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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson. 1886. 144 pages. [Source: Library]
First sentence: Mr. Utterson, the lawyer, was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile;
Premise/plot: What if the 'dark' inside you was fully released and realized?!
My thoughts: What an interesting book to read after reading John Owen's Overcoming Sin and Tempation! Dr. Jekyll has a secret 'dark' side that he struggles to keep concealed. Only a few come to learn his BIG, BIG secret: he has found a way of satisfying his dark side in the personality of MR. HYDE. But the more he gives into temptation and becomes Mr. Hyde, letting Mr. Hyde loose in the city and country, the harder the struggle is to return to being Dr. Jekyll. There is a battle going on over his body--if you will--but it isn't a battle of good versus evil, just slightly evil with totally evil.
This is a very short read that is easy to recommend.
© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews
Welcome to the 2016 Cybils Speculative Reader! As a first run reader for the Cybils, I'll be briefly introducing you to the books on the list, giving you a mostly unbiased look at some of the plot.Enjoy! Synopsis: At first, Zen Starling was just a... Read the rest of this post
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By Cynthia Leitich Smith
Congratulations to fellow Vermont College of Fine Arts
faculty member Martine Leavitt
, who also an alumna, for winning the Canadian Governor General's Award
. Peek: "Told in spare, beautiful prose, this transcendent exploration of reality and truth is funny, frightening and affirming. Calvin (Groundwood Books) is an astonishing achievement.” — #GGBooks Jury Statement.(Re)Igniting the Writer's Life
by John Vorhaus
from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "We want
to write but we fear
to write. If you’re in this bind, my heart goes out to you, and I really want to help you over the hump and into, or back into, your active practice of writing."Why People Forget Your Character & How to Prevent It
by Darcy Pattison
from Fiction Notes. Peek: "...too many times I find myself struggling to remember details of a character in a novel I read last year. Give your characters longevity and notoriety with these techniques."The Rejection Tug-of-War
from Uma Krishnaswami. Peek: "...we brood. Was that editor or agent right? Is the work dead? Is is any good? Is there something there worth salvaging?" What to Expect from an Agent
by Mary Kole
from Kidlit.com. Peek: "What will an agent do for you? What might an agent do for you if they have certain specialties? What is unreasonable to expect of an agent? First, I’d like to discuss what an agent won’t do." Note: Agents also get paid a percentage of royalties.Using Family Stories to Write Historical Fiction
by Helen Maryles Shankman
from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "...I couldn’t run away from my parents’ stories. As I grew up, I began to understand that they weren’t just memories that could be dismissed and forgotten; they were the origin stories for our own scarred and imperfect lives."Planning Great Book Events
by Sophie Masson
from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "Launches are especially good for debut books; for bespoke, collectible books; and for group books, such as anthologies and collections."Decolonizing Nostalgia: When Historical Fiction Betrays Readers of Color
by Sarah Hannah Gomez
from The Horn Book. Peek: "I may have done the work to tease out the parts of the girls I read about that matched my own identity, but I became increasingly aware that the books themselves did not recognize me, a biracial (black and white) adoptee in a bicultural (Mexican American and Ashkenazi Jewish) family." See also Hannah on 5 YA Books Inspired by Real-Life Murderers
from BNTeenBlog.The Need for More Diversity Within LGBTQIAP Children's-YA Literature
by Ashley Herring Blake
from CBC Diversity. Peek: "in the end, I only had one book to put in that mother’s hands. After talking with this mother, the children’s book manager at my store found some more books about trans kids for younger readers and ordered them, and that is excellent, but we need more options."Writing and Parenting
from Elizabeth Spann Craig. Peek: "99% of the posts that dads write on parenting and writing are different–they don’t seem to have the guilty undertones. In fact, these dads usually feel they’re spending better quality or more time with their kids."The Complex Principles of a Picture Book
from Chronicle Books. Peek: "How much abstraction for artistic intent is acceptable? What needs to come across in information? What needs to come across in feeling?"Cynsational GiveawaysThis Week at Cynsations
A four-part series:Cynsational Event
See Donna Janell Bowman on Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness
from Cynsations.More Personally
Happy Halloween weekend, Cynsational readers!
First, my thanks to author-illustrator Ambelin Kwaymullina
for joining me here this week for an in-depth, four-part dialogue
on the creative life and process, speculative fiction, diversity, privilege, indigenous literature, and books for young readers.
On Monday, I attended Laurie Halse Anderson
's author event and signing at BookPeople in Austin. She spoke with great passion and compassion about the American Revolution, historical research, the creative life and the importance of diversifying children's-YA literature--all the while book-talking and centering diverse voices. Inspiring!
This week I am praying for the Water Protectors and for all children being inundated with the Cleveland Indians mascot. See The Great Failure of the Indian Mascots Debate
by Sterling HolyWhiteMountain
from ESPN, which reflects on both. Also, go Cubs!
By: Heidi Mordhorst,
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This is the hour of Kenn Nesbitt
! Our former Children's Poet Laureate has worked for more than two years with over 130 poets to produce one of the loveliest anthologies of poetry I've ever held in my hands. (As a contributor, I have already had this pleasure though the book release is not until November 1.) I think one of the big appeals of One Minute Till Bedtime
is that it feels distinctly old-fashioned.
The heft of the book, the feel of the dust jacket and the paper inside (smooth but not slick) contribute to this initial sensation. The hand-chalked title and cover illustration glow forth from a deep purple background. Christoph Niemann
's robust drawings build the feeling--they appear simple and straightforward but they carry (like good writing
for children) layers of imagination and emotion. And the poems inside, not all of which are sleepy or soft by any means, are cozy
nonetheless--they speak to the experiences that children have at home, in their early close relationships with people, objects and the creatures of the natural world. There's no flash, no high-tech, no gloss--just outstanding design and sensitive curation.
In a time of--would you agree with me?--global unrest, when anyone who is paying attention to the Big Picture must carry a sense of unease, this book is somehow comforting and reassuring. It confirms that the fundamental, ritual experience of going to bed with a story, poem or song shared in the voice of a beloved caregiver is alive and well.
So it's fitting that when Kenn was invited to an interview over at Michelle Heidenrich Barnes's blog
, he offered this challenge:
Write a poem for your mother. Write it for your mother and give it to her. It can be any kind of poem you like, as long as it’s especially for her. In my opinion, a poem is the best gift you can ever give someone. It doesn’t cost you anything but a little thought and time, and yet it will be treasured forever.
And fittingly enough, I have just such a gift poem in my archives! I posted it to the Ditty of the Month Club Padlet and now I share it with you here--a poem about precisely that experience I described above, of being rhymed and rhythmed, thrilled and calmed each morning, noon and night by the voice of my mother, Lila (nee Zingerline) Mordhorst.
this little piggy stayed home open the doors and see all the people four gray geese in a flock for so long you listened to every word I apple seed and apple thorn there were two old Indians crossing the Mississippi ripping a seam here and there putting right sides together
would you like to hear the rest?
© Heidi Mordhorst
The round-up for this Poetry Friday is with Linda at TeacherDance
. May you hear today in your travels the voice of someone who spoke to you with love at bedtime--and may we seek that for every child.
By: Brian Bowes,
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4 sweet frosted sugar cookies.
Darling! I don't think they needed to add the illustration at the bottom with the car and the road, but I like the photo of the guy and girl holding hands, I wish that was bigger, more of the focus. But I know it will be eye catching on display in my library.Why I Wanted to Read This:
This came in my first book order of the fall and I was looking for something light and fun. I started this right when I pulled it out of the box! Here's the synopsis:
June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.Romance?:
Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.
Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.
Yes, of course.My Thoughts:
To be perfectly honest, I almost gave up on this book. June was so closed off and judgemental and righteous in the beginning that I had a very hard time liking her. She was just so right that Oliver and his group of friends were awful and she and her group of friends were right to dislike everything and everyone. I was afraid her attitude would last too long in the book and turn me off on it completely. However, I stuck with it and her attitude didn't last too long. She started to see that there was some value in most people and while some people are exactly what they appear to be, a lot of people aren't, including some of her "non-conformist" friends.
I LOVED OLIVER. Seriously, new book boyfriend. He's such a good guy. And I know he does give off a certain type of attitude with his appearance, he's just so much more than that. He is who I would totally have crushed on in high school, especially once I got to know him!
I would like to give this book to all the girls who judge people before they can be judged, that put up that wall to protect themselves. I work in a middle school and there are A LOT of girls like this who I want to read this book, but most of them wouldn't read a romance because it's not dark enough!
To Sum It Up:
Darling romance that could teach people a lot about judging others before getting to know them!
Book from school library collection.
I reviewed and really enjoyed Anne Nesbet's debut novel, The Cabinet of Earth. It was exciting to read a middle grade fantasy novel set in Paris and I found the magic that Nesbet created for this story exciting and out of the ordinary. Nesbet followed with A Box of Gargoyles, a companion to her first book, then The Wrinkled Crown, another fantasy with the feel of a traditional fairy tale, albeit one with political undertones. It surprised me to find that Nesbet's new book, Cloud and Wallfish, is set in East Germany in 1989 and centers around the hard won friendship between an American boy with a paralyzing stutter and a curious girl who has been sent to live with her grandmother. Like what I imagine life in the German Democratic Republic prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall must have been like, Cloud and Wallfish is a quiet, secretive book that requests patience from readers. This patience will be rewarded, like the page turn that reveals the meaning to the title of this marvelous book, but some questions will never be answered.
Cloud and Wallfish begins in Oasis, Virginia in May of 1989. Noah Keller has almost finished fifth grade when his parents pick him up from school and completely turn his life upside down. Everything with his name on it is thrown into a trashcan at a rest stop on their way to the airport. They are headed to East Berlin, where Noah's mother has been given the opportunity to study the educational system in East Germany and finish her doctoral dissertation titled, "Differential Approaches to Elementary Education for Children with Special Speech-Production Impediments in East and West." This dissertation is especially personal for Noah and his mother because Noah stutters and has often been a guinea pig for his mother and her research. Noah also has a photographic memory, although he has not revealed this ability to his parents.
Noah's mother gives him a list of nine rules that he must adhere to strictly now that their "adventure" has begun, the first of which is, "They will always be listening and often be watching. Don't forget that." She also tells him that they are all changing their names, handing him a photo album filled with "memories" from a city they never lived in. Noah's dad also tells him that he was born in November and not March as he had always believed, sending him spiraling even further. Nesbet, by way of Noah's father, helps Noah cope with finding out that he isn't the person he thought he was, and that he is also being required to become a new person, in a humorously philosophical way that made me stop and think about identity,
Names change all the time. Some people change names when they get married, Some people write books under a pseudonym. Some people just always wanted to be called Rainbow Stormchaser, and one day they decide to make it so. Some people emerge from their wild teenage years and decide it's time to settle down to a quiet life in Oasis, Virginia, under different names entirely -
As an adult reading Cloud and Wallfish, there were so many moments that made me stop and think, and turn to Wikipedia, or my husband who is a history teacher and who also, like Nesbet, visited East Berlin as an exchange student (in fact, Nesbet, who is a professor at University of California Berkeley returned to the GDR in 1989 to work on her own dissertation). It was clear to me from the start that one or both of Noah's parents are spies (although Noah's stay-at-home dad insists that he is writing a novel about a mink farmer, he even puts locks his manuscript in the safe in their East German apartment every night), but I hope that young readers will come to this realization over the course of the novel along with Noah as he comes to suspect this himself.
Once in East Berlin, Noah's (now Jonah Brown) life comes to a grinding halt. Not only does he have to adhere to the nine rules, almost all of which include some form of not talking to anyone at any time, he is not allowed to go to school. Things do look up when he meets the girl living downstairs. Claudia, who is staying with her grandmother while her parents visit Hungary, is kept from talking to him, but she does get the chance to tell him that they are both changelings, strangers in this world and needing to get back to where they came from before they are forgotten. The two find their own coded ways to communicate, in the middle of country that is rife with codes and secret communications. One of my favorite, unforgettable things in Cloud and Wallfish is a communication the two share as they pass a map of Berlin back and forth. On this map, West Berlin is a blank, white blob amidst the streest of East Berlin and the two slowly begin drawing the intricate world of the changelings that they need to return to in this space.
The true climax of Cloud and Wallfish comes almost at the end of the novel, but "Secret Files" that Nesbet includes at the after each chapter (which are really non-fiction glimpses into this time in East Germany, with translations of newspaper articles and speeches and more, illuminating further the strange dystopian world that existed in Europe, in my lifetime) help to build the tension. I don't want to give too much away, but a tragedy with Claudia's parents and a secret revealed to Noah propels the two children into a dangerous situation just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Nesbet's epilogue, which visits Claudia some years later, had me tearing up, in a good way.
Cloud and Wallfish is an amazing book that prompted me to learn more about the world that I live in. It is also a book that will require perseverance and dedication from readers, but also one that will reward this hard work. I hope that teachers and parents will embrace Cloud and Wallfish and read it out loud, a really great way to hook kids on a book they might not pick up or a book they might not stick with. My twelve-year-old son has heard me and my husband talking about this book and I think he is almost ready to give it a go, but of course I can't suggest that he read it...
Another fantastic book set in East Germany, 1961, beginning just as the wall goes up:
More books by Anne Nesbet
Source: Review Copy
Electric Literature has published an essay I wrote about Robert Aickman
, one of the greatest of the 20th century's short story writers:
Thirty-five years after his death, Robert Aickman is beginning to receive the attention he deserves as one of the great 20th century writers of short fiction. For the first time, new editions of his books are plentiful, making this a golden age for readers who appreciate the uniquely unsettling effect of his work.Continue reading at Electric Literature
Unsettling is a key description for Aickman’s writing, not merely in the sense of creating anxiety, but in the sense of undoing what has been settled: his stories unsettle the ideas you bring to them about how fictional reality and consensus reality should fit together. The supernatural is never far from the surreal. He was drawn to ghost stories because they provided him with conventions for unmaking the conventional world, but he was about as much of a traditional ghost story writer as Salvador Dalí was a typical designer of pocket watches.
For more of me on Aickman, see this post about my favorite of his stories, "The Stains"
Tonight I am humbled and so grateful I can hardly find a place for all the feelings.
I am at our annual state library conference. I had the honor of working with all our youth services conference presenters to bring fifteen programs to our members. These programs were extraordinary - Amy Koester came up for IL to share her thoughts on leadership and involving families. Wisconsin youth librarians shared their expertise on play groups, tangly issues on collection development, shared TABS, service to teen moms, teen college and career planning, service on award committees, transformative partnerships, new SLP paradigms, youth art galleries in libraries and so much more.
We celebrated our award winners - library and librarians of the year and inductees into the Wi Library Hall of Fame.
And more personally, so many colleagues said yes to me over the past few days. I have been elected the president-elect of the WI Library Association. My term as president begins in 2018. Over the past two days, so many colleagues from all types of libraries serving all ages have answered "YES!" when I have asked them to help me in creating an annual conference of consequence in 2018 and to step up to create a strong board, amazing committees and a place where all library staff feel welcome to interact and push library service in our state further and faster. I am humbled by their commitment and their faith.
Our Youth Services Section nurtured me, my WLA board colleagues of the past six years forged me and the confidence of the members of the association lift me up. I am so lucky to have this support and the guidance of my colleagues. This is the true grace that makes all things possible.
Another late night postcard keeping school visits, coaching, and drawing and other work efforts in relative balance... and I thusly have no problem with the "tired" theme for this #inktober2016 contribution. A worthwhile effort -- and now I'm off to bed! #goodnight #inktober #saveourseaice
By: Patrick Girouard
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एनीमिया रोग – महिलाओं में खून की कमी- महिलाएं घर की धुरी होती हैं वह पूरे परिवार की जिम्मेवारी को बखूबी निभाती हैं, पर जब खुद की सेहत की हो तो अपना ध्यान ही नहीं रखती… अपनी सेहत के प्रति बिल्कुल लापरवाह होती है… एनीमिया रोग – महिलाओं में खून की कमी नारी, महिला, औरत, […]
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Here's some advice for selling your books at festivals and other events.
From Bored Panda: 15+ of the Most Creative Halloween Costumes - I like Peter and his shadow best!
Via Nathan Bransford: A fantastic diagram that breaks down The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers and their imprints. WOW!
From Nine Kinds of Pie: How to Read Harold (and the Purple Crayon)
From The Federation of Children's Book Groups - and idea to celebrate NATIONAL NON-FICTION NOVEMBER 2016
Nathan Bransford is blogging again and shared some awesome links:
From shouldiworkforfree.com - a handy dandy hilarious diagram mapping whether you should work for free or not
From bookends (a literary agency): Never Will You Just Write
I'm playing with tiny paper people lately.
It seems easier to figure out than real Halloween costumes.
I keep hoping the wildebeests will agree to dress up like book characters.
Like Baghead by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
That sounds reasonable, right?
A costume that doubles as a trick-or-treat bag!
Okay I'm mostly kidding.
The tiny guys are my way of getting ready for a virtual boo party
with Puddle Jump Collective.
Do you have any easy costume ideas to share?
Figurines try to imitate the human everyday life, but they are facing limitations due to their toy situation.
The post ‘Made in China’ by Vincent Tsui appeared first on Cartoon Brew.
By: Barbara Fisher,
Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison’d entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights hast thirty one
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches’ mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg’d i’ the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse,
Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger’s *chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
According to this online Macbeth Glosary *chaudron are entrails. Who knew?
Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I
William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616
This poem is in the public domain
By Pumpkins fat and witches lean...
By coal black cats with eyes of green,
By all the magic ever seen...
I wish you luck this Halloween..
Happy Halloween to family, friends, and all readers of my blog. Stay safe this Halloween. Me? I will be hiding under the bed covers.
I must say a very big thank you to Yvonne for this fantastic Halloween card (right). If you have not had the pleasure of meeting Yvonne, you will find her over at Melancholy and Menace or at her Etsy shop here
Thanks so much for your enthusiastic response to Kenneth Kit Lamug's Interview and his atmospheric illustrations in his haunting Halloween tale, The Stumps of Flattop Hill. I hope you took the time to watch his delightfully eerie book trailer. If not, you'll find the link below.
Thank you, Ken, for sharing your special talent with us! Visit the author here:
And now, announcing The LUCKY WINNER of THE STUMPS OF FLATTOP HILL chosen by random.org:
**Congratulations, MARTIN SEGAL**
(Martin, you have one week to claim your prize. Please e-mail me with your mailing address: (at)gmail(dot)com>) The Stumps of Flattop Hill is a macabre tale of a little girl who enters the town’s legendary haunted house in the face of fear. A dark tale for children in the tradition of the Brother’s Grimm, it calls to mind the provocative illustration style of Edward Gorey. Scary and entertaining, this book challenges the idea of what children’s books can be.
The Stumps of Flattop Hill received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2016
Here's the link to the book trailer: My next guest is a dear friend of many years, Author Pat Brisson, who will share with us for the Thanksgiving season. For now, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! ~Clara
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Blog: Life's Beautiful Path
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Poor Children. Day 28 of #Inktober2016.
Today's Inktober is a little different - an extra illustration for a current book project, a new edition of Frank L. Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. This was a 'warm-up' drawing to get me in the groove and test nibs, so a little rough and ready, though often first drawings have an energy that re-draws somehow miss! Unfortunately, although there are several sections featuring children it doesn't quite fit with any specific passage in the book, so I've not submitted it to the publisher with the other cuts.
I can show it here though!
The book is in production as I write, more news on that to come.
According to Author Jeff Chang’s book We Gon’ Be Alright, the racial apocalypse is the recurring “white” American narrative in which the civilizers, the chosen people meant to fulfill their diversity, are overrun by the savages, the barbarians who embody chaos and ruin.
Matter of fact, the racial apocalypse is part of the DNA of American culture-Buffalo Bill Cody’s cowboys and Indians show and D.W. Griffth’s The Birth of the Nation. It’s in the series told about the Alamo, General Custer, Reconstruction, the Sixties. It’s even there in the fixation on the Civil War, Lincoln’s Life and assassination and the common disappearance of slavery from that story.
So, in the southern heat of 2009, Tea Party activists appeared under Confederate flags bearing signs that read “Bring Back “We The People,”Trump’s Birther Campaign followed. And by 2016, Trump supporters and voters appeared at his rallies “talking about building walls, closing borders, checking papers, and sending people back where they came from.”
Therefore, when potential presidential candidate Donald Trump came to Duplin County on September 21, the security inside and outside the Duplin County Event Center was extremely tight.
But, despite all the flashing cameras and nosey news reporters roaming the parking lots, one revolutionary act slipped under their radar.
That incident involved Elizabeth Meyers Murphy of Wallace, NC, who is a graduate of James Sprunt Community College.
Murphy, whose husband (Tracey) is Black, said while living in the small southern community of Duplin, she has seen her “fair” share of racial profiling.
According to Murphy, while her husband was working as a pizza delivery driver, in uniform, with the sign on his car, he had a police officer, lights flashing, pull him over, in front of his place of employment, because he “fit the description.”
“I sit and worry about him every time he is late getting home...” she admitted.
With incidents like this fresh in her mind along with the reports of unarmed Black men getting murdered by police on the Nightly News, Murphy felt she was obligated to take a stand when she discovered that Donald Trump was coming to Kenansville. Especially, with all the racist rhetoric surrounding his past rallies, as well as, his recommendation of re-impending the unconstitutional stop and risk policy, which had been practiced by the New York Police Department.
Matter of fact, according to analysis conducted by the NYCLU, that same stop and risk policy, which Trump desired to re-impede nationwide, was revealed to have subjugated hundreds of thousand Blacks and “Latinos” to racial profiling tactics, illegal stops and privacy rights violations. With the knowledge of this unconditional policy, Murphy along with her friend Terrell Sutton, who became an ordained minister last year to perform her wedding, were not going to be bullied by the Trump supporters in order to make an every lasting statement during this historic event.
“I was very nervous heading in. We (Terrell Sutton) and I stood in line for a long time, listening to what was going on around us and seeing the signs along with the merchandise being sold. But, I said nothing.” Murphy explained.
Despite their fear, Murphy and Sutton made a conscious decision to continue their plan even in a coliseum full of rowdy Trump supporters.
Get inside the Trump rally.
Without “looking suspicious.”
And reveal a Black Lives Matter Shirt.Which, Murphy had cleverly hidden underneath another Tee-shirt that ironically had a peace sign on it.
Unfortunately, Murphy’s plan was interrupted by two Secret Service agents, who surrendered her and Terrell and ushered them out of the Event Center. “I planned to get past the entrance (metal detectors) and then remove it (the peace shirt) to display the BLM shirt.” Murphy said. “I wanted to make sure I made it to my seat and make sure the statement showed up on the news. Unfortunately, however, after we got in the building, several secret service agent came over and circled the two of us.”
After being stopped by the Secret Service Agents and pulled out of line, Murphy alleged that they asked her what was on her shirt and was there any words on it. She claimed that she said a picture of a silhouette of a woman with the words Black Lives Matter. With that knowledge, the Secret Service Agents allegedly asked Murphy and Sutton to leave the rally.
“My friend asked why (the only thing he had said the whole time) and was told he needed to leave, too. I asked the guy why we couldn't talk where we were, and he wouldn't answer me. Murphy admitted.
“I asked a couple more times, and he just kept telling me to come with him. Once he got us just outside the gate, he got right on top of me and told me we had to leave. I asked why? And, he repeated said I had to leave. I said that I had tickets and had only been standing quietly in line.” explained Murphy, who has been keeping herself political aware by watching the political debates.
Despite having tickets and tents outside selling Tee-shirts with statements like Deplorable Lives Matter, Trump The Bitch, and Hillary For Prison, Murphy’s Black Lives Matters shirt was still considered offensive. As a result, she was again told to leave. Not only from the event. But, from the parking lot. “I guess they (the Secret Service) had informed the police what was going on as we were walking out to "talk" because 4 or 5 of them had formed a circle around my friend and me.” Murphy wrote.
According to Murphy, after being told to leave the premises, they were escorted back to their car by two officers and watched very closely. When asked why they had to leave, they were told that were inciting a riot. By this time, the officers ran their license plates, while another officer stopped traffic in order for them to leave.
“I hear a lot of people that seem to have a profound misunderstanding of what the idea of Black Lives Matter even means. They only get their info from horrifically flawed and biased sources that always present the movement in the worst possible light. I had hoped they would see us and realize we weren't scary, we weren't there to fight, we have this idea that we believe."
Writing, both prose and poetry, comes in so many forms. Sometimes we read stories or poems that entertain us, or we choose tales that allow us to escape into another world for a while. At other times we want to engage with a piece of writing in a book that encourages us to think and consider. Today's poetry title is just such a book. Each poem offers up an idea that explores a powerful concept, and that inspires us to think about important and meaningful life messages.
Make Magic! Do Good!
Poetry Picture Book
Candlewick Press, 2012, 978-0-7636-5746-8
Writers create their stories and poems for a number of reasons. For some they have a narrative in their head that they just have to get down on paper. Others see or experience something that they feel the need to describe. Sometimes writers create because they want to make their readers laugh or because they want to teach them about something. Then there are the writers who want to convey a message that they feel their readers need to hear.
This poetry book fits into the latter category. Dallas Clayton is a person who understands that we all need, at times, to be gently reminded of the things that really matter. For example, did you ever realize that it takes the same amount of effort to think about good things as it does to think about things that are bad? Which means that it takes the same amount of energy to make people sad or to make them happy. So do you want to be the kind of person who covers the walls of a building with angry thoughts about “who’s to blame,” or do you want to create and give away pictures that will make people happy instead.
In her poem Try! the author exhorts us to do all kinds of things like “ride in a helicopter,” “tame a whale,” or “race / up to outer space.” It is possible that we might fail in our attempts, but we should try anyway.
In another poem, one called Real Live Dragon, a narrator tells us about how he or she once found a dragon. The problem is that there are many people out there who just do not appreciate dragons. They want to lock them up, and problems arise when people get jealous and argue over who found the dragon first. The narrator realizes that the only way to keep the dragon would be to keep it hidden, and it does not make sense to do this. After all, what is the point of having something as ‘cool’ as a dragon if “there’s no one else / there to share it?”
This carefully created poetry collection offers readers a great deal to think about. Sometimes a poem needs to be read a few times to capture the full meaning therein, but as the words sink in and thoughts coalesce, readers will come to appreciate what the author is saying, and her words will stick with them as they go about their day.
Pixie Piper lives in a house that looks like an acorn. Rhymes pop into her head unbidden. Things that used to feel cozy and fun, like her Mom's job planning fun events at the senior residence, or her father's job as caretaker for a toilet museum, have become embarrassing and awkward.
Then a series of odd things happen;
1. Her Mom tells her a secret about her family history.
2. She hurts her very best friend's feelings, because a classmate thinks they are a "couple".
3. She meets a most annoying fortune-teller
4. She finds a goose egg in the woods.
Now, Pixie Piper has an enemy, a secret, and worse, someone is trying to hurt her pet goose!
The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper by Annabelle Fisher is a fun, fantastic read for kids in grades 4 and up.
By: Sue Bursztynski,
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There is actually a Samhain scene in my novel Wolfborn
, but that isn't the scene I read on YouTube. It was a scene in Xhapter 4 where my hero, Etienne, is lost in a storm while riding home through the forest. He meets a few supernatural folk along the way...
I thought as long as the day is on its way, I'd offer you a link to my reading of a shivery scene in my book.
And maybe I'll have a go at reading the Samhain scene on to YouTube sometime this weekend, in honour of the festival.
that link. Follow and enjoy!