Mental and Internal Reacti...

What happens when a person feels terror? There are definite physical reactions when this emotion rips through his or her body.  What happens internally and mentally in this person?  What if the terror has been building in intensity for a long time?  What if it the person has managed to keep this terror a secret and not allowed it to show through his or her actions? How would your character behave?  We are...

The Improvement of Our Pub...

As amazing as this may sound, the democratically managed public schools in the United States have been slowly and steadily improving over the last 114 years [actually longer than that], and they continue to improve in spite of the false claims to the contrary.   How much of an improvement am I talking about?   In 1900, 6.4-percent of 17/18 year olds earned a secondary-level [high school]...

Crazy is Normal – a ...

When Lloyd was in the first grade, his mother was told by the ‘experts’ that he would never learn to read.  I am so glad they were wrong.  The world would have missed out on a great author if that had really been the case.   Mr. Lofthouse went on to become an author and a teacher in the public school system.  In this memoir, you get to spend a year with him as he teaches and goes about his daily...

The Legend of Sleepy Hollo...

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and its headless horseman that terrorizes a village have been an inspiration in the world of entertainment.  Several different movies have been made based on this book, and there is currently a television series based on it.  You can listen to the original story as written by Washington Irving in the audiobook narrated by the actor who plays Ichabod Crane in the series. by You...

Using Halloween In Your St...

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on October 31st of each year. Adults and children wear costumes and go trick or treating. Costumes range from the most popular fairy princess of the current year to frightening creatures no one would want to meet in a dark or well-lit alley. Children ask for candy at each door with the familiar yell of “trick or treat” and then invariably eat too much candy on their trek...

The Misunderstood Mom: A l...

This article is a continuation of a series on Grendel’s misunderstood mother in Beowulf. Part one, part two, and part three can be found by following the links. This epic poem follows Beowulf and his heroic battles; one of which is with the dreaded Grendel. If reading the text in a traditional manner, it is easy to cast Grendel’s mother as a monster. A more modern and in-depth reading, as...

Fiction that Made History:...

Is it possible for a story of fiction to create real life history? Sure it is, and this is a great example. With Halloween right around the corner, everywhere we look we see the orange and black color scheme, decorations of skeletons, ghouls, witches, and ghosts. When you go into the city, you see store aisles and occasionally entire stores dedicated to the darkest holiday of the year. On this day of...

How Should a Country Celeb...

“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” This is the beginning part of a song that American school-children sing when learning about Christopher Columbus. We learn in school that the Italian sailed for the Spanish court and landed in what is now known as the Bahamas on October 13. But today there is considerable confusion on how or even if we should celebrate Columbus day. This is an age of political...