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Soft Thorns

Chandler Hamby

The snow is soft and beautiful where the little boy plays. His tarnished blue sled lies close by, frosted with ice crystals and dirt. He looks up, his little cheeks ride-apple red and giggles as he ascends the slope again, remembering the thrill. The sheer, pure beauty of throwing oneself onto a board of metal and wood and feeling yourself sail gracefully to the bottom…to him, there is nothing better.

His sister waits inside, her eyes half envious, half wondering. Her brother frolics in the snow, but she may not. Her health does not permit it, for she was sick last winter with coughing disease and though she has recovered her mother remains tentative. It is not so bad all in all, she considers; she is warm and safe inside with all the things she loves as equally as her brother and his sled. Her books await in different rooms glowing with firelight or pale winter glow, beckoning with fingers outstretched, offering her a journey. She has read all of the books, gone throu…

Toast To A Friend

(Adapted from the Skene Manuscripts from the early 1600’s)

By Rayanne Sinclair

Fill to me the parting glass, to be a friend is all I asked.

I lift the cup to wish you best, as you move to life’s next test.

Your feet be blessed as you depart, may all you meet bring cheerful start.

But friends forever then as now, may we still share as oft allows.

Fill to me the parting glass, goodbye and joy to all we pass.

Other poems and works by Rayanne Sinclair:
Steal Away (novel)
Interview with Rayanne Sinclair
EspĂ­ritu (poem)

Who were the Inklings?

From around 1934 to 1949 an informal group of friends met weekly in Oxford, England, mainly to discuss literature. The group has come to be called “The Inklings” and its most prominent members were C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and Charles Williams. Another member, W.H. Lewis wrote about the group that it “was neither a club nor a literary society, though it partook of the nature of both. There were no rules, officers, agendas, or formal elections.”

The men and their writings show a wide range of interests and treats diverse subjects. Lewis has become famous for The Chronicles of Narnia, The Ransom Trilogy, Screwtape Letters and for Mere Christianity, a work of Christian apologetics. By profession Lewis was an Oxford don whose field of study was medieval and renaissance English literature. Likewise Tolkien was an Oxford professor whose field was early English language and literature, but who gained enormous popularity through The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Williams worked …