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Saturday, February 25, 2017

The First Amendment

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." -- The First Amendment

Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution.

National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Court Wizard Reviewed in Renaissance Magazine!

The Court Wizard received a very lovely review in Issue 108 of Renaissance Magazine! This is a magazine available at Barnes and Noble and other brick-and-mortar stores, so it's very exciting. 

Here's an excerpt from the review by Jessica Titterington: "Overall, Winnifred's tale has all the hallmarks of a fun coming-of-age adventure story. She's refreshingly less a damsel in distress and more an emerging leader as she grows up. I'd recommend "The Court Wizard" to any pre-teen interested in medieval fantasy novels."

Friday, February 3, 2017

The New Colossus

"The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus (inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty)
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Photo credit Elcobbola