Superhero Sundays: Steppenwolf

By Ian T. Wilson Word Count: 249 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary: A short biography of DC Comics character Steppenwolf   Good morning, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another Superhero Sunday. I’m Ian Wilson, purveyor of obscure facts about comic book characters. Today, I’ll be turning things around a bit; I’m making […]

Superhero Sundays: Batman

By Ian T. Wilson Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Word Count: 311 Summary: A brief biography of the real hero of Batman   Good afternoon, people of the internet! This is Ian Wilson, Fellowship and Fairydust’s comic and superhero expert, welcoming you once again to Superhero Sunday. This week, I wanna talk about a hero […]

Visions in the Streets: A Movie Review of “Don Bosco”

By Avellina Balestri (alias Rosaria Marie) Word Count: 1489 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary: A review of the Italian biopic “Don Bosco”. Year: 1988 Filming: Color Length: 108 minutes Genre: Biography/Drama/Inspirational/Religious Maturity: PG (for brief language and intense thematic elements) Main Cast: Ben Gazzara (Don Bosco), Patsy Kensit (Lina), Karl Zinny (Giuseppe), Laurent […]

Many Waters Cannot Quench Love: Madeleine L’Engle And The Gift of Storytelling

“Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith . . . faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.”- Madeleine L’Engle

THAT ARDUOUS LOVE AFFAIR: SIR JOHN BETJEMAN AND THE GIFT OF FAITH


By Karl Gustel Warnberg, June 14, 2016

Word Count: 1465

Rating: G

Summary: An article on Sir John Betjeman’s poems and the topic of faith within them.

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It was Christmas when my uncle introduced me to him. His poetry has echoed off the walls of my room since then, and his words have rushed in my defence when I have been in search for them myself. How, for instance, does one explain the phenomenon of faith? That some believe, and some do not? One of the best reflections on the topic that I know runs as follows:

Some know for all their lives that Christ is God,

Some start upon that arduous love affair

In clouds of doubt and argument;

and some seem not to want his love-

And why this is I wish to God I knew.

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Tolkien and His Friends

By Martina Juričková Word Count: 1394 Rating: G Summary: An essay about Professor Tolkien and his friendships. Even though Tolkien disliked a literary work being analyzed in reference to its author’s life, he admitted that “[a]n author cannot…remain wholly unaffected by his experience” (Tolkien, 2011, p. xxii). And since in his life he was known for […]

Queen Elizabeth II: The Longest Reign and Still Going Strong

By Wesley Hutchins (alias Earl Chatham) Word Count: 3051 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary: An overview of Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy as the longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Summary: A brief biography of HRH Queen Elizabeth the Second. “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long […]

"Gentleman Johnny:" The Life and Times of General John Burgoyne

By Matthew Hill-Spur, June 3, 2015
Word Count: 3972
Rating: G
Summary: A brief biography of General John “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne.

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The Right Honorable General John Burgoyne, General in the British Army and MP for Preston, is probably most famous for commanding the losing Army at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, during the American War of Independence, but he also known in his day for being an author and playwright, as well as a politician who spent most of his career representing Preston. His affability and the ease with which he made friends gave rise to the nickname by which he was known by his contemporaries as ‘Gentleman Johnny’.
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Champion of Liberty and Son of Freedom: The Life of Thaddeus Kosciuszko

By David Hamburger (alias Cygnet) Word Count: 1330 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary: A biography of Thaddeus Kosciuszko In the struggle for liberty which was the American Revolution, there emerged a group of individuals whose selfless sacrifices and courage perpetuated their legacy. Most of these men are remembered as great heroes, lauded and […]