pretty pictures


Here is a wonderful post on children and creativity from Annette Rochelle Aben!

Annette Rochelle Aben

Kids know the value

Huddle with crayons and a book

Filling in the blanks

With colors that set them free

Lines are only suggestions

©2018 Annette Rochelle Aben

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This is an excellent post from KSBeth about censorship! Thanks to her for the post and from the ULS, the Underground Library Society.

I didn't have my glasses on....

when visiting the detroit public library

m is shocked to find that books

 have been banned in the past

and learns a huge lesson.

“censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.” 

-laurie halse anderson, Speak

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Frankenstein: First Impressions


Here is a post from one of my students’ blogs.

Erica's Book Blog

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus written by Mary Shelly is a cautionary tale about Victor Frankenstein, a young intelligent scientist who creates a ghastly, sapient creature in a unconventional scientific experiment.


What I observed after reading Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein in my Genres of Popular Fiction class is how significant and powerful first impressions are. Based only on a few seconds an individual can evaluate whether they want to further a relationship with you as a result of your demeanor and/or the way you dress. This is what I noticed throughout the novel. Victor was eager to create a monster, but once he created  it, he automatically judged the monster knowing nothing of its intelligence and feelings, except its appearance. Victor instantly feared the monster without giving much time and thought into how he was treating it. This goes for how we treat individuals in life. “By judging others we blind…

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Happy Solstice; Happy Litha!




June 21st is one of the most important dates in the pre-Christian Celtic calendar. It is the day with the longest daylight of the year, and it is a celebration of the coming summer.

Please understand, that there is nothing evil or Satanic in this holiday or its celebration. It is simply an expression of seasonal joy.

Happy Solstice!

Happy Litha!





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World Refugee Day and The United States of America


Around the world, millions of people are forced to flee their homes to try to escape violence and to attempt to save their families. These are people who are forced into making the most difficult decisions and who are among the most vulnerable people in the world. This includes the families who are attempting to escape severe danger and to seek asylum in the United States of America, which had been before the shining beacon of hope for those in peril.

How they are treated by the nations of the world, including the United States of America, is a defining measure of those countries.

The United Nations Refugee Agency speaks to this issue: “On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.” (

Please support World Refugee Day, and please remember that our current President has caused a refugee crisis by his inexcusable, inhumane, treatment of children on our southern border, treatment that is child abuse.

Speak up for these families. Do not let the United States of America’s beacon of hope die out.


Works Cited

Concentration camps at the border: a moral stain that will taint America forever.


I must reblog this post–it is powerful and needed in these dangerous times.

While I don’t often speak out directly on political current events on this blog, today is an exception. I’m going to make this as blunt, succinct and clear as possible: the Trump Administration’s policy of tearing children away from their parents, and imprisoning them in cage facilities near the border, is cruel, immoral, wrong, and disastrous. It’s a moral stain on the United States of America, and on Americans as a people, which will not soon be washed away. And if we don’t stop and reverse course right now, it’s going to get worse.

A lot of ink has been spilled over the last few days about what to call the monstrous thing happening down there in the Southwest, whether children are being put in “cages” or what conditions the children are or are not being subjected to. I don’t hesitate to call these facilities what they are: concentration camps…

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