Friday, 21 November 2008

Sorry I've been AWOL. That old chronic fatigue thing decided to raise its ugly head and I've needed all my meager energy just to make sure the bills get paid and that there's food in the house. Anything else is extra.

Along with the writing I haven't been doing, and discovering that my crit group found my opening chapter very confusing (nothing like a good crit group to prevent you from making a fool of yourself), I have also been keeping a bit of an eye on the world, which hasn't helped much in lifting my spirits.

Zimbabwe continues to suffer in its Mugabe-created hell. When I think of the hope that they must have felt when he first came to power, my heart aches for them.

I continue to try to ignore what's going on in Russia, as the country cheerfully and willingly marches back to a totalitarian, belligerent dictatorship. It makes you wish Fukuyama had been right, although I never believed for a single second that he was. Equilibrium is something that humanity never lives in, just a point we pass through on our pendulum swings.

How long before somebody decides enough is enough and takes over Somalia?

On a lighter note, expose Americans to Canadian football long enough, and they will never go back...
But Haddox, and about a half-dozen of her Baltimore buddies, couldn't let go of their passion for high-scoring, wide-open Canadian football and have continued to get their fix by making Grey Cups trips an annual ritual.

What's on your mind lately?


Janna Qualman said...

Too much has been on my mind, as with you. This month goes down in my personal history book as the most overwhelming ever.

Hugs to you!

Melanie Avila said...

I keep thinking about the pirates off the coast of Africa (that's where they are, right?) It seems so bizarre that pirates still exist. We had a big discussion about them yesterday and how they keep attacking & demanding ransoms because people keep paying.

If I concentrate on everything you mentioned I'll have to join you in your fatigue. :)

Janet said...

Janna, take it from me, a single overwhelming month is nothing. Just know when to cut yourself some slack.

Melanie, yes, it does seem weird that piracy has become an international front-page story, doesn't it? And it goes to show, along with Afghanistan, how failed states can mess things up for everybody else too.

Travis Erwin said...

You should read my buddy Alex Keto's blog. Once upon a time he was a foreign journalist over there and he often blogs about Africa and Zimbabwe.

Janet said...

Travis, I do actually. But he's been awfully quiet lately.


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