Concentration camps at the border: a moral stain that will taint America forever.


I must reblog this post–it is powerful and needed in these dangerous times.

While I don’t often speak out directly on political current events on this blog, today is an exception. I’m going to make this as blunt, succinct and clear as possible: the Trump Administration’s policy of tearing children away from their parents, and imprisoning them in cage facilities near the border, is cruel, immoral, wrong, and disastrous. It’s a moral stain on the United States of America, and on Americans as a people, which will not soon be washed away. And if we don’t stop and reverse course right now, it’s going to get worse.

A lot of ink has been spilled over the last few days about what to call the monstrous thing happening down there in the Southwest, whether children are being put in “cages” or what conditions the children are or are not being subjected to. I don’t hesitate to call these facilities what they are: concentration camps…

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Quotations on Treatment of Children




“There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace.”

                                                                             Kofi Annan

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“If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.”

                                                                            Pearl S. Buck




“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”

                                                                            John F. Kennedy


Safe and Secret…ish


This is a wonderful post on joining the Underground Library Society by Niki Flow!

Niki Flow

“My invitation is this–would you like to become a member of the ULS? All that is necessary is to chose a book you would memorize if you had to in order to save it, to design a small poster about the book, and to put it up somewhere. For those of you who chose to join, please either do a post about your book and poster or reply here….Please join us!” -Charles French, AN INVITATION TO JOIN THE ULS: THE UNDERGROUND LIBRARY SOCIETY

Thank you Charles for the invitation to join this safe and secret society!  I’m very honored …what’s that? Oh, not so secret?  Well, that’s fine,  I’m very inspired by you and your students! I love libraries. Underground Library Society — well, that sounds like something from a Baggins tale! I’m imagining clandestine quests, exotic locations, and maybe even a burglar!

It was very easy for me to choose which…

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Here is a post from one of my student’s blogs. Please remember that she is not a native English speaker.

World Of Words

Many times I have heard the expression “the power of words” referring to what we can attract into our lives through the words we speak. But this time I want to talk about power words for their true meaning.

Maybe if you are reading this post at this moment it is because you speak English and it is almost certainly your native language. Maybe you are learning another language or maybe you already talk a lot and you know the feeling of helplessness when you want to express ideas and opinions, but you can’t because you don’t speak the language at that moment. It is very likely that you can’t understand the process of wanting to speak English because it must be something that is as easy for you as breathing.

English is considered the universal language, therefore, we are many people around the world who must learn it, either by…

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An Invitation to Join the ULS: The Underground Library Society


I wanted to reblog this post–does anyone else want to join The Underground Library Society?

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As some of you know, the students in my English 2 class at Lehigh University became members of a group I created for my class on book banning, the U.L.S. or the Underground Library Society.

It is based on Ray Bradbury’s extraordinary novel Fahrenheit 451 in which the owning and reading of books is a criminal act. A group of seeming nomads attempt to save books by “becoming” them. They memorize books in the hope that one day books will again be able to be printed.

My students had to choose a book they would become, blog about it, and create a poster featuring the logo of the group: a book with the letters ULS on it. Additionally, they put the title of the book and a statement about it on the poster. This was one of the most successful class activities that I have had the pleasure of…

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Favorite Horror Films of the 1920s Continued: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


Here is another post from my series on favorite horror movies.

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In this post, I will continue my series on favorite horror films, specifically of the 1920s.

Another  brilliant horror movie of the 1920s is Robert Weine’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari — The German title is Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari — (1920). The plot of the film centers on a mad scientist, Dr. Caligari, a hypnotist, played by Werner Krauss, who exploits a sleepwalker, Cesare, played by Conrad Veidt, to commit murder. It is one of the earliest horror movies and ushers in a decade of greatness in film-making, especially in German cinema.



The true power of the film is in its cinematic style, that of German Expressionism, which is based on the artistic movement of the same name. German Expressionism uses sharp angles, deep shadows, heavy use of darks and lights, and distorted forms to explore the psychological impact of visual images. In this art, the…

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