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I’ve never liked tower blocks. I had a friend who lived on the 13th floor of what used to be called a “hard to let” block in east London. She loved the view from her balcony, and kept flowerpots tethered in five unblowoffable ways to the railings, but even stepping on to it made me feel weak at the knees. Perhaps my knees were already weak when I arrived, because I always used to walk up the stairs. The lift was creaky and claustrophobic. Supposing it got stuck? Supposing someone scary got in it with you?

Fire 3 Cuttings from the “I”, “The Guardian” and the “Evening Standard”‘ June 17th & 19th 2017

Even posh tower blocks – skyscrapers, rather, penthouses, high rise living and the other more affluent synonyms – worry me. The only time I visited New York, I was less scared sleeping on the 34th floor than I’d anticipated…

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Jadav Payeng: One man makes a difference by planting a forest in India

Toward a greener India.

Life & Soul Magazine

Jadav Payeng has single-handedly been planting hundreds of trees on an Indian island threatened by erosion. He started in 1979 and today he has planted a forest larger than New York’s Central Park.

The native Majuli islander has dedicated his life to planting trees on the island, creating a forest that was left a barren wasteland after deforestation.

Majuli Island, nestled in Northeast India next to the Brahmaputra River, is a giant sandbar that happens to be the largest river island on Earth, home to some 150,000 people. It is now home to the 1,360 acre Molai Forest, one of the most unusual woodlands in the world for the fact that it was planted by a single man.

While home to such a large population, rapidly increasing erosion over the last 100 years has reduced the land mass of Majuli Island to less than half.

Jadav Payeng’s work has been credited with…

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Running – the risk of dying

A great post about life and death.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Death: Paul Kidby

“Running just a few minutes a day reduces risk of dying”


Such was the headline on the news item that morning.

Now, I don’t run. There is a certain top-heaviness in the curves department that has always made running feel ungraceful for me. It holds few attractions unless it is barefoot through heather or snow when I don’t actually give the proverbial monkey’s about being graceful. I have huge admiration, and a certain amount of jealousy for those who can and do run, but personally, I’ve always preferred to get my exercise in other ways. But hey, if it is going to ‘reduce the risk of dying’…

Except, it isn’t… and the journalist who wrote that wants to be given some fundamental lessons in the mechanics of life. Because the one thing that is absolutely, unquestionably, unarguably certain is that dying is not a risk… it…

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Back On The Campaign Trail …

Some of what’s being done with our money in the U.S.

Filosofa's Word

Donald Trump is once again out on the campaign trail … on our dime and time.  This time the venue was Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where the local paper, the Gazette, placed an ‘Open Letter’ to Trump on its front page.  A few highlights:

The last time you visited us, you were a candidate for the presidency. Now, you’re the commander in chief. And you’ll no doubt be happy to know interviews by Gazette reporters show some of the local voters who supported you are still in your corner, even after your rocky start. [emphasis added]

It’s always a big deal when a president comes to town. But we couldn’t help but notice the main event of your trip today is a campaign rally. Mr. President, the campaign is over. You won. Now is not the time to rally. Now is the time to sell your policies, listen to Americans with…

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The US Senate’s Republican Health Care Bill Under Consideration Is “Fool’s Gold”

Latest information on the Health Care bill

Gronda Morin

Image result for PHOTOS OF 13 SENATORS WORKING ON AHCAUS Senate republicans are operating under the premise that they have to pass their AHCA healthcare act, which was recently formed over a two month time span in secret, with only 13 White male senate members at the helm.

The followers of the republican Donald Trump have been demanding the repeal of Obamacare with a replacement policy, not because this is what most Americans want, but because of those voters who hate anything accomplished by the prior democratic President Barack Obama. And I could live with this if the replacement policy did what the president promised his supporters which was to provide them with better quality healthcare coverage to more peoples at a lower cost.

Image result for PHOTOS OF 13 SENATORS WORKING ON AHCABut it appears that the president’s followers really do not care about this healthcare proposal, his playing footsies with the Russians, his conflict of interest issues, etc., as long as he destroys whatever the former…

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#amwriting: Writing a Short Story to a Theme

Great information on writing short stories.

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Writing short stories is both difficult and easy. They are easy because you can keep it simple, just a few characters, one problem, and an overarching theme that runs through the whole thing.

However, they are difficult because of those same constraints.

What are the main considerations when writing a short story?

Plot Structure, or the way the story is arranged:

  1. the setup
  2. the obstacle
  3. the turning point
  4. the resolution/outcome

The Set-up: You must have a good hook. In some cases, the first line is the clincher, but especially in a short story, by the end of the first page, you must have your reader hooked and ready to be enthralled.

The theme, or the core of the plot, an idea-thread that runs through a story from the opening pages to the end. Theme binds the four primary elements of characters, conversations, actions, and reactions. Theme is…

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Dear Resistance: It Is Time To Man The Phones, Call The US Senators About The AHCA Bill

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Gronda Morin

Image result for photos of 4th july celebrations in washington dcD-Day for the passage of the republican (AHCA) healthcare bill by the US Senate, is set for just before July 4, 2017. This is not a bill that this country wants for its birthday celebration gift. Talk about, “bah-humbug!

By now, most of us, as part of the resistance have heard that for almost two months, 13 republican senators (no women or Black members welcomed) have been working on a SECRET health care bill, based mostly on the AHCA Bill passed by the US House of Representatives and which only 17% of the public favored. Even their fellow republican senate colleagues would have you believe that they are also in the dark about the contents of this bill.

Image result for photos of the 13 senators working on ahcaLed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the 13 architects/ senators  of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — also known as Trumpcare —have yet to release a text of its work…

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