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“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor […] Read more

“Who Moved My Cheese” excerpt

Once, long ago, in a land far away, there lived four little characters who ran through a maze looking for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Two were mice named “Sniff” and “Scurry” and two were little people; beings who were as small as mice but who looked and acted a lot like […] Read more

100 Years of Solitude

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones […] Read more

100 Years of Solitude (longer)

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones […] Read more

100 Years Of Solitude By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time, Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones […] Read more

1st To Die By James Patterson (page 109)

Becky DeGeorge, in the bloom of her first full day as Michael’s wife, walked out of the hotel lobby holding her husband’s hand. She breathed in the cool night air, the first fresh air she had inhaled all day. In the brief span of their marriage, she and Michael had made love several times and […] Read more

2 Samuel 2:12-23

In time Abʹner the son of Ner and the servants of Ish-boʹsheth, Saul’s son, went out from Ma·ha·naʹim+ to Gibʹe·on.+ 13 Joʹab+ the son of Ze·ruʹiah+ and the servants of David also went out and encountered them at the pool of Gibʹe·on; and one group sat on this side of the pool, and the other […] Read more

20000 Leagues Under the Sea

“What about master’s live babirusa?” “They’ll feed it during our absence. Anyhow, we’ll leave instructions to ship the whole menagerie to France.” “Then we aren’t returning to Paris?” Conseil asked. “Yes, we are . . . certainly . . . ,” I replied evasively, “but after we make a detour.” “Whatever detour master wishes.” “Oh […] Read more

20K Leagues Under the Sea

The Nautilus was floating in the midst of a phosphorescent layer which, in the semi-darkness, seemed extraordinarily bright. This effect was produced by myriads of tiny, luminous animals, whose glitter increased as they touched the submarine’s metal hull. I also saw flashes of light in the midst of these waters, looking like streams of melted […] Read more

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Something was burning all right; perhaps it was Mr. Prothero, who always slept there after midday dinner with a newspaper over his face. But he was standing in the middle of the room, saying, “A fine Christmas!” and smacking at the smoke with a slipper. “Call the fire brigade,” cried Mrs. Prothero as she beat […] Read more