Word Defiant!


This is a powerful post on books!

The World according to Dina

Die Leiden und Freuden der Bücher

Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma were pestering us for weeks. They wanted us to visit the exhibition “The Word Defiant!” at Blickling. NOW! We knew that our beloved Bookfayries would freeze sadly seeing the installation ‘burning of books, Mosul/Iraq’. Members of ISIS burnt the library of the university down in 2014 destroying thousands of books and manuscripts. Some of them dated back to Ottoman times. And so it was, sobbing, heads down. It didn’t help at all that we explained that burning books was invented by the church in the 4th c. and during the inquisition, the heretics were burned with their books and, of course, we know book burning as a fascist ritual.

Seit Wochen nervten Siri 🙂 und 🙂 Selma unausstehlich herum, dass wir die Austellung “The Word Defiant!” über trozige Bücher in Blickling besuchen. JETZT! Uns war klar, dass…

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Tips for Writers: Subconscious Mannerisms


This is an excellent post on writing from Mitch Teemley.

Mitch Teemley

My high school drama teacher had a quirky habit: first he’d pull on his nose, and then he’d push on it. One day, in the midst of a discussion about mannerisms, he told us where this habit came from: As a child he’d grown anxious that when adults said he had a “cute little pug nose” they really meant “he looks like a pig.” So he’d begun pulling on it to make it longer. Then one day, his grandmother told him that if he didn’t stop tugging it his nose would end up looking like a sausage. That was even worse! But he couldn’t break the habit of pulling on it, so he adopted a second mannerism of “putting it back.” This two-part nose-fix had long since become a subconscious mannerism. Which is to say that he was (normally) unaware he was doing it.

Good writers imbue their characters, whether…

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Where to start


This is a wonderful post that needs to be shared!


It would seem an easy decision. It is not. This month has been so busy that I didn’t know how much to tell you about or where to start.I guess I’ll start with a day trip my sister and I took.

I’ve lived in my house for three years and my apartment for two after visiting Portland many times over the previous 20 years. My sister has been my tour guide, knowing this area like few natives do. Driving for Tri-Met (Portland’s city bus co.) for 15 years gave her an advantage not many have. Her passengers were always treated to a dialog of great information about the city if they were from out-of-town.

Beautiful wood carving

Her daughter has been accepted into the honors program at the University of Denver in the fall and sis is going to help get her settled. Yes, sis came to parenthood very late…

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Roosevelt Franklin–Anglophile–from Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I by Charles F. French


I wanted to showcase the backstory on my protagonist from Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I in this updated and reblogged post.

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Roosevelt Franklin, the protagonist of my horror novel Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I is a self-admitted anglophile. While a proud American with a very American name who loves his country, he is drawn to the manners and customs of England and the British Isles.

He embraces courtesy and dignity, but he despises snobbery and bigotry. He was raised in a very wealthy family, and he rejects their view that people in the classes below them are intended to serve as underlings. He loves British customs, but he abhors the rigid class system of that culture. He is more comfortable with his friends from varying backgrounds than he is enduring an evening of cocktails with his family, most of whom he has distanced himself from.

Roosevelt loves old-fashioned, hand tailored British wool suits. He feels the most at ease when he wears them. “They may look old-fashioned, but…

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World Teacher’s Day 2016: Celebrating the Jobs (and Art) of Two of My Favourite Teachers


This is an important post about one of the most crucial professions for all societies–that of teaching!

Surfing the Sea

Happy World Teachers’ Day! You never heard of it? Well, it’s probably the only one day where teachers in schools and other educational institutions of all milestones are appreciated for the hard work they do to help us learn about the world and achieve success of our own. It’s a pretty recent invention (this year’s is only the fifth, meaning it may have been designated as such in either 2010 or 2011), but every October 5th is now considered World Teachers’ Day.


On the topic of today being World Teachers’ Day, my mind has obviously turned to two certain (fictional) teachers; namely, Dartmouth McKinnon-Graham and Jollimore Ferrison from Secondary School by the Sea. These two have very different mindsets and outlooks on their jobs and their lives as a whole: Dartmouth believes that his job is nothing but stress, anxiety and having to deal with rowdy students, while Jollimore…

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Challenging and Banning Literary Classics


This post is an excellent presentation of literary books that have been banned.

Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives

This week is Banned Book Week (September 26-October 1, 2016), a week in which many libraries, teachers, readers, and their many allies celebrate the freedom to read and the many books which have historically (and still) face challenges and bans by a variety of people, organizations, or even whole countries. The ALA Banned Book website explains that “[a] challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.”

Taking a tour through our British and American literature books, we’ve put together a slide show of 10 banned classics you’ll find on our shelves, along with an explanation of what has made each of them the topic of so much controversy and attention. Some books were banned or challenged in a specific place, during a specific time, and/or for a specific reason. Dates in the gallery indicate the…

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Please read this extraordinary young lady’s blog. She was a student of mine her first year at Lehigh University, and now she is a graduate student. In addition to her studies, she puts her belief in social justice into action with the work she does with other students. Please check out her blog.

Latina in the ivory tower


As I’m sitting here writing this letter I am filled with stress and anxiety simply thinking about what the upcoming year has in store. My first PhD app is due December 1st, my baby brother is applying to colleges, and I’m stepping into a new role as a teacher. But what’s truly causing most of my anxiety is stepping down as your LUSSI GA.

For 3 years I’ve had the pleasure of welcoming you into the LUSSI family before you transitioned into your first year at Lehigh. For 3 years I have spent my summers meeting you, learning from you and watching you grow. When I arrived as a freshman under the guidance of my OMA family I never envisioned being apart of such a beautiful legacy that would allow me to pay it forward.

LUSSI_14 LUSSI Class of 14

LUSSI_ 15 LUSSI Class of 15


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