By Julia A. Keirns

Photo credit Pixabay
Photo credit Pixabay
Photo credit Pixabay

The dark greenish-gray hue of the sky warned of a storm brewing in the west. Annie knew the color. The spring night air was too warm, and thunder echoed in the distance. Quiet lightning flashed across the window in the living room. The roar of the thunder increased as the storm advanced on her little house.

The weather alarm on her phone startled her: “Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the northern part of the county. Quarter-size hail and winds to 70 mph. Take shelter.”

The rumble of thunder continued as bursts of lightning flashed through the lace…


By Julia A. Keirns

Green flash of light from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
Green flash of light from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
Green flash of light from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

‘Here we go again,’ thought Mark.

Mom began clearing the dishes from the table as Grandpa started off on another story jaunt about how his father was one of the few people in the world to witness the mythical ray of green light shoot straight up from the sun at the very moment of sunset. According to Grandpa, his father, which was Mark’s great grandfather, Harold James, sailed the seven seas on a trading ship from 1904 to 1909, and claimed to see the flash of green while on one of his journeys off the coast…


And The Culture It Represents

By Julia A. Keirns

American Flag photo by Pixabay
American Flag photo by Pixabay
American Flag photo by Pixabay

History changes the way other cultures view Americans, but our resolve stays the same generation after generation, and the flag is the one item that rises above all opinions and contradictions. It is a constant reminder of where we came from and how we got to where we are today. It symbolizes the freedoms we hold so dear.

As an American, the American flag is the most important artifact that holds deep strong meaning for me. Originally created by Betsy Ross in 1776, the flag idea and design were deliberated much with George Washington and other…


By Julia A. Keirns

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Photo credit Pixabay
The Ten Commandments photo credit Pixabay

I found an article when researching on the internet titled “Supreme Court Backs Removal of Ten Commandments Monument” and it bothered me. This is an Associated Press article published on October 16, 2017 at the Boston Globe. The link for the article is as follows —

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2017/10/16/supreme-court-backs-removal-ten-commandments-monument/1vm3zBGY4fQqoitvOYkbjL/story.html.

Originally a lower court had ordered this city in New Mexico to remove the monument of the Ten Commandments from the lawn of the courthouse stating that it violated the separation of church and state laws prohibiting any government entity from giving special favor to any one religion. The…


By Julia A. Keirns

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Emma Book Cover by Jane Austen

Emma — a 2020 film directed by Autumn de Wilde is based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel and stars Anna Taylor-Joy as Emma Woodhouse. Emma interferes in the love lives of her friends. This film is now available on Amazon Prime.

The new and old versions of this timeless tale represent different aspects of their societies and times. Emma is a story placed in early 19th century England at a time when women were expected to simply perform womanly duties, marry and have and raise children. They were not expected to seek higher education. …


A Review of Animal Farm by George Orwell

Photograph Copyright Julia A. Keirns
Photograph Copyright Julia A. Keirns
Photograph Copyright by Julia A. Keirns

By Julia A. Keirns

Animal Farm published in 1945 and written by George Orwell is definitely not about animals. But yes, it is. The animals stage a revolution and the story follows along that path as two pigs, Snowball and Napoleon fight over the power of who shall run things. And even though, certain animals are definitely more privileged than others, none of the animals ever give up hope that their society will prevail and be the best animal society ever.

In the beginning of the book commandment number seven is that…


A Review of 1984 by George Orwell

Photograph Copyright Julia A. Keirns
Photograph Copyright Julia A. Keirns
Photograph Copyright Julia A. Keirns

By Julia A. Keirns

What can I possibly say about “1984” that hasn’t already been said? Written in 1949 by George Orwell, this book centers on the all-powerful, all-knowing government controlling who we are, what we do, what we say and even what we think, which in reality, is not so far-fetched.

Right off the bat on page one you begin to wonder when it says, “the clocks were striking thirteen…in preparation for Hate Week.” I underlined tons of stuff in this book as I was reading it. It drew me in and…


A Telescope Story

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Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay
Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

by Julia A. Keirns

First of all, let me make it quite clear that I knew nothing about telescopes thirty years ago. I still don’t today. Purchasing a telescope was something I never would have done.

But…

One day as we were walking through the mall, three young kids in tow, we ventured into a camera store “just to look.” The kids were all wound up that day and would not settle down. (I must have fed them too much sugar.) The store was Ritz Camera at Glenbrook Mall in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We knew we couldn’t afford to buy…


We Can Always Go Home

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Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay
Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

By Julia A. Keirns

‘Ohio Welcomes You’ read the sign. I-75 North, cruise set at 65, I was only 4 hours from home. It had been years since I’d been back, but I remembered it well…

Driving down the narrow, paved country road, there would be a wide ditch following alongside on my left. The soft, brown, fuzzy cat-tails would stand tall among the un-mowed grass. Just beyond would be fields of corn and beans and golden yellow wheat stalks, one right after another.

If I rolled my window down, I would smell fresh cut straw lying in the fields…

Julia A. Keirns

The goal is simply to write. You can read more about me at www.jakeirns.com

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