Catastrophe (part four)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (four)                   At Basse-Terre, we were reassured. At Pointe we found a thousand Martiniquais refugees, of whom around five hundred had come not wanting to stay at Fort-de-France, for being told it was rendered uninhabitable by the previous […]

Catastrophe (part three)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (part three)                 To report… Now, the fact, at Saint-Pierre, is that these inhabitants wanted to go. And if these seems to you too general, absolutely, take that portion of the inhabitants whose example had the chance of being […]

Catastrophe (part two)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (two)                 The fifth of May, when the volcano had ravaged the valley of the Rivière-Blanche, and the approaches to the Prêcheur, he [Mouttet] alerted Paris. The sixth of May, when the volcano, in devastating the valley of the […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique (one)

      Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique   (notes of a reporter)     1902           To the lost souls of forty thousand of Saint-Pierre I dedicate this work of a reporter.         Preface       Forty thousand victims… This statistic is not exact […]

Internet Down Again

Internet outage again! Starting last Wednesday when hurricane Ida passed through. They’re working on it.

Upcycle

Posted by ractrose on 20 Mar 2021 in Nonfiction

Something different.       On another of my blogs, where I post a lot of gardening items, I discussed this problem of upcycling plastic to keep it out of landfills. Here’s a link to the Coca-Cola company’s plan for recycling, with their earliest goals set for 2030. It’s great that producers of plastic containers […]

Assorted Opinions: Unusual Turnout

Posted by ractrose on 13 Nov 2020 in Nonfiction

      Assorted Opinions Unusual Turnout       Much noise has been made this week in pursuit of voter fraud claims…so far found unwarranted. But there’s another side to this coin that the noise drowns out: election fraud. Tales of voter fraud—individuals forging ID in some way, then voting more than once—have the […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (intro part three)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! Introduction: part three                       A Different Kind of Translation, continued:     A Question of Taste Chapter One, Joris Middelstum’s Strong Points   Joris Middelstum was a bachelor. Do not be angry with him, ladies, on that account. Supposing that […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (intro part two)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! Introduction: part two                       A Different Kind of Translation, continued:   Most of what you want to achieve contradicts itself to a degree, the writing of a story or novel being like every other enterprise…all things in their rightful places, […]

Baron Haussmann’s Story of the Murderous Innkeepers

From Mémoires de baron Haussmann, 1890                 excerpted from a section called Excursions           These events take place in the 1830s, Haussmann on his way to his new job at Nérac, the post he held in our last story of his assisting George Sand. […]