The Story of Romana


Here is another wonderful post from Jennie, the extraordinary teacher!

A Teacher's Reflections

Romana was  from Romania.  She was the kindest little girl.  She spoke very little English, yet she clearly enjoyed school.  She is the child on the far right with the biggest smile.

I remember the day I took this photo.  We were playing a game of Musical Chairs.  In my version, every time the music stops I take away a chair.  Children have to find a lap of another child to sit on.  When we get down to two or three chairs, it is a scramble.  The squeals and laughing say it all.

Romana loved this game.  She also loved art.  As a three-year-old she helped illustrate our classroom God Bless America book.

Romana was a born giver.  She noticed everything.  She loved Milly the Quilter.

The following year her younger sister, Stefana, was in my class.  She was a delight.  Then their little brother, Vlad, joined school.  I loved…

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Quotations on Fantasy Literature




“One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.”

                                                                          C. S. Lewis



“Fantasy fiction is essentially about the concept of power; great fantasy fiction is about people who find it at great cost or lose it tragically; mediocre fantasy fiction is about people who have it and never lose it but simply wield it.”

                                                                        Stephen King



“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

                                                                       J. R. R. Tolkien

At The Lehigh University Author Reception!



I am pleased to say that my book, The Investigative Paranormal Society Cookbook , was among many other texts that were featured in the Friends of the Lehigh University Library Author Reception at the Linderman Library of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

This event was lovely, and it was wonderful for the authors to receive recognition from the University. The soiree was held on the ground floor of the rotunda in Linderman Library. I featured the library in an earlier blogpost, and I have to say that it is one of the most beautiful libraries I have ever seen.

I also want to thank the extraordinary librarians who put this event together! You did a fantastic job, and I am very grateful.


Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.


Please follow the following links to find my novel:


Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:




Available on Amazon



Guest Post: Jennie Fitzkee


Here is a wonderful post about the extraordinary teacher, Jennie. It appears on the also excellent blog site:


Jennie is an American blogger. She is a truly inspirational teacher of young children, with a real love of reading, books, and education.
She is not only the teacher I wish I had had, but the one we should all have had.

Here is her guest post.

How Reading-Aloud Made Me the Teacher and Person I Am Today.

My very first day of teaching preschool in Massachusetts, thirty-two years ago, was both career and life altering. Lindy, my co-teacher, asked me to read the picture books to children each day after our Morning Meeting. Sure (gulp)! I was new, scared, and unfamiliar with many children’s books. I had not been read to as a child, except for The Five Chinese Brothers from my grandmother. I still remember the page that opens sideways, with the brother who could stretch his legs. One book, and to this day I remember it…

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Keep Writing!




To all writers:

Please trust in yourselves, have faith in your voices, and tell the stories you want to tell.

Have confidence in your abilities, and keep going.

Remember that you can do this, that you can create your work, and that you are a writer.

Remember, success comes with the discipline to continue the work.

Pick up a pen, or sit at the keyboard, and write!



“Who Am I?” Part I: A Writer


Please welcome a new writer, Belle!

Until Further Notice

*ATTENTION: This is the first installment of a series I’ve introduced here. Please feel free to go back and read that, to make more sense of this post. Happy reading!


I’ve decided to kick off this little series with what I consider to be a foundational element of who I am, and that is with writing. Now, I assume most of those reading this consider themselves writers. If you have a blog, you probably either like writing, are good at writing, or want to get better. So you’re thinking: “yeah, yeah, another writer.”

Well, I won’t say you’re wrong. But for many years, I’ve considered myself one.

Like most, I was infatuated with stories as a kid. I loved reading, hearing about kids like me doing magical things. The usual dragon-slaying knights, the fairies, the giants, but also Where the Wild Things Are, Ferdinand the Bull, Silvia Stout who…

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A New Invitation To Join The U.L.S., The Underground Library Society!


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I am again asking for those who would like to join the U.L.S.,the Underground Library Society, to join and write a guest post.

In an earlier First Year Class at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, The U.L.S. — The Underground Library Society — was created. It is in the spirit of the Book People from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. In that novel, all books have been banned, and a few people “become” books by memorizing them, in the hope that, one day, books will be permitted to exist again.

I am again teaching the subject of banned books and censorship, and my students will take part in this organization, and I hope that many of you do also. My students will create posters about the book they choose, put them up at various places on campus, do a blog post on the project, memorize one paragraph form their chosen books, and then give a short presentation about the work at the end of the semester.

In that spirit, I am putting out the call once more for like-minded people to join The U.L.S. All that is needed is to choose a book you would memorize if the need ever arose. You do not actually have to memorize  the book now. You do not need to create a poster, although if you do, I ask only that you use the logo of the U.L.S. on this page. If you wish to join, simply write a guest post in which you say what book you would “become” and why.

I hope many of you choose to join.

If you do wish to do a post, please email me at  and write a guest post as a Word doc. Thank you.

Charles F. French

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I am looking forward to hearing from new members!