Every Thursday night at 9:30pm I gathered with friends in the student center at Ithaca College. Seats went quickly, so you had to get there early. Some camped out as early as 4:00pm to make sure they had seats. Others grabbed comforters and pillows from their room and claimed their space on the floor. The show was wildly popular, stretched the imagination, and captivated viewers (well at least the college crowd where I was). We all waited for those iconic words and the host Rod Serling as he introduced, Twilight Zone.
"You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead is our next stop, the Twilight Zone." — Rod Serling
We were fortunate at Ithaca College. Rod Serling taught on campus, screening his own work and mentoring students. He provided feedback on student scripts and projects and every once in a while appeared in their films.
After his death, his wife donated some of his work to the college and resulted in the Rod Serling Archives at Ithaca College. This is the largest single collection of his television scripts and screenplays. The college is the proud custodian of his six Emmy Awards.
Today, May 11th we celebrate Twilight Zone Day. The episodes were mysterious, weird, surreal and perhaps a little scary. His stories made social and political statements relevant for then and scarily so today. Judge for yourself with this, the closing epilogue for the “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.”
“There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy.”
Twilight Zone Day was a quick pleasant remembrance of being away at school, being with friends I haven’t seen for many years, and having a fan girl moment with an imaginative creator.
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The Guardian’s Witch
Ruth A. Casie
"Ruth A. Casie has woven an extraordinary story of a brave knight, a beautiful heroine, a King, a mysterious crest, and [magical] visions. Oh mercy! What more do you need??? Absolutely nothing! Don't miss this journey!!" ~ L. Cook
Lord Alex Stelton can't resist a challenge, especially one with a prize like this: protect a castle on the Scottish border for a year, and it's his. Desperate for land of his own, he'll do anything to win the estate—even enter a proxy marriage to Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, the rumored witch who lives there.
Feared and scorned for her second sight, Lisbeth swore she'd never marry, but she is drawn to the handsome, confident Alex. She sees great love with him but fears what he would think of her gift and her visions of a traitor in their midst.
Despite his own vow never to fall in love, Alex can't get the alluring Lisbeth out of his mind and is driven to protect her when attacks begin on the border. But as her visions of danger intensify, Lisbeth knows it is she who must protect him. Realizing they'll secure their future only by facing the threat together, she must choose between keeping her magic a secret and losing the man she loves.
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Ruth A. Casie is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy and contemporary romance. She weaves exciting and beautifully told legendary tales that are both rich and engaging. Her stories are full of, ‘edge of your seat’ suspense, mind-boggling drama and a forever-after romance.