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Medieval Romance 

JUSTICE: Book 1, Pendyffryn: The Inheritors

Book Cover Image - Justice by Lily DewaruileJustice. Hard won. Easily lost.

To prepare his daughter, Tanglwys, for a future without his protection, Meinor Hedydd contracts with Gwennan Pendyffryn to take her as an apprentice in the Invader’s Gaer household to learn skills that will be of use to others and a source of income for her. The presence of another dependent fostered child affects Gwennan’s stepson, Marshal deFreveille, in a way that is not entirely unwelcome as he begins his own training to become a soldier in his father’s army.

After the death of her father, Tanglwys is forced to leave the Gaer to help her mother but continues her work with the apothecary to cultivate medicinal herbs that will save other soldiers’ lives.

From the beginning of their acquaintance, Tanglwys and Marshal face hatred and intolerance. A fateful encounter at the river sparks more than his protective inclination toward her, but when Marshal disciplines her brother and his friends for tormenting Tanglwys, their budding friendship falters.  Punishes

Her brother’s resentment and loathing for the Invader’s son are fierce. His violence toward his sister for causing the incident leads to his demotion to the lowest ranks of soldiery. In fear of her brother and her mother’s continuing hatred for the Invader, Tanglwys denies her growing admiration for Marshal but he has another future in mind for them.

Justice is available on Kindle, Nook, and on the iBookstore as well as in paperback.

 

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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I have always been a political and social activist.  Therefore, at the risk of distressing any of you, I must express my objection to any intervention in the Civil War in Syria. As was the case in Iraq, the evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction is suspect.

In my opinion, there are as many who claim against the rebels as claim against the Syrian government. To attack Syria is to declare war. Syria was a stable, secular Middle Eastern government until anti-government sentiments were stoked by outside forces.

I believe destabilizing the Middle East is the agenda of special interest groups, the arms industry and private corporations, not the American people nor, in fact, the Syrian people.

No matter how precise the massive assaults planned are, there will be collateral damage. The result of any attack will be devastating and have disastrous effects on the country and its ancient civilization for decades to come. The religious demographics are 10% of the Syrian population is Christian; 13% is Shia Muslim; 60% is Sunni Muslim; the remaining 18% of the people of Syria are minorities of various religious persuasions. Who among these will be killed? You, as well as I, know the answer.

I believe the government of the United States is about to make the same mistake made at the beginning of the war in Vietnam and Iraq. If they do this against the will of the people, they are acting unconstitutionally. I have now contacted my Congressional representatives to express my opposition to any action against the Syrian people.

In my opinion, the government of the United States has been interfering in the Middle East at the behest of special interest groups, the arms industry, the private corporations, to name but a few. As a Dutch veteran of World War II once told me, ‘There will never be peace in the Middle East.’ So be it. But that situation is not our concern. That is for the countries of the Middle East to address. I believe that interference from the US government prolongs the agony for all concerned.

I believe, if the US government continues its penchant for policing the world, there will ultimately be no winners. The problems facing the USA are myriad. The needs of the American citizens would be better served by a government that is concerned for the prosperity and welfare of their own citizens.

I do not believe that our prosperity and welfare are in anyway linked to the destruction of other sovereign nations nor the systemic destruction of our Constitutional liberties. Until the government of the United States stops its war on American citizens, I will oppose these acts of terrorism inflicted on us by this government.

“Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.” — Benjamin Franklin

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“I may not agree with what you say,
but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

François-Marie Arouet, (1694 – 1778)

There can be no more important sentiment than Voltaire’s commitment to the freedom of speech. Once we have lost this, we have committed ourselves to imprisonment of mind, soul and spirit. Here, in our country, this commitment is enshrined in our Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

First Amendment, The Bill of Rights, The Constitution of the United States

The moment we allow others to silence us, or deny any other person their right to speak their mind, we lose our fundamental freedom to express ourselves. The loss of this freedom, or any other in our Constitution, will destroy our reason to write, to think, to speak.

We may not like what others say, but we must not deny them the freedom to express their opinion. If we silence those with whom we disagree, we will be silenced in our turn.

Along with the freedom to speak goes the freedom not to listen.

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