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Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks for joining us. It means a lot! This week’s challenges (yes, there are two this week) come from the amazing Brenda Margriet:  

Today, let’s fill our blog with Fall Photos! Share what it looks like around your part of the world at this time of year.

 It is also Banned Books Week in the US.

Fall in central Florida is just like spring here (minus some of the blooming flowers), which is just like winter (only warmer) or summer (a little cooler). So here are some views of where I live, a gorgeous place but not so seasonal.

More important to me is the second challenge. Banned books. Which, in the past, have included “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, “Animal Farm” by George Orwell and “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. Because some wanted to suppress those ideas.

Writer Evelyn Beatrice Hall summed up Voltaire’s teaching with this quote: ‘I MAY DISAPPROVE OF WHAT YOU SAY, BUT I WILL DEFEND TO THE DEATH YOUR RIGHT TO SAY IT’.

Censorship is dangerous! Period!

A different perspective, a new idea, is stimulating to the intellect. It makes people think. It might make me angry or it might be something I don’t like, but this is America and we have free speech. Which means we have the right to express our opinions.

To stop one book runs the risk of stopping all books. And reading is the gateway to thinking, to expanding our world, to seeing with new eyes.

You don’t have to agree with someone else’s thoughts and they don’t have to agree with yours. But it’s a scary concept to imagine if the day ever comes when we cannot write what we think or believe. One point of view can lead to stagnation, while many points of view open the universe.

Now, let’s hop over to the fabulous A.S. Fenichel. It’s her release day and I can’t wait to read her newest book.

A.S. Fenichel http://asfenichel.com/blog

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