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A woman as Secretary General of the UN? Diplomats laugh at the idea. But Pilar Marti rises above their doubts and takes on the job.
The big five, the security council – Russia, France, Britain, the US and China — veto a proposal to help starving people in Somalia. Pilar responds by proposing to get rid of the big five. Logic is on her side – rule by five is undemocratic. However, power and money stand against her. The Washington elite react to her ideas with intrigue, diplomatic maneuvers, and ultimately attempts on her life.

In 1965 a young priest had a choice to make. Stand by his convictions and participate in a march in Selma, Alabama or tread softly and abide by the orders from his superiors? Ed Griffin has spent his life on the outside, waging a war against social injustices.

Young Catholic priest, JP Lacey, finds himself falling in love with a young woman, Caitlin O’Neil, who helps him with youth in the parish. Everything he learned in the seminary tells him this is wrong. Caitlin, likewise, learned that falling in love with a priest was a deadly sin. A dynamic union organizer has proposed to Caitlin, while a wild ex-nun shows JP one way to leave the priesthood, while a self-educated church janitor counsels a different way.

Taking a Break

Posted: November 2, 2014 by Ed Griffin in Uncategorized

I’ve had prostate cancer for eighteen years. Recently, it took a turn for the worse, draining me of energy. The Vancouver Cancer Agency has a special clinic devoted to prostate cancer. My doctor there put me on a new trial medication which hopefully will reduce the cancer. As with all such medications the first side effect is fatigue, and this time they weren’t kidding.

I hope to return to writing these two blogs in the near future. Thank you for your continued support.

Ed

It seems to me that I am always criticizing our prison system. But yesterday I had a very positive experience in a local pre-trial center.

I had the privilege of taking a famous writer to this facility. As you probably know, pretrial facilities separate people, so that those who were in a crime together cannot work on their stories. As a result there are many separate sections in pretrial, and they can’t be mixed.

The famous writer did not object to speaking to only two of the six or so units. She was her usual engaging, personal self. Nothing was a problem for her, having her picture taken with the men, moving through all the heavy metal doors, and repeating her talk three times, twice to the men and once to the staff.

Everyone was in a good mood. Was it her charm? Was it the fact of having a NYTimes best seller visit them? Was it that I only saw a small segment of the staff and of the inmates?

Whatever, the morning was filled with laughter and good cheer. There are staff who are human beings and inmates who know how to get along with staff.

It was a lesson for a critical person like me.

300 convicts and their families are shipped to a remote Alaskan island. An island with dangerous winds and no escape. Fighting against hardened criminals and the lethal menace of the wind, one man tries to build a society. Or at least survive…

Prison officials are experts at euphemism. Just a reminder as to what euphemism is:

The substitution of an inoffensive term for one considered offensively explicit, as in

Pre-owned for used or second-hand

Enhanced interrogation for torture

Wind for belch or fart

Convenience fee for surcharge

“Neutralize” for “kill”

 

Correctional Centers for prisons. Very few get ‘corrected.’

Convicted offenders are called ‘inmates,’ labeling them as institutionalized and powerless, instead of calling them ‘prisoners.’

‘Feeding Time” is for prisoners. ‘Meal Time’ is for staff.

Guards are just that, they keep prisoners from escaping.

They are not ‘correctional officers,’ living unit officers, classification officers etc.

For more on this, see the latest edition of Out of Bounds, from the prisoners at William Head Prison, page 23

I, for one, fail many times to avoid the euphemisms associated with prison. It’s something to work on.