Why does the title Yearning to Breathe Free sound familiar?

The 1883 sonnet “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus

appears as the inscription for the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor.

The full sonnet is:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

(Italics added.)

How can I make the yellow and white type on the black background larger and easier to read?

I’m sorry that you’re finding the blog a bit difficult to read. It is light type on black to remain consistent with my main website, http://www.newmediabrew.com

You can easily enlarge a webpage in your browser window to make text easier to read by:

  • on a Mac, hold down the control key and move the mouse scroll button up
  • on Windows, click on VIEW at the top of your screen, click on TEXT SIZE, and select LARGE or LARGEST.

Why aren’t your posts more frequent?

This is a labor of love for me. My attention and time must first go to my clients whose projects enable me to pay the bills. I post content on this blog as I get the time to work on Yearning to Breathe Free. If you’re a sugar daddy, or you know of one, please introduce us. I would love to pursue Yearning full-time.

What is the distinction between ‘refugee’ and ‘immigrant’?

The answer is provided by Joe Johns:

Many people don’t see a distinction, however there is a significant distinction resulting from the fact that immigrants have a choice and refugees don’t. Immigrants freely choose to retain or reject citizenship of their homeland whereas refugees are forced to flee their country of origin to save their lives.  Although a refugee is still legally a citizen of the country he or she flees, technically it means very little because their homeland affords them no protection, a central concept of citizenship.

Understanding this helps USA-born Americans distinguish the refugee resettlement issue from however they might feel about immigration policy in general, much less illegal immigration. Having said that, what’s good for refugees is often good for immigrants—particularly if the immigrant is seeking political asylum.  So there is common ground between the two when the immigrant is a political asylee as opposed to someone with some means simply trying to better his or her economic situation in America.

— Joe Johns, director of Missional Living at Fellowship Missionary Church and board member of The Reclamation Project, both in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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