Steps to producing Another Kind of Anthology – Guest Post by Felicity Sidnell Reid…

I have always been interested in doing a Anthology. Thank you so much for posting https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/03/09/tips-to-compiling-an-anthology-book-by-stephanie-chandler/

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Stephanie Chandler posted an article recently on this blog, 10 Tips to Compiling an Anthology Book, aimed at business people. It listed the advantages to the initiator and editor of such a book, pointing out how much more quickly one can be put together, if the initiator doesn’t have to write a whole book, and how its marketability will be increased, as all the contributors will become sellers and promoters.

In the business world the author/editor will gain instant cred by publishing a book, thus bringing in more business and, because a non-fiction anthology usually accepts short articles, it will appeal to readers who want a quick way to engage with the subject matter. This all seemed practical advice from the point of view of a business person and set me wondering about the anthology that the organization I belong to, Spirit of the Hills Arts Association…

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Quotations on Bullies

This is wonderful and very needed. Thank you!

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“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.”

                                                                 Abraham Lincoln

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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

                                                                Desmond Tutu

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“It is crucial to oppose bullying whenever and wherever it may be found. Turning away from it or ignoring bullying makes the observer complicit in  the bully’s actions.”

                                                               Charles F. French

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The Liberal Arts: Crucial for Education and Society

Learning about liberal arts make humans more human; It gives humanity a voice of intellect, compassion, and knowledge about everything under the Sun, the Moon, and Stars.

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I was looking over some of my early blogposts, and I decided I wanted to revisit this piece about the Liberal Arts–the humanities–and their importance. The idea I write about in this little post is crucial for our society–the importance of the Liberal Arts in Education.

I had a piece published in the “Education Guide” of the Sunday, 2/15/15, edition of The Morning Call, the largest newspaper in the Lehigh Valley, PA. I am very proud of have the article in the paper, because I am very proud to be part of the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

The Wescoe School is the name of the adult college program for Muhlenberg College. In this school, adults are able to gain full Bachelor degrees in a variety of majors and programs as well as certificate of study if they are focused on one specific…

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Offering

This poem, by House of Heart, is a poem I will keep for always. So beautiful and heart felt.

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If I could return to your sanctuary I would bring one last offering.  Those words you loved,  that you spoke a thousand times  or wrote just once.  I would place them near,  let those tender verses lie down beside you.
Wild Wood

A trampled path winds

its way through the

reaching arms of evergreen

to a misty wild wood where my

heart lies down with yours.

White tail deer nibble goldenrod

and lift the veil of solitude.

Spring showers and wild flowers

flourish there  where

April lives forever.

art © Joan Egert

In Memory

World Poetry Day

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BOOK REVIEW: CATLING’S BANE

Catling’s Bane, Book 1 of the Rose Shield series, offers the reader an amazing journey into a world so believable that the characters seem to come alive on the page. This beautifully written science-fiction pulled me into a world that glitters with luminosity. The author reveals this world with descriptions so vivid, so rich in detail, that we forget completely, that it is a fictional world.

It is a civilization very different than our own, yet still, very much the same, with problems of great poverty, injustice, and cruelty, with one exception. There are strange powers of influence, powers that control someone’s intent, beliefs, and thoughts. The poor live their lives in a caste system, while the wealthy and powerful live like royalty, and all others live by hook or by crook.

Yet, even for the wealthy, life becomes a perilous journey, because every word, ever thought, may not be their own.  There are those, however, within this system, who have courageous hearts, make great sacrifices, and if they can escape the Influencers, they may have the opportunity to change their world where everyone can speak their own thoughts and live their lives as they choose to be.

I was completely captured within this incredible world, created by the author, D. Wallace Peach. 5 stars

The Goddesses Eostre & Vesna; Celebrating Ostara & the Spring Equinox, by Colleen M. Chesebro

Thank you Colleen and I wish all the Sisters of the Fey, a very happy Spring Equinox! Karen 🙂

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The second celebration on the Pagan Wheel of the Year is the Spring Equinox, also called Ostara, which is named after the Germanic goddess, Eostre, of Norse origin. Her name was also the inspiration for the Christian name, “Easter,” and for the name, “Ostara.”

Eostre is the goddess of springtime and is always represented with blooming flowers. She is often depicted carrying a hare, which symbolized fertility.

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Eostre’s first appearance in primary sources in when the Venerable Bede tells us that April is known as Eostremonath, named for a goddess that the Anglo-Saxons honored in the spring. 

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I found it interesting that the goddess Eostre doesn’t appear in Germanic mythology. It is thought that she was a Norse deity but she doesn’t show up in the poetic or prose Eddas either. (Thoughtco.com)

It is possible that Eostre was a tribal goddess…

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