In lieu of my normal blog, I want to take the opportunity to share a post from another list regarding Hurricane Gustav. Lynn is a dog breeder who lives in New Orleans, she and her family and dogs weather Katrina just 3 years ago, and are again evacuating in the face of this new storm.
Lynn shares some links and advice on donating time and money toward the pending disaster. Many hard lessons were learned after Katrina, and we don't want to see a repeat of those mistakes.
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 01:16:42 -0500From:
Lynn Szymurski Subject: Gustav links foraide & support
Hi all,I've put this together very hurriedly tonight to send out to those of =you that have requested info regarding Gustav and the links I promised. =I hope this will answer your questions and inquiries for you, and I will =forward more on as I locate them. I really need to think about packing, =but too much on my mind for that.
This is a nationwide website where you may select a state and find out =ways to donate during disasters that affect any part of the state. The =link for LA is listed below. You may find access on how to donate =financial support, products and how to volunteer to help.
FEMA's Hurricane Gustav links and timelines regarding new releases: =http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/2008/gustav/index.shtm
Thankfully, in 2006, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards =(PETS) Act mandates FEMA to ensure all state and local emergency plans =address the needs of individuals with household pets and service =animals. Good article at this link: =http://ohsep.louisiana.gov/newsrelated/petplan70908.htm =20
Great website for the entire United States in preparing for any type of =disaster. Contains links on how to evacuate during every possible =scenario, gives listings of every state's contact information and phone =numbers during emergency situations. Everyone should have this website =bookmarked: http://www.ready.gov/america/index.html
For volunteer work in LA: =http://www.volunteerlouisiana.gov/1800Vol/OpenIndexAction.do
For product donations and details of what is actually needed, this =webpage will list the items needed, when needed by, etc.
This is the legitimate site of links to legitimate nonprofits in =Louisiana and secure ways to donate. =http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/CashDonations/Default2.aspx?ST=3DLouisian=a
Thank you for your support and concern for us. It is greatly =appreciated....Permission to crosspost granted.
Siberianly,Lynn SzymurskiRichlynn SiberiansNew Orleans,
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Monday, August 18, 2008
Rose Lee was a wonderful character to create, in fact, if you scroll down to "Alpha Bitches and Little Dragons" you will find a little more information about how she came to be.
Arad Soheil? He was literally a mystery even as he first stepped into the story.
This seems to be typical for my writing, a story, a heroine (or hero) and a shadowy love interest who refuses to speak until they actually enter the story.
Arad is a wonderfully complex character, riddled with fears, grief and self-contempt that he certainly doesn't deserve. Odd, even Arad knows that his thinking has become twisted, yet can do nothing about it.
Well, nothing until Rose Lee enters his life!
Following a devastating injury, Detective Rose "Little Dragon" Lee takes a courier job to make payments on her ship. The job was easy...safe...until her ship is captured by the dangerous, war-like Nephris.
Nephris Commander Arad Soheil immediately recognizes his captive as the one person his government would most like to capture and terminate. Arad immediately files a property claim on the dangerous female, making her part of his household. Rose means more to him than a warm body in his bed or a vessel for his children. She holds the key to his freedom and his sanity, to his very life.
Because Arad Soheil is not what he seems, and his time is running out.
Monday, August 4, 2008
I'm trying a new feature for my blog, once a month or so, I'm going to feature my Lovely Man (or Woman) of the month. Usually, its someone that isn't your run of the mill top 40 celeb, but someone from another place, or even time.
My inaugural Lovely Man is Tony Leung Chiu Wai, a major star in Hong Kong and International film. He's starred in such diverse films as "Happy Together," "Hard Boiled," "Lust, Caution," and "Hero." In Hong Kong, Tony is fondly known as Little Tony, or Short Tony, to differentiate from Tony Leung Kar Fai. He was selected as People Magazine's "Sexiest Newcomer" in 2000.
Tony often works with Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, and director Wong Kar-Wai. He's won numerous international awards, including Best Actor at Cannes for "In the Mood For Love."
Tony has proven himself a versitile actor, shining in comedy, historical dramas, martial arts and action movies, and romance. "Hero" particularly showcases Tony's skills, in that film, he plays the heroic warrior Broken Sword, and as the story of the movie is replayed several times from various character's points of view, Broken Arrow is a vastly different person in each telling. (Notice in the two images of Broken Arrow, he is portrayed with different colors. In the movie, they are blue, green, white and red.)
So do yourself a favor, head for your local video store and check out the foreign section. You'll be glad to see this lovely man in action!