I haven’t read Lord of the Flies, Catch-22, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, etc. in quite awhile. Maybe it is time to rummage through the book boxes.

The eNotes Blog

Banned Books Week is currently celebrating its 36th anniversary! This year’s theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship.

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Did you know that some of the best works of all time, and very often the ones you’ll have studied in school, have at one time or another been censored from the public? Did you know that the practice of censorship in literature still goes on today?

Yup, somewhere out there, a blinkered individual could actually be pondering at this very moment the dangers of a mind raised on an “occultist” story like Bridge to Terabithia, while someone of the same mindset argues that the bildungsroman The Perks of Being a Wallflower is “unsuited to a teenage audience.” Seriously.

And it’s not all Sex, by Madonna, Gossip Girl and l8r, g8r that are considered poised to corrupt our…

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The Royal Colour

I have a love affair with purple.  In the three years I have lived in this place I have endeavoured to convert most of the plants in the flower garden to shades of mauve to the very darkest of purples that kiss the edge of black.

I was most pleased with the sweet peas this year.

The Delphinium was a good choice too.











The yarrow is a pleasing colour, but it is so invasive.  I ripped up a clump of if a couple of weeks ago.  Already the persistent missed roots are re-establishing themselves.

For fun, here is one of the top searches for ‘purple poems.’

“Purple Cow” is the name of a well-known poem by Gelett Burgess, written in 1895:

The original “Purple Cow,” from 1895

I never saw a purple cow.
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow
I’d rather see than be one

Acts 16:14
One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.