Robert Thornhill
Lady Justice and the Magic Dragon


Lady Justice and the Magic Dragon

    Three children, a boy eight, and two six-year-old girls, see violence so terrifying that they retreat into the magical, make-believe world of Puff the Magic Dragon

where they feel safe and secure.

    P.I. Walt Williams teams up with Lady Justice and Puff to protect the kids from vicious muggers, an abusive husband, and a sexual predator.

    Once again, justice is served when Walt and his senior sidekicks come to the rescue.

    A story filled with fears, tears, laughter, and hope.

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Puff the Magic Dragon

by Peter, Paul & Mary







    In 1963, Peter, Paul, and Mary released Puff the Magic Dragon, a song depicting the joys and wonders of childhood innocence and the loss of same as the child ages.

    Most of us can remember bits and pieces of those wonderful years, when we let our imaginations run wild and anything was possible.

    Santa was real and the Tooth Fairy left quarters under our pillows.

    The first verse invokes the essence of those early times.


    Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea

    And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honahlee.

    Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff

   And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff.


    Little kids pretend --- I know I did.

    Mike, the kid down the street, and I used to fight over which of us would get to be Roy Rogers or one of our other heroes. I remember making swords out of scrap lumber and having duels with my cousin.

    Great memories --- great times --- but nothing lasts forever.


    A dragon lives forever, but not so little boys.

    Painted rings and giant wings make way for other toys.

    One gray night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more

    And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar.


    At some point, the innocence is lost.

    We come to realize that the Santa at the department store is just an old fat guy with a fake beard who goes home, guzzles beer and watches TV. One morning, there is no quarter under the pillow.

    It’s okay though. We rationalize that we’ve outgrown that kid’s stuff. Besides, we’ve found other things to capture our interest --- sports, cars, girls!

    It’s a natural progression. We can’t stay kids forever. The fantasy of childhood eventually morphs into the harsh reality of adulthood.

    While not without its trials and tribulations, it’s a transition that most of us make.

    Most --- but not all.

    Like little Jackie Paper, most of us leave the world of magic dragons behind, but there are a few who cannot or will not leave that place of innocence. They find the real world too frightening, so they retreat into the only place that gives them peace, and cling to their magic dragon, their one true friend.