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alphonsus murgatroyd
Location: Australia
Gender: Female
Born: 1947
Interests: reading, politics, writing (my own and other people's), family, friends.
Member: Standard
Joined: August 2014
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I am an adult literacy trainer by profession, but I was made redundant in 2013. As an unrepentant wordsmith, I look forward to putting some of my thoughts into writing now that I have the time. The demons of enforced unemployment can best be kept at bay via meaningful activity - for me that isn't golf, or knitting, or bingo, it's keeping the brain cells active!
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darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. (Martin Luther King)
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alphonsus murgatroyd: Greetings writers,
For a couple of days my laptop will be in for repairs, so I will not have access to the Fanstory website for what I hope will be only a short while. Apologies in advance to any reviewers or correspondents, I haven't left the building, I will just be incommunicado until my laptop is repaired. Meantime, keep writing!
Cheers AM
July 1, 2015 at 12:39AM

alphonsus murgatroyd: Hello FanStory writers
As I and so many others have watched in horror the news stories coming out from Paris, I have wondered - what is it about a person with a head full of ideas, a pen in hand, and a blank sheet of paper to doodle on that provokes such murderous hatred in the hearts of some fundamentalist believers? If it is fear, what are they afraid of? Why are they so implacably opposed to any world view that differs from their own simplistic understanding of reality?

I don't pretend to have answers to these questions, but I have learned something from the events of the last few days - fear and death will not silence the voices nor still the pens of those who see it as both their right and their responsibility to scrutinize, satirize and cut down to size pompous and stupid ideas.

As a human being, I feel a strong sense of outrage at what has happened in Paris. And as a writer, I also acknowledge with pride the bravery and the solidarity of all those who have said, as I do now, 'Je suis Charlie.'
January 10, 2015 at 12:03AM
    Imogen JH: As a human being. I wonder why this magazine continued causing gross offence for no reason other than because they could.
    Respect is a two way street. But the French have consistantly forgot that.
    A awful crime but you reap what you Sow.
    January 10, 2015 at 7:11AM
    pipersfancy: What about the unarmed Canadian reservist who was gunned down while standing guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa this past October, or the unarmed reservist leaving work to go home in Montreal who was deliberately run down and killed that same week... these things were done by young men professing to act in the name of ISIL. Or, the people killed or maimed during the running of the Boston Marathon two years ago, targeted by young men also professing to be acting on the authority of Islam.

    What about the tens of thousands of Muslims being targeted and killed in their own countries for practicing the wrong sect of Islam?

    What gross offense have any of these victims caused? What actions of theirs have been so disrespectful that they should reap such harsh and final actions?

    I respectfully must disagree with the posters response. Of course respect is a two-way street. But violence and death must not be part of any equation. It is only being used as a tool to intimidate and terrorize, by a small faction of individuals who choose to take offense with any, and everything, that is in some way opposed to a very skewed ideology they hold.
    January 10, 2015 at 9:40AM
    Julia.: @Imogen: Reap what you sow? Really? You think it is appropriate that people be killed simply for publishing--or working with/for people who published--something that some people find offensive? Sorry, in a civilized society, we do not kill or condone the killing of others for the expression of ideas.
    January 10, 2015 at 12:47PM

alphonsus murgatroyd: Hello FanStory. I chanced upon this site via Winning Writers and it looks really good. Strange - I always seem to have plenty of ideas about what I want to write, until I sit down to do the writing! Do others have this happen to them? I'm hoping that the prompts will help here.
August 30, 2014 at 10:15PM
    DR DIP: WELL COME ON WOMAN! pull ya finger out and get writing I am so looking forward to seeing your work with your credentials it should be a masterpiece
    August 31, 2014 at 10:53PM
    NurseBarb: Welcome alphonsus. I'm happy you found this site. You will have fun, however it can be addicting. lol
    October 8, 2014 at 9:05AM
    rama devi: Congrats on placing in the non-fiction contest and warm welcome to FS. :)
    October 29, 2014 at 10:26AM

 
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Saying Goodnight to Arthur. finished second in the contest "Non-Fiction Writing Contest"
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