Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Monday, January 24, 2022

Let Freedom Ring in Writing

The first ever Write 4 Freedom Celebration was held recently at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center. More than 35 authors living in The Villages volunteered their time for a special “write in” to demonstrate their love and gratitude for the freedom that makes America great.

Mark Pryor, whose first book, “Noble Phoenix,” is coming out soon said it was a good way to appreciate freedom. “I like the idea of celebrating that we in America can write anything we want. There are lots of places you can’t do that.”

Writers were encouraged to share their appreciation in whatever form they liked–a poem, a story, an opinion piece. And it was music to writer’s ears that there was no word limit. The event was sponsored by the Writers League of The Villages (

Being from New Hampshire, Cathy Gemidi feels appreciating freedom is ingrained in her. “Our state motto is ‘Live free or die,’ and so many people have died for our freedom, and that’s a treasure,” she says. “My father always said, ‘You don’t know how lucky you are.’ I think he was right.”

While the writers worked, Mark Newhouse, one of the organizers, talked about the book, “The Chronicles of The Lodz Ghetto,” by Lucjan Dobroszycki. This book contains stories from unidentified residents. It was one of the largest Jewish ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe. Only 877 of the more than 150,000 people who lived there survived. His parents were among them.

“I have to stand in honor of the people who have served, were tortured, and suffered,” says Roberta Strong. “We should honor them every day, not just one day.”

Kay Pliszka says her latest story for “Chicken Soup for the Soul” was “Spirit of America,” with a patriotic theme.

Mark also announced the date has been set for the Writers League of The Villages Expo 2018. It will be January 27 in the Eisenhower Recreation Center. Last year, there were 3,000 people who visited the event.