I find this poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar so perfect to explain why I wear the mask of a pen name as an author. I embellished it with a beautiful mask.
Banned Books Week2013- A. Dragonblood
When asked why they felt that certain books needed to be banned from libraries, both public and private organization leaders say it has to do with topics. According to the ALA; here is a rough guideline of topics that these individuals and groups don’t want you or your children to read.
1. Offensive Language
3. Religious viewpoint
4. Sexually Explicit
I agree that there are certain age groups that books should be written for; however upon studying this list I suppose we shouldn’t be reading the newspaper or even be allowed to upload to the internet.
I feel that some people are always looking for a cause or a community leadership position so that they can justify their own boring existence; however truth be told, these same people are the ones that are killing this once great country of ours. Rather than writing a book of their own or reading to school children they would rather attack and lobby against the idea that Americans actually read a book. Isn’t the whole idea of reading a story whether it was Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain) or Alice in Wonderland by (Charles Dodgson Lewis Carrol) or Forever (Judy Blume) to escape the reality of our day to day lives, open young minds to the ideas of creativity and questions and older ones to bring some peace and release. Our freedoms allow us to write and publish anything we feel others may be able to get lost in, so why then do we allow these small minded individuals to ban them from those who would like to read them but can’t afford to buy them. If you did even deeper, one may say that these critics are strangling the creativity and education of others and they should be the ones attacked. In the long run their spotlighting of books will only fuel some authors desire to capitalize on the idea of their book being provocative and worthy of being banned in-turn selling more and fueling these creatively crippled lobbyists fight and drive.
Some of the schools that I have been a guest speaker promoting reading and writing have banned my books The Children of The Others Collection. When asked they inform me that I recognize sorcery/occult and frightening as normal.
1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)- offensive language, racism
2. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) offensive language, sexuality
3. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) offensive language, weapons
4. Harry Porter (J.K. Rowling) occult/Satanism, religious viewpoint, violence
5. Tarzan (Edgar Rice Burrough) pre marital sex, violence
6. Forever (Judy Blume) offensive language, sexual content
7. Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson) occult/Satanism, offensive language
8. Goosebumps (R.L. Stine) frightening, occult/Satanic themes
9. That was then this is Now (S.E. Hinton)
10. His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman) religious viewpoint, political views
11. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov) sexuality, abduction, molesting
12. The Perks of being a wallflower (Stephen Chbosky) drugs, nudity, homosexuality
13. The Color Purple (Alice Walker) homosexuality, sexually explicit, language
14. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck) racism, offensive language, violence
15. Gossip Girl (Cecily Von Ziegesar) Sexuality, homosexuality
16. Go ask Alice (Anonymous) Drugs, language
17. The Chocolate War (Robert Cormier) nudity, language, sexuality
18. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) insensitivity, anti family, anti ethnic
19. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) homosexuality, religious viewpoint
20. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) Sacrilegious, disrespectful to God
Courtesy of the American Library Assn.
A. Dragonblood author of the Children of The Others Collection
The Crow-interpret it as ancient wisdom, and magic.
As a child I learned an old English rhyme about crows from my grandmother, it went something like this:
One is for bad news,
two is for mirth.
Three is a wedding,
four for a birth.
Five is for riches,
six is a thief,
Seven a journey,
eight is for grief.
Nine is a secret,
ten is for sorrow,
Eleven is love and
twelve is for joy on the morrow.
Over the span of my life I have lost several friends to the choice of taking their own life. So I have asked myself “would of, could of should of,” the three same things that hold us back or bind us in life. The truth as I see it now though the eyes of maturity is this; Stigma. Yes, Stigma is the issue when it comes to someone contemplating the taking of their own life. You really can’t see it coming because there is very little dialogue prior to that horrific moment. Horrific is truly what what you see and feel when you find someone that you were close too laying dead of their own accord. Horrific not as much because of a limp lifeless body, no horrific because you thought you knew them and yet here you are face to face breathing in the same stank air they were only a few hours earlier. Here is where Stigma lies, the Stigma that they were weak, they couldn’t trust anyone with their thoughts, they were all alone even in a crowd. I have felt all this and can attest to the fact that I thought I was a close friend or loved one and they didn’t talk with me. I never asked or dug any deeper into the all time favorite questions,”how are one, or is everything alright?” They are gone and they left more people hurting with more questions than answers, proving life truly is a delicate flower that can bloom for only a short period of time allowing us to enjoy it’s beauty and then it is gone. Everyday look into the heart of those you love and care about and ask them to do the same for you to keep each other strong and forgo the stigma’s
Today is my sons birthday and every year I expand the unconditional commitment as a dad to him. It is a time that I have to remove all my masks and write from my heart rather than my imagination. It is tough being a Dad in this day and age, many fathers don’t always know where they are situated in the hierarchy of family but when t comes to a Son you are the most important person in their life and they should be yours too. (For at least 18 years).
My Unconditional Love for my son-
Teach him a sense of duty, an understanding of responsibility, a reason to be proud a hope for a brilliant future filled with many fulfilled dreams. I want him to feel that his life has a reason an impact on this world that without him it would not be as an amazing place to be. I want him to know and understand as much love and affection as his mother and I feel for one another and together feel towards him. A promise of an even better life than mine knowing that his birth was a gift to this world and my legacy will tremble through to the next world in his steps.
He is doing an amazing job of living so far and I will always be there to hold him up or cheer him on from this life to the next. Blessed Be!