A Thorn

“A thorn, I asked—one from His crown…”

Judge a Book by Its Cover

“’How do you know what’s inside the book if you simply glance at the outside? You could pass up the opportunity to read the greatest book in the world…'”

Shake on It: A Harry Potter Fan-Fiction Story

“’I would like to owl you, if you don’t mind. I’ve been reading some Potions books, as well…’”

Song of Exiles: A Reflection on the New York City Draft Riots of 1863

“It will be a song that makes all hearts one, and makes all eyes see kinship in the eyes of others…”

Happiness and Resolution: Lent as a Reset Button

“How can Lent become a spiritual reset button? Well, instead of merely abstaining from chocolate and meat and saying a few extra prayers, I decided to use Lent as a time to reevaluate my spiritual life.”

The Story of Hyacinth

“For as long Rose could remember, her father always had her watering the hyacinths that stood in the kitchen window…”

An Old Man Fishing

“Why do you sit and wait for the fish to be caught?”

Pity for a Creature as Dark as Darkness: An Analysis of Gollum and Bilbo’s Encounter in “The Hobbit”

“He was desperate. He must get away, out of this horrible darkness, while he had any strength left. He must fight. He must stab the foul thing, put its eyes out, kill it…”

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