I just don’t see why anyone in their right mind would camp outside a store all night to shop in a frenzied environment with people grabbing, pushing, and acting like they would die if they didn’t get that last sale item on the shelf. The suffering, hardship, and trouble they put themselves through is completely senseless. Not to mention the money spent, usually on things they don’t really need, that would be so much better spent if it were donated to people in need all over the world.
Does anybody really need all those things that businesses try to unload on us during these megasales? All it does is engender more crass commercialism, morbid materialism, and unbridled greed. Most of the time, these businesses just want to get rid of merchandise to make room for more new merchandise. Shame on them for even thinking up these insane inane events. They’ve already made their profit, this is all icing on the cake. They sell with “take it or leave it” and “no return no exchange” policies so whatever you get, you’re stuck with. Sometimes, you don’t even really use what you get. You get it just because it was such a good bargain you can’t pass it up. But if you didn’t need it in the first place, it might just sit in your basement or attic or garage or closet forever. In which case, it’s money wasted.
What if big businesses unloaded all that surplus merchandise on people and countries that really needed it? It’s called DONATING. So many people around the world have lost their homes and everything in them to natural disasters. So many people around the world don’t have clothes or shoes. So many people around the world don’t have food to eat or clean water to drink. So many people around the world don’t have a house of their own. It’s a shocking imbalance of wealth and those who throw away their money on more of things they already own have their priorities seriously scrambled. They need a big knock on the head. A really big one that will knock some sense into them and stop this madness.
I wrote this piece before Remembrance day but forgot to post it here. Still, the sentiment hasn’t changed.
Remembrance Day is just a couple of days away and once again, Canadians will visit their War Memorials to pay their respects to those who fought and died for peace and freedom. It’s just ironic that to achieve peace, governments find the need to wage war. What is more ironic is that, while we honour those who fought and died as soldiers, we forget those who stayed home to keep things running, those who sat silently and patiently waiting for their loved ones to return, those who humbly accepted folded flags in exchange for their loved ones’ lives, those who live on with nowhere to run, no one to turn to, no help from a government that is more concerned with what it can gain for itself than what it can give to its people. Is it because those who are living aren’t crying out loud enough that the government pays no attention? Where are the PEACE, ORDER, and GOOD GOVERNMENT that our motto promises? Our government, on all levels, puts to waste the sacrifices made by our Veterans and their families, the sacrifices made by all families during the wars that have been and the wars that are. The government celebrates them one day out of every year but throws dirt over their stones the rest of the year. One day, we will see only the dirt that besmirches the memorials, staining them worse than the spilled blood that stained the fields of war.
What are amulets?
Amulet – from the Latin amuletum, literally, something that offers protection, and can be found in any form–from gems to statues, to even plants and animals.
Purists might argue that the amulets in The Lost Amulets are more of talismans (bring luck, benefits, and protection). As a matter of fact, the amulets in my book offer the greatest form of protection–not only for the owner, but for specific things in nature. Admittedly, I did not expound on the protective aspects of the amulets in my book and will be revealing more about them in the next book, The Amulet of Fire.
In The Lost Amulets, the third object, the spear of Anlabban, is a magical spear, a talisman that offers protection as well, rather than an amulet. I have to admit that the Amulet of the Tides also behaves rather more like a talisman. But then, I am not a purist–I’m a FANTASY FICTION writer!
Hey, everyone! You’re all invited to listen to my live radio interview in Vancouver on 93.1 REDFM or online on Sunday, November 10, 7:30 a.m. Vancouver time (10:30 a.m. PEI time).
Here is the link to the REDFM website, this is the Vancouver station – http://vancouver.redfm.ca/
All you need to do is click on “listen live” when The Filipino Edition is on.
And another review message – thanks Fay!
Just finished Amulets and am soooo impressed! Written very fluidly; but then I am not surprised after all YOU penned it. Grateful and proud that you chose to showcase our culture to young readers all over the world. Secretly intrigued by the choice of names for the supporting cast, as well as the locations–I try to associate them with things and places that I know (being Filipino). Frustrated that I have to wait for the succeeding editions–how many more books are there to be in this series? Congrats, Cindy! More! More!
Oh, p.s. I liked the use of Filipino in the dialogue, too. (Tasu Wey says “Inutil” out of anger.) Might we see more of this in the coming books, please?
-Fay Balderas Ejercito
Sharing another message:
I finally got around to reading your book. I just purchased the kindle edition after reading the sample. I could have waited a few more days so I could read your book for free with my amazon subscription but 5 days is too long for me. I guess you could tell I liked your book.
…I’m not done reading the book but it stirs my imagination !!!!