How Can Pagans Help Haiti?

Well despite the mad ravings of Pat Robertson who claims the place was cursed by God….the rest of us can look beyond such rubbish and chip in.

But how? How do you know what charity you can give to that will put your money to good use? What if you don’t have any money because of the recession….you can barely scrounge up the kids lunch money much less donate some invisible cash?

Relax….there are still things that you can do.

 

If you have the money to donate, here is a great NON-PROFIT organization I found called : Vodou Aid (link: http://vodouaid.org) I quote the one that passed it onto me:

Vodou Aid was formed precisely because the evangelical Christian churches in Haiti abuse food aid, give it only to their inner circle, sell it for profit, and preach that their possession of food is proof that God wants them to live and the Vodouisant 90% majority to die. I’m not making this up, it’s why we do VodouAid! It’s run by Vodouisants, but we give food to everyone,
medical care to anyone, according to our means. If I could feed every man, woman and child in Jacmel, evangelicals included, I would. We’ve already raised about $3000, and my goal is $5000 now and $5000 over the next three months. We pay no salaries. We have no overhead other than the fee MoneyGram charges to send the money. We have people in Haiti that receive the money, buy food wholesale and distribute it, accompany the sick or injured to the doctor and cover the doctor bill and the prescriptions, whatever it takes. We had already stockpiled water and food in anticipation of hurricanes, which weren’t so bad this year, but now our stockpile is exhausted.
Peace and love,
Mambo Racine

Now if that doesn’t seem like your kind of donating place or you don’t have money to give…then there are ways for you to contribute to those in need. Simply contact your local fire department and or Red Cross. I am sure there are even churches in your area that might be taking up collections. Now go dig in the attic, basement, closets, call relatives and ask them what they have.

Pillows, blankets, children’s clothes, old clothes that you may have, canned food, water, shampoo, soap, bottles of alcohol, Q-tips, (women personal items), conditioner, peroxide, pillows, AND THE LIST goes on and on…..there are TONS of things we have, that we have stashed away, forgotten about, will never use again, will never need again that we can send to those in Haiti.

So if you are one of the thousands who have absolutely no cash to spare….you don’t have to sit there and feel hopeless like you can do nothing. You can make a donation of something else…YOU can matter…YOU can make a difference—

 

And please light a candle for those in Haiti….

The Case of the Ginger Cat

Morningstar

Amused & confused LOL.

I’ve been trying to write this novel, set here where I live, for a while now. Got loads of notes, background and research but could never really get “the off”! It happened the other night night, I just took off and got the firtst 2.5K words into the laptop just like that. It’s now up to about 8K this morning.

It’s very different to how I had thought it would be! For a start, I’d imagined it being a teen-novel. It’s not. It definitely wants to stay in my mystery/romance/magic vein. I don’t mind, I’m just surprised. And … so far … I’m writing it in the first person. And from the male POV! Not done that before.

It throws you right in at the deep end with a shapeshifter doing his shift in the first 10 lines! He, Martin, is the hero … and very sexy as well as nice and magic and all that crap. She’s fun too – Jenni, the heroine. It’s her learning curve we follow in the mainstream but, of course, Martin has lots of learning to do too. As does the secondary hero, Duffy, who has rather a shock when he wakes out of a 1500 yr sleep into the 21st cetury! Poor lad! He seems not only to be a tramp in this century/incarnation but … well, no spoilers, all will be revealed IDC.

I’m enjoying it and, as I said, it is different. Writing in the first person has a lot of challeneges including the obvious two … you only have one POV and the hero cannot die, else who is it talking. The latter’s OK as I didn’t plot Martin to die but only having his POV is more difficult. The story itself is carrying me along so far so I’m sticking with and writing as much as I can every day. Who else writes in the first person? How do you find it?

In the meantime, hope you’re enjoying Moon Song. As I said the other day, Moon Song is out now and available at
http://stores.lulu.com/elensentier  both as a book and an e-book. It will soon be out on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Bowdler Books for all bookshops.

PS – the pic is of my cat Morningstar (now gone to the Happy Mouse-Hunting Centre in the sky).  He’s the “hero” of the story – in his shifted form.  LOL