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Accused of having an incorrect visa, Mem Fox detained by immigration officials at LA airport
DEBORAH BOGLE, Books Editor, The Advertiser
February 22, 2017 9:33pm

AUSTRALIA’S best-loved children’s author, Mem Fox, was left sobbing and shaken after being detained for two hours and aggressively interrogated by immigration officials at Los Angeles airport.

Fox says she’s unlikely to ever travel to the United States again after being made to feel like “a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay”.

President Donald Trump had created the climate for this sort of behaviour, she said, adding: “This is what happens when extremists take power.”

Mem Fox. Picture: Matt Turner
En route to Milwaukee for a conference on February 9, where she was to deliver the opening keynote address at a literacy conference, Fox was ushered into an airport holding room and told she was travelling on the wrong visa. This was incorrect and the US Embassy in Canberra has since apologised. Fox, 70, said that by the time she checked in to her hotel she was shaking and sobbing.

“I am old and white, innocent and educated, and I speak English fluently,” she said. “Imagine what happened to the others in the room, including an old Iranian woman in her 80s, in a wheelchair.

“The way I was treated would have made any decent American shocked to the core, because that’s not America as a whole, it really isn’t. It’s just that people have been given permission to let rip in a fashion that is alarming.”

The irony that the two most popular of her more than 25 books published in the US, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Whoever You Are, are both about diversity, was not lost on her. Nor was the fact that the theme of the conference she was attending was inclusivity and diversity.

Fox has visited the US more than 100 times since 1985, and is widely known there as an author and literacy educator.

After returning to Adelaide, she made a complaint to the US Embassy in Canberra, and received an emailed apology. An embassy spokeswoman told The Advertiser consular cases were not discussed with the media for privacy reasons.

Her experience has confirmed in Fox the importance of her new book, I’m Australian Too, about multiculturalism, illustrated by an Indian-born Australian, Ronojoy Ghosh. Fox wrote the book in late 2014 in response to what she saw as a rising tide of antagonism towards immigrants and refugees. “And it’s got worse since then,” she said. “I just feel that the hate speech that is going on is trying to change that aspect of our national character and it would be heartbreaking if that happened.”

Originally published as Mem detained in Trump’s America
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I found it! Meri likes to hide these in my posts. But I founded it.

It's here. Beginning.

Part 2 - Expecting.
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Title: To Wand or Not to Wand? (Part 1 surely)
Author: meridae

Buttercup didn't understand what the big deal was. So they were going wand shopping. Finally. Her bestest friend had had her wand for a year now. Buttercup and her brothers were all most eleven (10 and 6 months and 1 day was closer to eleven than ten after all) and it was long past time, in her opinion, that they got their first wand.Read more... )


Jan. 6th, 2016 06:08 pm
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btw this is not me.

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Taco Stuffed Peppers

3+ Peppers - Cut off tops and clean them out. Bake 20 min at 350*

Brown and add in order:
#1 ground beef
1 pkg Taco seasoning
1 onion, chopped
1 can black beans
1 C rice, cooked
1 C corn
1 jar salsa
1 C cheese, shredded

Fill Baked pepper with meat mixture. Bake 15 min 350*

Top with guacamole, sour cream, more shredded cheese.
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Excuse me while I SQUEEeeeeeeeeee. Meridae has gifted two things in this Ninja Fic, more Warne and Ranel and Word etymology*.

*(coughs- I spelled it wrong the first time) etomology per

The study of great things
the etomologist stood in awe of his magnificent find!

** etymology

The study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.
The origin of a word and the historical development of its meaning.

Enough distraction. I present for your reading ....
Meridae's --- Warne and Ranel dining out

Also in the comments there's Ren & Drew
And Meridae is sneaky like this to hide a ninja fic here.

Dragon fic

Oct. 17th, 2015 12:13 am
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Meep wrote a wondrous Hidden Dragon fic, which needs more added to the prompt that spawned this (shown at the bottom). *grins* It is
It is a hard act to follow.

Title: Sunset’s Seducing Magic
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 515

“Look,” Kyle said, “isn’t that amazing?”

The shadows of the leaf against the pavement distinctly looked dragon like. Sharp angles of wings, body, head, and curled tail were defined in the shadow image the pale tan leaf created. It was amazing and even though he couldn’t figure out which of all the leaf parts went with which of the dragon’s image, it was decidedly wondrous.

Still gazing down at the small dragon, Brandon could only nod his head. It was magic to find such a sight. So tragic that it was so ephemeral, for the sunset would fade to nothing and the wind or some passing foot would change the leaf’s position or even its shape.

“Is it too much to hope that the sun stays at this angle so it doesn’t go away?” Brandon asked regressing to an age that believed in magic and miracles. Then he sighed, “How awful it is that we’re both grownups and know that this can’t stay like it is and that this is the only time we’ll probably ever see a dragon.”

There was a smirk in Kyle’s voice, “Come with me. Let me show you something else,” and lead Brandon away to a more isolated area where if a dragon swooped down and grabbed a person up, probably no one would notice.

“What is it?” Brandon asked walking past Kyle his eyes scanning the deserted parking lot and the brushy vista of the mountainous state park. Arms came around Brandon from behind holding him against Kyle’s solid warm body.

“Shhh. Just watch.”

Across the cracked tar patched pavement Brandon saw the larger dark shape the sunset made of their close entangled bodies and then the slow unfurling of two large points arching up, widening out into great wings to either side of their shadow. A dragon’s shape seemed to swallow up where before there was just two persons standing together.

In awe Brandon stared, his hands coming up to lock over Kyle’s arms so he couldn’t move and break whatever spell this was. “Magic,” was all he could say reverently and then, “Thank you for showing me this.”

“Forever,” Kyle replied. “I can give you this forever. If you’ll have me.”

A smile stretch Brandon’s lips, “You have to ask? That leaf, I couldn’t figure out how it did that and then this. Best proposal ever made.” He stilled, “If I turn will you have wings or is it only in shadows that I’ll see them?”

“Oh they’re there. But I can do better than that. Want to go for a ride? My cave isn’t far from here and then I can have my wicked way with you far from interruptions. While I eat you, I think we both don’t want anyone to discover us,to tell us to 'get a room',” Kyle laughed. “Besides, there’s another kind of riding that’s best done with the luxury of bedsprings.”

Brandon found he quite liked hearing himself called ‘My Treasure,’ and well there were other things he found he loved much much more with being a dragon's mate.

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FB3X Drabble Cascade Every TuesdayFB3X Drabble Cascades

Welcome to the FB3X Drabble Cascade, a weekly blog hop where we want you to share your drabbles, or flash fiction inspired by our word of the week. To join in, just post your piece to your blog/social media/website and add your link to the list with Title (Rating, Genre), e.g. A Little Bit of Fun (PG, Science Fiction) and then to perpetuate the cascade, add the list code to the bottom of your post :)

FB3X Drabble Cascade #132 word of week: "Osmosis"

Title: In Pursuit of Knowledge (PG, m/m, paranormal)
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 100

A miasma of temptation permeated the glade and Lionel watched a mist wend its way between the trees' trunks towards him, feeling his cock harden. He should rise and throw more wood on the fire, he thought, not taking his eyes off what approached and missed the slow seeping of knowledge into him.

“Don’t go in there,” Edwin warned. “Lost someone from my village in The Devil’s Dell. He’s one of Satan’s Paramours now; spends his time in the city’s brothels, opening his mouth and spreading his legs wide. He’s damned good at his corrupting ways. I often visit him.”


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