Censorship

I totally agree.

Nan's Notebook

I came across a blog post today that I happen to agree with. Not everyone will.

Nonetheless, I decided to share it and let you make up your own mind.

**For some known-only-to-Wordpress (!) reason, the “reblog” option on the website didn’t work, so following is the intro with a link to read the remaining post.**

The title of the post is: Shall We Start Burning Books Again? (This is a rant…read if you like)

The blogger begins with a reference to the recent news related to six of Dr. Seuss’s books and then continues …

Ok, people things have gotten ridiculous.  It needs to stop.

YES, we can look at books, movies, advertising, tv shows, songs, etc. from the past and see the racism, sexism, ageism, and all the other isms!  We can see the flagrant homophobia.

BUT, I’m sorry we cannot erase history AND we shouldn’t as then…

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The Dr. Seuss controversy

the way of improvement leads home

In case you haven’t heard, Seuss Enterprises will no longer publish six Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) books because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” They are:

Seuss Enterprises pulled Mulberry Street because it includes an illustration of an Asian man wearing a conical hat holding chopsticks and eating from a bowl:

Seuss Enterprises pulled If I Ran the Zoo because it includes stereotypes of African and Chinese men:

Seuss Enterprises pulled McElligott’s Pool because it uses the term “Eskimo” and depicts an “Eskimo Fish”:

Seuss Enterprises pulled On Beyond Zebra and Scrambled Eggs Super because they include Arab stereotypes.

Seuss Enterprises pulled The Cat’s Quizzer because it ridicules Japanese people.

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Witches’ Chant

Peedeel's Blog

Thou art weary, weary, weary,
Thou art weary and far away!
Hear me, gentle spirit, hear me;
Come before the dawn of day.

I hear a small voice from the hill,
The vapour is deadly, pale, and still –
A murmuring sough is on the wood,
And the witching star is red as blood.

And in the cleft of heaven I scan
The giant form of a naked man;
His eye is like the burning brand,
And he holds a sword in his right hand.

All is not well: by dint of spell,
Somewhere between the heaven and hell
There is this light a wild deray;
The spirits have wander’d from their way.

The purple drops shall tinge the moon,
As she wanders through the midnight noon;
And the dawning heaven shall all be red
With blood by guilty angels shed.

Be as it will, I have the skill
To…

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Happy New Month . . . Dear March – come in!

Purplerays

    Dear March – Come in –
    How glad I am –
    I hoped for you before –
    Put down your Hat –
    You must have walked –
    How out of Breath you are –
    Dear March, how are you, and the Rest –
    Did you leave Nature well –
    Oh March, Come right upstairs with me –
    I have so much to tell –

    I got your Letter, and the Birds –
    The Maples never knew that you were coming –
    I declare – how Red their Faces grew –
    But March, forgive me –
    And all those Hills you left for me to Hue –
    There was no Purple suitable –
    You took it all with you –

    Who knocks? That April –
    Lock the Door –
    I will not be pursued –
    He stayed away a Year to call
    When I am occupied –
    But trifles look so…

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    Monday Morning Wisdom #299

    Eleanor Roosevelt has always been one of my favorite people.

    ARHtistic License

    If we study our own history, we find that we have always been ready to receive the unfortunates from other countries, and though this may seem a generous gesture on our part, we have profited a thousand fold by what they have brought us.

    ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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    Are Declassed Professionals in the United States like Surplus Song Dynasty Civil Servants?

    Interesting theory here.

    Benjamin Studebaker

    I’ve been reading Youngmin Kim’s A History of Chinese Political Thought. In one of his chapters, he argues that during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), a peculiar kind of “metaphysical republicanism” took root. As the Chinese population increased, the Song state struggled to create enough jobs in the state bureaucracy to accommodate larger and larger numbers of educated young men. Unable to pursue political power through the conventional pathways, these young men invented a new kind of political theory to make sense of their positions (or lack thereof). Kim’s description of this theory is eerily reminiscent of the kind of thinking that has become increasingly popular among what I like to call the “fallen” professionals–people with university degrees who have been unable to secure stable, prestigious positions within the power structure.


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    Sunday Sonnet

    Something different! A “reverse” sonnet, by Rubert Brooke.

    References

    Brooke, Rubert. “Sonnet Reversed”. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology, edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008. page 190.

    Snow Moon

    beautiful

    Hate and Jealousy - News and Reviews

    The Snow Moon, second full moon of the calendar year and first full moon of the Lunar New Year. It is the only full moon that does not appear every year. Instead every 19 years February skips a full moon and then both January and March have two full moons, a phenomenon known as Double Blue Moon.

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    Full Moon Inspiration!

    Purplerays

      Full Moon Blessings!
      Enjoy the Full Moon today February 27!
      Manifest your big dream into reality, crystalize intentions and clarify all ingredients needed to fulfill the dream. Full Moon energy is powerful and will help you to start moving forward to assure your success. It is also a right time for releasing things that no longer serve your higher self.

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              Saturday Caturday

              Radar is fascinated by the printer. Whenever I am printing, he is right there, watching the paper come out of the slot. Sometimes, I have to keep him away from the printer because he attacks the paper & causes a paper jam. This has happened more than once!

              After I’m done printing, he sits & waits for more paper to come out. Sometimes he puts he paw into the slot, trying to make it happen. Silly cat!

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