Summer Music Memories

If you have ever been a listener to popular music, you’ve probably had the experience of “summer” music – when a song or an album becomes identified with the summer season. It might be even be a particular summer – the summer just after high school graduation, or the summer you got your first full-time … Continue reading Summer Music Memories

Celebrating Audiobook Month

      June is Audiobook Month! When I was a kid (back in the dark ages when recordings were 12-inch LP records), my brothers and I loved sick days. Not because we wanted to miss school, but because being home in bed was a chance to listen to our recordings of Alice in Wonderland or … Continue reading Celebrating Audiobook Month

How Malala Yousafzai Changed the World

Education. It's a word and an institution that has been tugged back and forth between different ideologies, time periods, political parties, and religious groups to name a few, and, depending on what area of the world it is cherished or challenged, can depend on a matter of life and death. For Malala Yousafzai, a young … Continue reading How Malala Yousafzai Changed the World

Roald Dahl Day

Days and dates are declared for various purposes all the time.  Of course, there are the big holidays but there are other often lesser known dates of importance that come about.  One such date was September 13th.  What was special about that day you ask?  It was Roald Dahl Day.  It would have been his … Continue reading Roald Dahl Day

The Fall of Teens: Dystopia in Young Adult Fiction

Dystopia: “an imaginary place or condition in which everything is as bad as possible”.  (Oxford English dictionary: a real honest-to-goodness book made of paper and everything.) In The Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen is forced to fight in a televised competition against other teens.  To the death.  In Divergent Beatrice Prior struggles to find her own … Continue reading The Fall of Teens: Dystopia in Young Adult Fiction

fREADom- Celebrate the Right to Read

This week (Sept. 21-27) is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Every year, the American Library Association collects reports of attempts to ban or challenge books in classrooms, schools, and public libraries in order to study censorship and raise awareness. Check out the Top Ten Challenged Books lists of the 21st … Continue reading fREADom- Celebrate the Right to Read

We’re not in Kansas anymore

My daughter has a Facebook account. She's 4 years old. (If you are Facebook, *Jedi Mind trick* this is not the ToS violation you're looking for...) You might wonder, "But, why?! Why does a 4 year old need a Facebook account?" She doesn't. No one needs Facebook, though seemingly more and more our lives revolve around updating and … Continue reading We’re not in Kansas anymore

Ghostwriting is so Cliche

What a treat!  This week all you faithful readers essentially get two blogs in one.  We were going to talk about trends in fiction, and after doing some research we discovered that we had each found one trend that truly interested us.  These trends didn’t blend together very well, but we wouldn’t let something like … Continue reading Ghostwriting is so Cliche

Literary Olympics

By Amy The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat! The Olympics are in full swing (and will continue through August 12th) showcasing the rise, and sometimes nasty falls, of the world's best athletes. There's been plenty of controversy over the Olympics: from doping allegations to teams throwing games; even the television broadcasts have come … Continue reading Literary Olympics

Cyber Ethics…

By John With the explosion of social networking and the ubiquitous sharing and posting of so much information online, the way we communicate has forever changed.  As such, we should be ensuring that we and our fellow compadres understand our responsibilities for conduct online.  Of which an important component of that is Cyber Ethics.  Cyber … Continue reading Cyber Ethics…