Who Coudlnt Use a Laugh this Time of Year? by C. L. Lewis author of The Road to Dendura Creed Griffon Series Follow us on Facebook

It’s that time of year again when all the hustle and bustle
of the holiday seasons can – well, drive you mad! Whether it’s braving the mall
for that last minute gift, or grocery shopping for Christmas dinner, we’ve all
run into one – or possibly even been one – A disgruntled crazy-eyed, speed walking, gift grabber,
ready to rumble over the last Barbie or 50” television. I think some of the more habitual offenders should have their shopping cart licenses revoked…
Seriously though, for
the last few years, during the Christmas rush, I’ve tried focusing on giving my
readers a laugh or two. Let’s face it, who couldn’t use one of those? Not to
mention the fact that laughs are free. Laughter is good for the body and mind as a whole. I’ve include some research information from http://www.helpguide.org/articles/emotional-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm   I’ve also pasted a few comics from one of my
most favorite cartoonists, Gary Larson

The Effects of Laughter: 

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system.
    Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and
    infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins,
    the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall
    sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart.
    Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood
    flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other
    cardiovascular problems.
  • Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.
  • Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.
  • Humor shifts perspective,
    allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening
    light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can
    help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.

If by chance anyone else out there
would like to share a good family type comic strip, story or joke, please send them in
and I’ll add them to the blog for other people to get a chuckle out of. http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter


Happy Halloween! From C. L. Lewis Author of the Creed Griffon Series Road to Dendura See How Candy Corn is Made! Did you say rubber chocolates and doughnuts?

Happy Halloween! I know it’s a little early for this, but it will be here before you know it! Besides, I love this time of the year. Not only do I get to eat as much candy as I want, but I also get in a few laughs. Of course this is the season for Trick OR Treat… 

Well, with that being said I’ve been partaking in plenty of treats… Look out Twix bars. However, I must confess, “I got tricked!” I took a bite out of a piece of fake chocolate that was left on my desk. It looked like the real thing – tasted – like – an – old – tire… Lucky for me, no dental work needed. 

 Revenge? How does a rubber dounut sound pal? hee hee haa haa

Candy Corn How it's Made

I must admit I do remember a time when Halloween was just for
kids… And now? Things have seriously changed! I just came from
Walmart, where the cashier was dressed like Hello Kitty! And the guy I
passed on the freeway? He was dressed like a Zombie! I wonder if that’s what he looks like before or after his morning coffee?

All joking aside, I wanted to thank Mrs. Gregson and her 11th grade class for inviting me to participate in their Spooktacular Writing Extravaganza! Honestly, you guys have some serious imagination! I loved your creative costumes and pure positive energy! My personal favorite? The gentleman dressed as the Minecraft Creeper. Excellent use of cardboard my friend. Regardless, you made me want to run laps after our meeting! Wow! Meanwhile, I added more interesting ideas for Halloween costumes to my repertoire! 

Creative with a Capital C!
What Imagination!

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Downton Abbey in the United States? by author C. L. Lewis, www.creedgriffon.com Dressing Downton February 5, 2015,

I love visiting unique places. A few of the places I’ve been privileged to visit as an author are Monterey Bay Aquarium, located in Monterey California, and the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California. I’ve traveled all around the United States and abroad. Where the U.S. is concerned, I thought I knew most of the major attractions it had to offer… Until I ran into this incredible castle! 

 Below is a picture of my dining room… Okay, I’m seriously joking here. It’s Biltmore again… Stay calm and ring Carson for tea:)  


It looks like it should be in Europe right? Like it’s a place for a Downton Abbey spin off… Its name? Biltmore Estate and if I wouldn’t have seen it with my own eyes, I would’ve thought it was a neighbor to Highclere Castle. Lucky for me, it’s actually located in Ashville, North Carolina! And speaking of Downton Abbey, Biltmore is hosting “Dressing Downton, February 5, 
2015!”  You’ll have to contact them for details, but I’ve pasted a small snippet about the even below:

February 5 – May 25, 2015

Visit to enjoy the exciting new experience of viewing more than 45 costumes from the popular PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abbey® showcased in America’s largest home. The Dressing Downton
exhibition displays costumes in groupings throughout the house 
inspired by the fictional show and by real life at Biltmore. Ranging
from servants’ uniforms to lavish evening gowns, the award-winning
costumes reflect how world events—the sinking of Titanic, World War I,
the Jazz Age, and the evolving roles of women—influenced fashions.


Biltmore House, the exhibition’s premiere location, strikingly
resembles Highclere Castle where the series was filmed, making it easy
for guests to imagine how the Vanderbilts and their employees lived a
century ago. 

“The day-to-day running of Biltmore House was surprisingly
similar to that of Downton Abbey,” said Ellen Rickman, Director of
Museum Services. “Just like Downton has Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes,
Biltmore had its own cast of fascinating characters. Displaying these
fabulous costumes from the show gives us an unparalleled opportunity to
delve into Biltmore’s stories.”

Exhibition produced by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with
Cosprop Ltd., London. Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2015 Carnival Film
& Television Limited. All Rights Reserved.

This exhibit is included with your estate admission.

So if you’ve made it this far, you might be asking what this has to do with my book series, The Road to Dendura – Creed Griffon? Devonshire Castle, a fictional location in my book, was based on one of three castles located in England. When I see castles such as these, they inspire my imagination. If their walls could talk, oh the tales they would tell. When I look at Biltmore – my imagination runs wild! (not to mention, authors have favorite television series too) If there’s anyone out there that has pictures or information they don’t mind sharing about their visit to Biltmore, please feel free to send them to me! 

As for now, I’ve pasted a link below that provides good background information pertaining to this magnificent estate.



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Because of the Creed Griffon series, I’ve been privileged to visit many wonderful schools. Some of them have incorporated the B.O.B. program (Battle of Books) or similar programs. I first learned of the B.O.B. competition at one of my book signings. A teacher purchased a copy of The Road to Dendura and told me she was going to offer it up to her students for battle. Of course this sparked my interest and momentarily left me thinking – ‘What kind of teacher are you?’ Images of a kid type American Gladiator were quick to pelt my brain. Thankfully, she began telling me about the B.O.B. and how her kids really come alive when competing against each other.

Below is a little bit of information about the program directly from the official Battle of the Books website. All I can say is that they do take this competition very seriously and  allow students to compete at local, regional, and state levels. However, if you don’t want to participate on a major scale, I’ve known various teachers who have held private book battles just for their own classes, with books of their own choosing, along with various incentives. If you’ve been looking for new ways to get your children or teens interested in reading, the following should give you a few ideas. 

What is Battle of the Books :

America’s Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program
for students in grades 3-12. The purpose is simply to encourage students
to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.

How Does A Student Participate?

A student participates by reading from the book list provided for that
year’s America’s Battle of the Books. Students may count “books” they
have read before. However, they cannot count books that they have only
seen on a video or a movie. They must read the book. They should keep a
summary so they can review this information before their “Local Battle.”

Where Do The Students Get The Books?

School libraries may order copies of each book on the list. The book
stores will also have them available.

When Do The Students Read The Books?

The school battles will be held usually in March or April of that year.
Therefore, students will have plenty of time to read the books during
the school year. Reading through the summer is completely optional, but
available to students.

What Is The “Battle?”

A typical “Battle” is a full day tournament or game, like the College
Bowl, in which students’ teams earn points by answering questions about
the books on the book list. The day begins with a meeting in the
cafeteria, a morning snack and directions for the day. Then they are
assigned to a team, given a mascot, and sent to their first round of the
“Battle.” They play several rounds, each against a different team. At
the end of the morning, points are totaled and the two teams with the
most points are invited to a “Grand Battle” after lunch, with the other
teams as their audience. These two teams will also be given the
opportunity to participate in the regional “Battle” in April and the
statewide “Battle” also held in May or June, if regional battles have
been organized by local participants in your area.


How Does It Benefit The Child?

The students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books,
sharing them with friends, parents and teachers, plus a fun day of
playing in the “Battle.”

What Does It Cost To Participate?

The only cost is an annual membership fee. We require that each school
or group using our questions have a current America’s Battle of the
Books association member. An association member is typically a
librarian, teacher, or designated parent. All of our questions are free,
as well as most of our resources. When you fill out the membership form
please send a check (we do not accept credit cards or purchase orders)
with this form.

About Battle of the Books

America’s Battle of the Books is a business partnership that serves
students, families, and schools. No one receives a salary or profits
from the service provided through America’s Battle of the Books. We
exist solely to promote the enjoyment of reading and to strength the
curriculum goals in America’s educational environment. Our financial
profits are placed back into our business to promote our services and
educational goals.



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