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Joined November 2016

Writer mama. Loud introvert. Author. Booktok @bookwoman72 patriciaflahertypagan.com
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Alexander Hamilton | Veda Boyd Jones
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Saved up & took my son to Hamilton! His smile was so wide as he whispered all the lyrics! His library choices yesterday reflect this… #Hamilton #biography #kidlit

TrishB Very cool 👍🏻 8h
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The Measure | Nikki Erlick
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Good but not great. Interesting questions arise in this magical realism tale. Mysterious strings foretell the length of adults‘ lives. 8 characters react to this strange event, but it took me 150 pages to care deeply about them. Setting was underutilized. Author uses a politician to highlight parallels between the strings & real world evils like ableism. Maura & Nina navigate love & fate. Good book group material. #4stars #theme #magicalrealism

Birdsong28 I just wish they had explained where the strings came from. 4d
SomedayAlmost @Birdsong28 I suspected from reviews that she wouldn‘t, but yeah, I expected better explanations/ world-building. 2d
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Ask for Andrea | Noelle W. Ihli
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Loving this spooky read! The Bram Stoker horror awards prelim ballot came out, & I grabbed this book because I hadn‘t read it. Like to be an educated voter. Love the murder victims turned ghosts. So far, It‘s like a ghostly tale meets a serial killer thriller. Fun! #currentread #supernatural #horror

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The Measure | Nikki Erlick
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I could not draw any character or apartment, vivid description is lacking, but fascinating social issues (like ableism, ageism, privacy, fear of other) continue to arise. The only vivid scene I could really picture so far was at the driving range, but as a “big idea” theme book this is good… #currentread #bookgroupbook #socialissues #theme

wanderinglynn You have lots of cuteness around you. ❤️🐱 1w
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The Night Before Lunar New Year | Natasha Wing, Lingfeng Ho
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LNY is coming! The books in the cute “Night Before” series vary in story quality, but we really liked this one. Co-author Ho contributes fun cultural details. My 8 year old really enjoyed it. #lunarnewyear #kidlit #yearoftherabbit

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My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Martin Luther King, III
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Enjoyed reading about Dr. King though his son‘s eyes. The challenge & inspiration of MLK Jr ‘s message shines through. Recommend for grades K-2. Be prepared to discuss violence civil rights activists were forced to endure. #5stars #kidlit

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Shirley Jackson tries to catch snowflakes.
Opening of a literary essay? #bookishcat #snowday #catsoflitsy

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Writing Book Reviews | John E. Drewry
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Who do y‘all recommend following on Booktok? If you know of accounts with fun or helpful reviews like folks leave here, (including your own), let me know… #bookreviews #tiktok #bookish

wanderinglynn I love ezeekat. He‘s adorable and has fun reviews and other bookish, geekish, & gaming videos. 3w
vivastory If you like horror I rec. booksinthefreezer 3w
SomedayAlmost Thanks! 3w
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Enjoying this fun mystery set amidst beautiful mountains. Think Longmire series meets Netflix‘s “Virgin River” fish-out-of water moments. Jennifer Herrington and her husband try to find their way back to each other while solving the murder their caretaker has been framed for in a small Wyoming town. Light read after heavy horror. Pic by the author, not me. #mystery #strongsetting #romanticsuspense

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 3w
SomedayAlmost Photo credit to the author. Thanks! 3w
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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Read this book. Jade stays with you after the last unique page. Slasher flicks as metaphor for alienation, racism against native communities, family violence… in a dark and sometimes darkly comic tale. The bold, vivid, sad, unexpected ending blew me away. Perhaps my favorite book of 2022? #unique #horror #comingofage #indigenousvoices

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🔥 4w
SomedayAlmost Thanks! 4w
SamAnne Loved this one and looking forward to the next one in the series. 4w
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Happy Holidays, fellow bookworms! Hope that you enjoy time with good friends and good books this holiday weekend. #happyholidays #merrychristmas

Dragon Happy Holidays ⛄️❄️💚🐉 1mo
SomedayAlmost Back at ya! 1mo
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Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology | Rena Mason, Vince A Liaguno
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Highly recommend this scary, inclusive anthology in which the demons of racism, homophobia & sexism terrify one as much as the actual demons. Scary & thought- provoking tales by S.A. Cosby & Holly L Walrath shone. And “Where the Lovelight Gleams” will break your heart. Damn. #horror #shortstories #racism #homophobia #sexism

Bookwormjillk 😻 2mo
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Thankful | Eileen Spinelli
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Thankful for my fellow readers. Happy Thanksgiving! (One of my thankfulness feathers reads “books.”) #hHappyThanksgiving #thankful

Sleepswithbooks So cute!! 2mo
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Night Film: A Novel | Marisha Pessl
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New little corner shelf in my study. #shelfie #lovelycovers #bookworm

EvieBee Just lovely. Your collection of owls is adorable! 2mo
SomedayAlmost Thank you! 2mo
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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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…And I think I know what the big final twist is. No matter, I am enjoying the story. Some over-hyped books fall short for me (“Crawdads”), but I am enjoying all the family dysfunction…. #audiobooks #hypedbooks #mystery

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I enjoyed this one!! 3mo
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Babysitter | Joyce Carol Oates
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The ominous foreshadowing, frightening killer(s), language, and (fascinating) use of parentheses make this brilliant thriller unique. I do have to admit that Hannah, the housewife whose husband takes her for granted, grates on my nerves a bit. Now that there are more chapters narrated by Mikey & others, I am enjoying it even more. #amreading #serialkillers #thriller

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October, October | Katya Balen
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Scarathalon total was 5,680. Read 2 adult books, 4 kids‘ books, & listened to 2 audiobooks for 31 by 31. Thanks to @Clwojick for all her work organizing our team and to @Catsandbooks for the extra motivation of her read-a-thon. Enjoy the rest of fall, #TeamSlaughter! #scarathalon22 #31by31 #grateful

Clwojick Amazing! Way to go! 🖤 3mo
Catsandbooks Awesome job!! 🎉 ✨🎃 3mo
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All Hallows' Eve | Annabelle Jacobs
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Hope your Halloween was happy! Had a busy weekend in which I maybe lost track of a few points? Anyway, enjoyed my audiobooks, kid's books & movies. Kiddo had a good holiday. #Scarathalon22 #TeamSlaughter #31by31 #Halloween

Catsandbooks Terrific! 🎉☠️🧡 3mo
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Stalker | Michella Rasmussen
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As a former expat, “Watcher” was a particular creepy movie with which to end my Scarathalon horrors. Isolated in a confusing foreign land with a difficult language, Romania, an expat wife encounters a dangerous neighbor… #horror #stalking #expatlife #movies #TeamSlaughter #Scarathalon

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Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology | Rena Mason, Vince A Liaguno
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Thrilled & grateful to open my frighteningly great All Hallows‘ Read Swap gifts from L. long! I have been dying to read this anthology which includes a story by my writer pal Holly L Walrath, I didn‘t own Coraline, & the pumpkins are my fave Halloween treat! Thank you! 🎃❤️ #AHRS #halloweenswaps #grateful #horror #TeamSlaughter

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Hallowe'en Party | Agatha Christie
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It starts slowly, & isn‘t her best, but once Poirot is on the case investigating the murder of a teen at a Halloween party, it‘s a lot of fun. Or is it a double murder? I‘ll let you find out… #murder #Halloweenread #audiobooks #TeamSlaughter #Scarathalon #31by31

Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🐈‍⬛🧡 3mo
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The Wizard of Oz | Frank Baum
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Annual family screening of Mama‘s favorite movie! #wickedwitch #Halloween #movies #Scarathalon #TeamSlaughter

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The Violence: A Novel | Delilah S. Dawson
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This novel is slicing its way to the top of my TBR pile. #knife #photoprompt #TeamSlaughter #Scarathalon

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October Ogre | Ron Roy
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3 stars for this Halloween tale your second grader can read on his/her/their own. Haunted house plot is cute, but it‘s a bit dated and a white girl dresses up as Sacajawea, which was a common mistake when I was younger but not something to condone. #Halloween #kidlit #TeamSlaughter #Scarathalon22

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Real Estate | Lorrie Moore
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1 BR is creepy AF and well done. Rough one for cat lovers. Smart. #horror #movies #Scarathalon22 #TeamSlaughter

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I enjoyed Hanna‘s sarcastic demeanor, and who doesn‘t love a cookie bakery & a moody cat, but it honestly felt like a generic cozy. Strong setting can make a cozy stand out, but descriptions of Lake Eden weren‘t particularly vivid or memorable. Narrator was good. #3stars #teamread #mystery #scarathalon22 #TeamSlaughter #31by31

Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🎃🖤 3mo
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Status Update | Annabeth Albert
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Week 3 points for Team Slaughter. Updated to include the words about autumn game & participation points on top of the word search (it was “murder”) in Team read & read—a-thon hours. Still true that the only good part of being sick this week was the reading! Thanks for your patience with the math, @Clwojick #Scarathalon22 #TeamSlaughter #Week3points

Clwojick Awesome! Way to go! ☠ 3mo
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My All Hallows Read Swap package arrived! Exciting. Can‘t wait to open it next week. #allhallowsreadswap #halloweenswaps

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False Witness | Karin Slaughter
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The love and pain shared between sisters Leigh and Callie make this thriller stand out. Icy rich boy rapist Andrew is a creepy villain. Minor characters have a few tricks up their sleeves as well. Enjoyed this one even more than “Pieces of her,” I think because of the strong sibling relationship. #TeamRead #thriller #Scarathalon22 #TeamSlaughter #31by31

5feet.of.fury Yessss I loved Callie and Leigh‘s complicated relationship. The way they interacted made the book for me, also. 3mo
GHABI4ROSES Required reading for two of my daughters. It rocked me. @DieAReader @Andrew65 @SusanOrnelas65 @Lesanne this is my eldest and third children. Jordan and Jesse. But that season ends gloriously for us 🙏🏾Jordan is actually in criminal defense as well, just wow. (edited) 3mo
Catsandbooks Kitty cuddles! ❤️ 3mo
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So scary and so good. Don‘t let your kid go anywhere near a van, and watch this movie. Finn & his sister are fighters. #horror #siblings #recommend #movie #Scarathalon22 #TeamSlaughter

Love_Books_a_Latte This movie was a trip for sure. The unexplained madness.... 4mo
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Christopher Lee performs this short tale of murder & courtroom drama with flair! The mistress character is such fun. Classic Christie. #audiobook #mystery #TeamSlaughter #Scarathalon2022 #31by31

Catsandbooks 🙌🏼👻💜 4mo
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Scarathalon photo prompt: Murder. I read this one quickly for a book group, so I may actually try to reread it before I watch the new Masterpiece Mystery PBS miniseries it inspired. #murder #photoprompt #TeamSlaughter #Scarathalon22

Aims42 I just watched the first episode last night! It‘s been a few years since I‘ve read the book so it was fun diving back in with these characters 😃 4mo
jlhammar The Masterpiece Mystery series is fun so far! I listened to the audiobook of this a few years back. Hoping to start Moonflower Murders soon. 4mo
SomedayAlmost I am looking forward to the series. 4mo
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“So Not Ghoul” is a colorful, funny, poignant book about a Chinese-American ghost who is laughed at for not dressing like her peers. Great for grades 2-4, grade 3 kids into clothes may be ideal audience. My son thought “girl ghosts” were not very interesting. But it‘s a good one. #diversebooks #ghoststories #kidlit #AsianAmericanAuthors #Scarathalon22 #TeamSlaughter #31by31

Catsandbooks Cute kitty! ❤️ 4mo
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Recommend “Detour” by Joyce Carol Oates in this collection. Enjoyed this tale of murder and “captivity” in a long marriage. Well-written psychological suspense. #shortstory #murder #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon22 #31by31

Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🧡 4mo
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5 stars for this fun Halloween read in which the librarian conjures famous literary monsters from a teacher‘s magic book. Creatures from the Headless Horseman to the Jabberwocky show their kind side over apple cider and cookies. Spookily good story for grades 1-4 that encourages reading. #kidlit #librarian #halloween #Scarathalon22 #TeamSlaughter #31by31

Catsandbooks Adorable kitty! 🧡 4mo
Clwojick This one looks great! 4mo
SomedayAlmost Dolly Cat says thanks! And this is a great one with a kids‘ guide to the books the monsters come from in the back. 4mo
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This strange gem of a book, one of my favorites, features a sugar bowl one should avoid! #poison #scarathalon22 #photoprompt #TeamSlaughter

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“Only Stand and Wait” is a previously unpublished suspense tale by the brilliant Jackson in a recent edition of the “Strand Magazine.” It is more of a fable than a straight story; she does not even give the main characters names. The “blindness” discussed in the piece is more symbolic than literal. (I don‘t read this as an intended depiction of the truly visually impaired by Jackson.) #shortstory #suspense #TeamSlaughter #Scarathalon22

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“Charlie Roberts” is a previously unpublished Shirley Jackson domestic suspense story recently published in “Strand Magazine.” A very short reflection of the undertones of married life in which she, as the editor writes “says more in the spaces between, in the unarticulated.” Excellent prose from Jackson, as always, in a form that would now be called flash fiction. #story #domesticsuspense #horrorauthors #scarathalon22 #TeamSlaughter

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It‘s not like I‘m obsessed with “The Watcher,” and stayed up too late on a Sunday night binge-watching it… ok, it totally is. #horror #Scarathalon22 #truecrime #tv #TeamSlaughter

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Snapping & laughing with wee boy tonight. #halloweenmovies #familymovie #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon22

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Fun read for Star Wars fans age 6-100. Monsters don‘t scare Darth, but it‘s funny when his fear is finally revealed. #Scared #Scarathalonprompt #TeamSlaughter #31by31 #kidlit

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So into “The Watcher”‘ last night that I forgot to post this… Comic creator making a difference for women in the industry, until her colleague shows up dead! Got this signed at Bouchercon & it‘s near the top of my tbr pile. #scarathalondailyprompt #TeamSlaughter #secret

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Counting | Jane Yorke
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Read and listened more hours this week. Points are less-but I did do less of the word searching (got distracting.) Enjoying the motivation to read & watch. #scarathalon22 #31by31 #TeamSlaughter #week2

Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🎃🖤 4mo
Clwojick Way to go! 4mo
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Book Swap | J E Rowney
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Sent off my All Hallows‘ Read Swap package yesterday (in a recycled box. I forgot to post the pic.) Fun! Thanks for arranging the swap, @MaleficentBookDragon #halloweenreads #allhallowsread #litsyswaps

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Movie Night | Lucy Courtenay
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Halloweentown is a fun holiday movie for the family. Kiddo enjoyed it tonight. #Halloweenmovie #Scarathalon22 #TeamSlaughter #familyHalloween

ReadingOver50 Watched this last night 4mo
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Chasing the Boogeyman | Richard Chizmar
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Clever, suspenseful horror fiction written in the style of true crime. Who Is the killer abducting teen girls & posing them in the quiet spots of the author‘s real, seemingly safe home town? The author wraps his own true story of life as a young writer living with his super nice parents into this eerie page-turner. True-crime-style photos of the fictional investigation add a fun touch. 5 stars. #serialkillers #TeamSlaughter #31by31 #scarathalon

Catsandbooks 🙌🏼👻🖤 4mo
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Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand
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Atmospheric YA folk horror. Starts strong with a great setting, missing girls & a creepy devil of island lore. 3 girls face evil, adventures and crushes on each other. They lost me a bit on the YA love story. I wanted more evil & less description of the girls. Teens might enjoy that subplot more. Narrator does a good job but the writing & reading in the chapters narrated by Val gets heavy handed. #audiobook #teamslaughter #Scarathalon #31by31

Catsandbooks 🙌🏼☠️❤️ 4mo
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The Watcher: A Novel | Jennifer Pashley
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Creepy psychological horror series from Ryan Murphy on Netflix. Good acting. After the first two episodes of “The Watcher,” I‘m hooked. #horror #TeamSlaughter #Scarathalon

Clwojick Oooo sounds good! 4mo
SomedayAlmost It is! 4mo
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Big Pumpkin | Erica Silverman
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Another one for the witch photo prompt. My family loves this witch on a quest for pumpkin pie… #witch #kidlit #Scarathalon2022 #teamslaughter #5points

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Open Your Mouth | Jessica Raney, Jae Mazer
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Blatant promotion of a charity anthology close to my heart for today‘s witch prompt- my own story of witchcraft in this collection to benefit the Women‘s Law Center. Sorry for the bsp, but now is a crucial time to support women‘s rights, & I think witches of yore would approve… #witch #photoprompt #Scarathalon22 #teamslaughter #5points