I‘m thankful for having made it through my formal schooling years without too much uproar of banned books. Granted, I did get the joy of reading The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey series before it was removed from the reading list. Our English teacher enjoyed the fact that ‘one more group’ made it through before the gates of administration closed it.
If I were to try teaching now – no matter the grade – I don’t know if I would have liked to go through the political quagmire:
Are we expected to rewrite all of the books of the past to match the standards of the present? Or have we forgotten that what was written in that particular period of time was, in part, a reflection of the reality of that time?
While it is logical that maturity guides when a reader is ready for some things, to lock away books because you don’t like them; someone else shouldn’t get them does go too far.
Thank you, Victoria, for introducing me to the Northwest Tea Festival!
After finishing my first Base2Space climb, I met my friend and her daughter at the final day of the event, and what a day it was.
To discover so many different teas, styles of teas, accessories, serving styles and more, this was going to be a yearly event!
The smaller, independent tea companies were my favorite as were the many sales. (Perhaps one ‘could’ stock up on too much tea? – No!) Who would be there this time? What new blends would be discovered? How many tins, bags and samples could fit in a backpack… (Time to buy another tote!)
The workshops and the many books and brochures could be quite informative. Nice to seep some history into a story in progress every now and then. (Every story I’ve written has a tea tangent.)
Alas, while this year, like so many other events, is virtual, it’s fun to celebrate together, apart.
What are your favorite discoveries and events to enjoy?