Bertrice's Bulletin Board
May 30, 2010
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we be
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
By John McCrae
May 27, 2010
Memorial Day (officially) is Sunday, May 30th. That's when it was celebrated when I was a kid. May 30th, no matter the day of the week. We all bought red paper poppies that we pinned on our clothings to commemorate the sacrifice of America's wardead, and in school recited 'in Flanders fields the poppies grow' that wonderful poem which commemorated the graves of dead American and Allied soldiers from World War I. It was Memorial Day, and old soldiers paraded in honor of their fallen comrades. So this 3 day weekend, people, while you are putting another burger or shrimp on the barbie, take a moment to remember the real meaning of Memorial Day. God bless those men and women who sacrificed themselves for our freedom in all the wars this country has fought. The Revolution. The War of 1812. The Civil War. The Spanish-American War. World Wars I and II. Korea. Vietnam. Desert Storm. Iraq and Afganistan. If I've forgotten any don't take offense. Just put it down to my aging memory. GOD bless America!
May 26, 2010
It's should be no secret that I'm no longer in the first flush of my youth. And with the years come certain surprises, some bad, some good. A few months ago I had an e-mail from someone I hadn't heard from in 40 years. We had been friends in our early 20s, worked together, I'd been a bridesmaid in her wedding. But as so often happens we had eventually lost touch after her 2 sons were born, after she and her first husband divorced. I knew that she had raised her boys as a single mother while getting her college degree, going to law school and becoming a very successful attorney. I thought her very brave.
And then came the e-mail. She was retired, and had been married for almost 16 years to a second husband, a Canadian. They have two homes. One in Florida. One in Canada. My friend asked if it would be possible to visit me on their way north. Of course I said yes. So yesterday I met Linda and Rusty at a local waterside restaurant where we had a lovely lunch. We then returned home and sat on the deck visiting until after 6 o'clock. George while not really remembering Linda enjoyed the visit.
As I write this they are half way across the Long Island Sound on their way to Connecticut. They'll be in Montreal by tonight, and probably home by the weekend. Had she changed any? Well maybe a little. The little gap between her two front teeth is gone. Her hair is lighter. As for me I'm heavier than the wraith of a girl she remembered, and my hair is still dark when maybe it shouldn't be. But she was still Linda. Her husband is a darling and funny man who obviously adores her. And I hope they'll come back again. But I suspect neither of us should wait 40 years for another visit.
May 23, 2010
As those of you who come to my website know I've been using the bulletin board not just to promote my books, and chats, but to grumble a bit. I'll be going back to serious work June 1st so if I'm going to vent over this situation now is the time.
Greed has once again reared its ugly head in the corporate world. 11 men are dead, an ecosystem is being destroyed, a fishing and tourism industry wiped out. When are we going to learn that drilling for oil is not the answer to our energy problems? Eventually all the wells in all the world are going to go dry. Then what? And as each well goes kaput oil will become more valueable, and prices for everything that uses oil will skyrocket. And sure as hell someone is going to start a war if they haven't before then. Hello? Is anybody there? Does anybody care? Or are we going to wait until that day to face the truth? And don't get me started on the coal or nuclear industries where the bottom line is also more important than keeping the workers safe.
I've decided that the difficulty is that the corporations haven't yet figured out how to charge we, the people, for use of the sun. I mean after the solar panels are all up and in place how do you make a profit? And profit is the rationale with the corporate world. Please note. I'm not blaming the U.S. of A. for all of this because just about every corporation including the ones I've worked for are multi-national today even if their headquarters are in New York City.
The plain truth is, people, that we have met the Ferengi, and they is us!
May 22, 2010
History is always being re-written by those who want it to reflect their views. In early times it was written by priests of all faiths. If their countries were successful it was attributed to their God(s). In some cultures women were respected, in others they were temptresses sent to lure, and good only for their ability to procreate. History validates this. As our country, the U.S. of A. grew it was called expansionism by some. Others decided it was imperialism. Apologies must be made for the prior errors of a past generation. No matter that at the time that behavior was considered the norm. History is plain and simple facts. Take everyone's opinion, including mine, with a grain of salt.
I still have friends who believe Henry VIII of England founded the Church of England. The facts are that Henry wanted a divorce from a wife who could not produce a living male heir so he could marry a woman who hopefully could. There was precedence for this in France where several French queens were put aside for the same reason. But unfortunately the wife Henry wanted to divorce didn't want a divorce. And it is said this proud Spanish princess didn't wish to be replaced by a commoner, i.e. Miss Anne Boleyn. The embattled queen's nephew, the Holy Roman Emperor, bottled the Pope up in the Vatican, and the poor man was afraid to rule for Henry, and against Katherine of Aragon. Henry grew impatient, and decided no "foreign Pope" should have dominion over England's church. The Archbishop of Cantebury would be the ecclesiastical head of England's Church. Henry's divorce was granted by English prelates, but Henry remained a devout Roman Catholic, hearing the mass daily, until he died. His bad press came from his enemies and from an outraged Pope. The facts, however, are entirely different from what many believe.
History is not really taught today because it has been decided by some that much of it is politically incorrect. How sad that ignorence should be encouraged by those who claim to want our citizens well educated. And even the great hue and cry of "math and science" has still not done much for our children. Most countries are ahead of the U. S. of A. in the tests. And our kids are forced to take lots of math and science that they will never use again when the school door shuts behind them. The exceptions being those who go into the sciences, engineering, technology, medicine and teaching as a career. But most students don't, and what's worse they have no practical knowledge of stuff like balancing a checkbook, or living within a budget. So we can't stack up to other countries in math and science; most kids don't know where Iraq and Afganistan or even Greece is, and as for Louis XIV, isn't he that new rapper who was partying with those starlets and got arrested?
History is not Social Studies. And no one in Italy has yet to apologize to me for forcing my Celtic ancestors to fight to the death in Rome's arena. I wouldn't want them to because that was then. This is now. Times have changed. But it is said that those who do not learn the lessons of history are condemned to relive them. That's a pretty scary thought, isn't it? But then if you haven't studied history you won't know any better. And those in power today worldwide are hoping for that. Think about it.
May 14, 2010
Just wanted my readers to know I'll be doing Cathy Maxwell's Romance Radio show on Thursday, May 20th at 1:00 p.m. Here is the link for those of you interested. Hope you'll all be there.
A Writer's Life: an interview with the legendary Bertrice Small
Bertrice Small is a legend in the Romance genre; she has penned more than 40 novels - historical romance, fantasy and erotica. (Bertrice relates that she wrote her first novel in rhyme when she was 13. It was about an Inca princess who threw herself from the heights of Macchu Picchu rather than succumb to the advances of an evil Spanish conquistador. High drama from a girl in convent school...but a taste of the sweeping plotlines that fans have come to expect from this beloved mega-bestselling author!) Romance Radio Roving Reporter Cathy Maxwell will interview Bertrice about her career, her novels, and life out on the edge of "the Island."
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Readers can log onto the computer, "register", and hear it over the internet, or call (347) 826-9686 to hear it over the phone. The moderator will ask if the caller wants to ask a question!
May 9, 2010
On Saturday May 8th - the day before the anniversary of many things in my many lives - i.e. the great earthquake in Istanbul during Cyra's time; the first day I met my George back in 1962; the day we bought our first house in 1979 - my RWA chapter did their second annual booksigning for literacy. We set up in the foyer of the Pindar Winery on Main Road in Peconic. Dr. Damianos, founder and owner of Pindar Vineyards had always been very gracious to us, and the cause of literacy. We had a dozen authors of Romance including 2 who came from an RWA chapter in Connecticut, and a handsome NYC fireman named Terry Brody from a firehouse in Queens who writes Romance on the side. Cool guy! We raised almost $500. in just 3 hours all going to Suffolk Literacy. Knowing how to read is really the key to everything good in this world. And many literacy groups have had their budgets cut due to the recession. They need all the help they can get. So lets hear it for RWA, and its eastern Long Island chapter, DUNES AND DREAMS; its president, Gina Ardito, an amazing young woman who pulled all of this together; and a couple of personal friends, Regency author Barbara Metzger of Montauk and Erotic author Thea Divine from Connecticut, who were among those helping to make this a great day.
May 5, 2010
For those of you unable to access the Book Discussion page of my website I apologize. WriterSpace, which hosts www.BertriceSmall.com, had a security breach.
They have had to lock everything down while they do a complete audit of the software. They hope to have me, and all their other clients back on line sometime this week, but there is also the possibility they may have to change out their software for a new, more secure board software. Hang in, ladies. I'm not happy either considering that CROWN OF DESTINY is just out.
May 3, 2010
To all of you ladies out there who watch Showtime's "The Tudors". I recently received an e-mail from a reader who feels the dialogue used in Season 4's first two episodes is very close or possibly the same as dialogue in my novel LOVE, REMEMBER ME. This is probably a coincidence due to the storyline, but if anyone else notices it I hope you will let me know.
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