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The terrible injustice of same-sex ‘marriage’: my story

first_imgLifeSiteNews 26 March 2013I saw an “ALL love is equal!” graphic posted up and down my news feed on Facebook this morning.  It’s designed to strike a chord with a person’s sense of justice and compassion, of course; quick and manipulative slogans are the fodder of politics – and fools.  …My whole extended family on my father’s side is for redefining marriage and against anyone who thinks otherwise.  I qualify that with “my father’s side” because it is the loss of my father that makes my story just as relevant to the debate as that of the woman wanting to marry her girlfriend. He passed away in 1997 suddenly – a ski accident.   I was thirteen; my brothers were eight and four.  We were devastated, of course.  And, although the youngest was too young at the time of our loss to remember or miss our dad, he joins the rest of us in suffering the absence of a father.  Not just a parental unit, a father.  Another mother – even two more – would not have remedied what we lacked; we needed a man. My mom did a great job, but she’d be the first one to say that it isn’t a slight to single mothers to say that fathers are needed.  Any time she attempted to assume a fatherly demeanor, it backfired.  We would either talk back or laugh at her, clearly lacking a healthy fear of “when Dad comes home.”  I have a vague memory of what that means, but I’m convinced my brothers have no point of reference. Equally, children need mothers.  Mothers and fathers compliment one another in the raising of children.  The absence of one or the other (or both) has a devastating effect on children.  That is why “ALL love is equal” slogans really rub me raw.  Children are poised to suffer a severe injustice – one that I suffered – for pithy slogans and the idea that adults have a right to children. It’s the other way around: children have a right to a mother and a father.  If either is absent, the child suffers. My brothers suffered the absence of a father most noticeably in their transition into adulthood.Not enough people are hearing the stories of the children raised without a mother and a father.   It is a serious story with consequences much more devastating than that of same-sex couples not being able to marry or adopt. Throughout history, the human child has been born to a mother and father.  It is our design and the means by which human societies have grown and flourished.  Therefore, it is an injustice of our fallen world that any child should lose a parent while young, but to say that this loss is no loss at all compounds the damage.  This is what redefining marriage does.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-terrible-injustice-of-same-sex-marriage-my-storylast_img read more

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Dominican Authors Release The Flying Crapaud Collective 2020

first_img Tweet The story: Free but cannot agree– A man time travels to the future. Share DELROY NESTA WILLIAMS is a writer/poet whose short stories can be found in the Caribbean anthology, Jewels of the Caribbean (Hair On My Chest), published by Potbake Productions and in the 29th Volume of The Caribbean Writer (The Bond) which was shortlisted for the David Hough Prize. His poem (Walcott, I finally get you) was published in the journal “Interviewing the Caribbean” in 2017. He won Dominica’s Independence Celebrations Literary Prize for Short Story in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017 and English poetry in 2019. His list of publications include: The Duppy Thursday series (Akashic Books); A Woman of Roseau, (Capitals 2017). He also participated in the Cropper Foundation in Trinidad and Tobago annual writer’s retreat in June/July of 2016, Callaloo Journal’s writer’s retreat at UWI Barbados in 2017, international screenwriters MasterClass (ScriptoKarib), and he is currently a member of the Nature Island Literary Festival management committee. Williams hopes to publish his second book of poetry, “Moods and Attitudes” in 2020, and commence a series of short films in the near future. The story: Tropic Love – Two classmates discover love one summer, Share Tyler George : Tyler George is an eighth-grader. He is of Dominican parentage and lives in Texas. Tyler loves to read and likes to write short stories. He particularly loves cars and hopes to be a NASCAR driver someday. He has incorporated this passion into his entry, “Midnight Run.” About the Author: Guest Writer; Editor, The Flying CrapaudKristopher Noseworthy is a husband and father whose day job revolves around people learning French. He has a masters in education focusing on the intersectional disadvantages of immigrant communities. Most of his professional career has involved either teaching people how to write, or writing himself. One of his best friends is from the Nature Island (Commonwealth of Dominica), and he wishes he could have spent more time there on his last visit.The story: A Force of Nature– A young man discovers a latent genetic ability About the AuthorCatherine Dorsette is a wife, mother and grandmother. She is the author of 12 published books, and currently resides on Montserrat, where she works with the Government of Montserrat. Sam George began writing short stories from an early age, and is an aspiring writer and lyricist. He is currently co-writer on the hit radio drama series Redemption Road.The story: Horror at Round Pan– A young boy is forced to take a terrifying trip to collect water. Delia Cuffy-Weekes: Delia is the 3rd of 10 children; Agriculturist by profession and qualified Social Worker, she is also a cultural enthusiast, advocate, writer, poet, dancer, mother, sister, wife, grandmother, and dramatist.The story: The Reward: A group of children are told a chilling tale by their grandmother. Jade Lindsay is an Antiguan – Dominican student born in 2002. During Miss. Lindsay’s high school career, she developed an appreciation for English which in turn developed an interest in short story writing. Her interest rapidly bloomed into a casual hobby, where she explores short stories inspired by themes dealing with mental illnesses or horror. She aspires to be an English as a second language teacher. Lionel Levy currently resides in the South Florida area.  Writing has always been his main outlet for stress relief.  Apart from writing, his hobbies include computer programming and attending his son’s football games. The story: Ma Jaime– A young girl sees an apparition who sometimes helps her with homework. About the AuthorNicole Georges-Bennett is a free-lance journalist and radio personality. She is interested in the sci-fi/fantasy genre and self-published a collection of fantasy stories titled, Tales of St.Marts. The story: Spirits of the Mango Tree- A boy has an alien encounter at an infamous mango tree. The story: The Abattoir- A young woman is haunted by a creature of legend. The story: Trapped– A wife writes of her mental suffering The story: The Road to Chemin Letang: A man on a remote mountain path suddenly realises he is not alone. The stories: Robot Fido- An elderly couple try a robotic pet as a companion. The Supermarket– A woman tries to shop ethicallycenter_img EntertainmentLifestyleLocalNews Dominican Authors Release The Flying Crapaud Collective 2020 by: – March 10, 2020  Roy Sanford was born in the Kalinago Territory in Dominica. A journalist and writer, he studied at the Salybia Government School, the St. Andrews High School (now North East Comprehensive) in Londonderry and St. John’s University in New York.He has written for a number of publications in the US, was a journalist at the Jamaica Gleaner, and Editor of Dominica News Online for almost ten years.Sanford has written a book of short stories called “Three Nights Later, the Soukouyan on the Roof and Other Stories,” and is presently working on another collection. He is the third of five children, is married and father to one son. The stories: Mon sé mèt ou! (I am your master!))- A scorned lover plans supernatural revenge Laudat Village– a trip home from a community meeting leads to a horrifying encounter. The story: She’s Not Little –  A young boy meets his favourite fairytale character but she is not as he imagined. Sharing is caring! About the Author Ronald Deschamps, aka Ron Dee. Ron has been part of the Dominica Arts and Cultural Movement from the early days of People’s Action Theatre. Ron participated in stage plays, dance interpretations and radio drama. As an artist and illustrator, he has collaborated with a number of well known writers on various books. Notably Giftus John and Ras Mo Moses. A writer and poet, Ron has developed the largest gathering of Dominican Poets worldwide on the Facebook platform, Domnichen Poetic Circle. Professionally, Ron continues to work as an architect/designer in NYC.  About the AuthorKristine Simelda was born in the US, but has been a citizen of the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica for the past twenty-five years. During that time she has written and published three adult novels—A Face in the River, River of Fire, and Nobody Owns the Rainbow, as well as a novella for young adults, Back to the River. Her short fiction has appeared in St Somewhere Journal; New African Journal of Politics, Culture and Politics; Jewels of the Caribbean; Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing; The Caribbean American Heritage Literary Magazine; Interviewing the Caribbean; WomanSpeak; Caribbean Women: New Voices, Emerging Perspectives;  thrice on Akashic’s Duppy Thursday, and in the Caribbean Folio of Anomaly Magazine, Issue 28. She is the co-founder of Waitukubuli Writers, a group of aspiring poets and writers based in Dominica. Her website is www.kristinesimelda.wordpress.com A group of Dominican authors have released the first edition of a fantasy, folklore and sci-fi anthology, titled “The Flying Crapaud Collective”.  “The Flying Crapaud contains short stories from sixteen authors, who range in writing experience from youths to published authors, and who write in different genres.Co-editor of the collection, Nicole Georges-Bennett explains what ties the authors and stories together is Dominican culture, “All of our authors are Dominicans, with a shared interest in the Nature isle’s culture, heritage, and our storytelling traditions. We are a collective bound by our love for Dominica, and our work is deeply informed by that culture. So while some of the stories are typical of our traditional folklore, readers will also be introduced to new concepts and characters that evolve out of that aesthetic.”The Flying Crapaud Collective is being promoted as a collection of stories that embrace both the weird and the wonderful. The authors include award winning authors like Delroy “Nesta” Williams, Kristine Simelda, Roy Sanford, Catherine Dorsette, Delia Cuffy-Weekes, Nicole Georges-Bennett; Sharon Dorival, Sam George, Dorothy Leevy, Lionel Levy, Ronald Deschamps, Alicia Le Bruin, and youth writers, Jade Lindsay, Hezron Dorival and Tyler George. The Flying Crapaud Collective is edited by Kristopher Noseworthy, who also contributed a story to the book.The stories, are primarily based on fantasy:  A boy is too terrified to collect water from a nearby river; A girl receives homework help from an apparition; A man on a remote mountain path suddenly realises he is not alone; A young woman is haunted by a creature of legend; A teacher tries to discover the truth behind a village folktale; A scorned lover plots supernatural revenge, amongst other bizarre tales.The Flying Crapaud is now available for sale on Amazon.com, on Kindle e-books, and on www.theflyingcrapaud.com. 119 Views   no discussions Contributing Authors (TFC 2020) Share Hezron Dorival is a middle school student who enjoys writing, and entering writing contests via Freedom with Writing. Although I haven’t won any of contests yet my zeal for writing has not died, but rather it has been enhanced. I have learned so much by taking part in these writing contests. The story: The snake up on the mountain– A boy goes on a vengeful hunt  for a monster.. Alicia LeBruin hails from the beautiful Village of Calibishie. She is a 25 year-old. mother of two and an aspiring author. Writing has always been her passion and ignites the spark within her. Alicia has been writing ever since she could hold a pen, but only recently begun publicly sharing her work. Her dream is to publish her work. In 2016 I started a Facebook page showcasing my work which are mainly poems highlighting Dominican lifestyle, culture and situations. Her latest project is a short novel based in her village which she hopes to complete and release in 2020. The story: Midnight Run– A high octane car race has high stakes. Dorothy Leevy is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she pursued studies in English language and Literature with French and psychology as minors. She served as the first Lay principal of the Dominica Convent High School for 21 years. Though she retired in 2004, she is still actively involved in church and community where she gives voluntary service. She is married to Alfred Leevy and they have four children.The story: The Teacher, The Dog and The Girl– A teacher seeks the truth behind a village folktale.  Sharon Dorival writes stories about her life, friends, and her travels around the world. She writes stories to warm the heart, enlighten and arouse the senses and emotions, teach and awaken sensory delights.last_img read more

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Daily closures planned next week on S.R. 62 for patching work in Jefferson County

first_imgCanaan, IN—INDOT maintenance crews will complete deep patching operations on S.R. 62 next week between C.R. 325 E. and Flatbottom Road in eastern Jefferson County, west of Canaan.The road will close daily at this location from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday, October 7, through Friday, October 11, weather permitting.S.R. 62 will be open to local traffic only. Access to homes within the closure will be maintained.The official detour route for all thru traffic is U.S. 421 to S.R. 129.last_img

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All quiet in NHL CBA talks: League, players association reportedly haven’t held face-to-face meetings in months

first_imgLast September’s mutual decision by the NHL and NHL Players Association not to reopen the current collective bargaining agreement was greeted with relief by hockey fans. The current deal will not expire until September 15, 2022, ensuring three more seasons of labor peace.Leading up to September, the two sides were engaged in what were described as cordial and productive year-long discussions. There was growing hope they might tweak and extend the CBA to 2025, addressing potentially contentious issues such as escrow claw-backs from players’ salaries and participation in future Winter Olympics. One or both sides could also want a cooling-off period after those intense weeks leading up to last September. With the CBA running its course to 2022, the league and the PA have more time to review their positions before returning to the bargaining table.The longer the NHL and NHLPA go without extending the current CBA, the more fans and pundits will fear another lengthy labor spat in the fall of 2022. That could come to pass if one side adopts a more hard-line approach.Up to now, however, they have avoided that tactic and maintain reasonable discussions. That bodes well for a new agreement without rancor or losing part of another season. It just might not come to pass as quickly as originally hoped. On Oct. 16, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported regular discussions were continuing. However, he said Olympic participation remained “a massive roadblock”. While the players remain keen to take part, the league and the team owners don’t consider it essential to their business.NHL power rankings: Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche move up ahead of All-Star WeekendDuring last month’s NHL Board of Governors meetings, The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun reported the two sides weren’t holding CBA sessions with the same fervor or regularity as they had leading up to September. League commissioner Gary Bettman told LeBrun he hoped talks would pick up again soon.Sources with both the NHLPA and NHL suggest both sides are now focused on trying to organize full fledged World Cup of Hockey tournaments in 2024 and 2028.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 10, 2019TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported last week that there has been some recent communication and dialogue between the league and the players’ association. However, there’s been no substantive discussions or face-to-face meetings since September. McKenzie dismissed the notion of a deal being completed as early as the upcoming All-Star game.“I wouldn’t hold my breath,” he said. While McKenzie thinks they’re looking at a four-year extension, he believes there’s still a lot of work to do.Pessimists accustomed to the long, acrimonious history of labor negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA will assume another work stoppage is on the horizon, but it’s important not to leap to any conclusions. The fact both sides agreed not to opt-out of the current CBA remains a positive step, as were their frequent discussions through most of 2019.There’s a lot at stake for both sides between now and September 2022. Seattle’s entry into the league in 2021 should provide a significant boost to league revenue, in turn assuring healthy increases to the salary cap and the players’ paychecks. Same goes for a new U.S. television contract expected to be signed next year. Those factors alone make it vital for both sides to avoid another work stoppage.The issues of escrow, the Olympics, post-career health benefits and ongoing clarification on what qualifies as hockey-related revenue remain very important to the players. The league, meanwhile, could attempt to clamp down on front-loaded contracts and those heavy with signing bonuses. Some of those matters will require more time to find suitable solutions.last_img read more

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