Sex, Drugs and Teen Literature

What do these three things have in common? They are all things that a parent fears their teenager is going to be exposed to. Teen literature has supplanted rock-in-roll and this is understandable, as Lady Ga Ga does not have the same sinister menace as did Black Sabbath or Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. …

Facing Facebook

I found this really interesting video about the two sides of Facebook and it has got me thinking that maybe Facebook is not for me. embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt  

The Two Faces of Facebook and Friends

You would think that the Internet and Intellectual Freedom would go together like peanut butter and jelly and you would be both right and wrong. The Global Network Initiative (GNI) was formed to protect and advance the freedom of expression but only three of major Internet players have signed up (Google, Yahoo and Microsoft). Those …

Inappropriate Musings

Crisis, real or imaginary, allows for rapid and sometimes drastic changes. Governor Daniels signed an order on his first day on the job that ended collective bargaining with public employee unions and later, Governor Walker of Wisconsin launched his own version of public union-busting. These changes were all possible because of the need to balance …

Every move you make, every breath you take, I’ll be watching you.

It’s a great lyric from “The Police” and I could image it coming from some creepy villain in a movie as he whispers it over the phone to his next young teenage victim. It’s a little hard to hear from your government. The Washington Post reported that the Obama administration, the same friendly looking guy …

“Huckleberry Finn” or “Huckleberry dorsal appendage that is found on non fish like creature (Finn).”

This year, Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben partnered with publisher New South books to release a new, sanitized version of Huckleberry Finn. In this whitewashed version he has remove the N-word and Injun. His rational is that the work becomes eminently more teachable and that these words are negatively charged. Alan Gribben, in my opinion, …

An interview with Helen Frost author of “Keesha’s House”

Kay and I have just finished our latest project. It is part of the “Conversati0n Series” we started a number of years ago. This time we had the opportunity to interview the author Helen Frost. Helen won the Printz award for “Keesha’s House”. She is a wonderful writer and I am so grateful for the …

Not a Fan

Not a Fan I was once a fan of a company called “Nocast”. They provided cable, Internet and phone services and I loved them for about 20 years. I was a fan. Now I have moved to a new house and another company, let’s call it “Zontier”, offered me a great no-contract deal so I …