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    Special Topics,  Thinking,  Writing and Reading

    What is Banned Books Week and Why You Should Care

    How often do you think about censorship? Banned books? I tend to think of censorship as it pertains to history — something that hasn’t happened much since the McCarthy era, right? So would you be surprised to find out that the American Library Association maintains a list of challenged (and sometimes banned) books by year? I was. I am disgusted by the concept of censorship. It’s not difficult to connect dots between banning certain books and trends in discrimination. Besides, learning to sort through ideas with which…

  • Happiness,  Self care,  Thinking

    When a Breeze Becomes a Sigh

    Everyone in the northeast knows where to find “that tree” — the one that shows its vivid fall colors long before the others in the area. The ones that make us sigh with both resignation and delight.They live in neighborhoods, on street corners, beside streams and ponds, mountainsides and in certain corners of certain farms. Upon seeing them, my imagination tends to take me on a wild ride or two. I think of “those trees” personifying the story of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, “the snowflakes are…

  • Social Media,  Thinking,  Visiting Authors & Artists

    Greetings from Your Weekly Tweet -er

    Greets, tweets! Remember how much we all looked forward to the Weekly Reader? Well here’s your Weekly Tweeter! Relax, I know that not all of you are in Twitter. I find it a pretty good way to satisfy my curiosity and to connect with new people and their thoughts. I thought it might be fun to share some tweets that have piqued my interest in the past few days. Oh, and if you are on Twitter and want to connect there, here’s where you can find…

  • Dog Wisdom,  Fun & Inspiration,  Thinking

    Naming Alex ~ Trusting the Creative Process

    He was called Roo — as in Winnie-the-Pooh’s friend from the Hundred Acre Wood. While it was cute, it did not seem a good fit for such a strong, muscular young pup. Naming a new family member is always a little daunting. In addition, Alex was born deaf. For some reason I think that contributed to doing more than my usual amount of overthinking. For example, although I could call him Herbie today and Winston next week, this little dog needed a name to suit his…