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January, 2008

Tsunami Relief
There, but for the grace of God, go we all
By  IN House Staff

IN Bolsters Tsunami Relief

South Asia and East Africa currently need your assistance. In the aftermath of the earthquake and resulting tsunamis on December 26th, 2004 there are currently 300,000 people killed by this disaster.

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That death count will continue to rise until the situation is under control and relief plans can be put into place to ward off famine and disease.

Then there will begin the rebuilding of 11 different countries' infrastructures, in various degrees of extreme damage, with years of economic hardship needing to be overcome.

If you would like to help, we invite you to make a financial donation to the American Red Cross using the Amazon Honor System.

One hundred percent of donations made will go to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts.

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- Dec 26th, 2004, 8a.m., Boxing Day, Indian Ocean Time

- Dec 25th, 2004, 8p.m., Christmas Night, Toronto Time

- 150,000 people are about to die

- The death toll will be 80,000 in Northern Sumatra alone

- In an instant millions will be left homeless

- Over the days untold millions wounded, mangled and maimed

Innocent Children


- 10 hours, 2 shock waves of lethal Indian Ocean water

- Both waves traveling at upwards of 700KM/hour or more

- Tsunami is Japanese meaning "harbour wave"

- A single Tsunami is a series of waves, not one wave

- Tsunami's can last for several hours

- Tectonic plates shifting towards each other cause earthquakes which create Tsunamis

- This was the 4th largest earthquake recorded since 1900 worldwide

- This specific, large scale plate movement is called "megathrust fault"

- Size of quake measurement was 9.0 on Richter Scale

- 11 countries hit from Indonesia to Somalia

- The force equaled 20 WWII atomic bombs

- Billions of dollars in economic loss

- Over the days untold millions wounded, mangled and maimed

Tsunami Destruction


- What's next: All affected countries need help to combat deadly diseases

- What's next: Billions of dollars in donations are needed

- What's next: Long-term, prolonged generous financial assistance

- What's next: Massive volunteer human resources required in many areas and countries

- What's next: Rebuilding/repairing infrastructure in 11 countries

International Aid

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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

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A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

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Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

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A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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