image001Whenever the subject of banned books arises, I always feel my stomach turn a little.  As a writer and a reader, I am thankful to live in a country founded on free speech.  And yet at the same time, I am surprised that we can, at times, be so afraid of the written word, so intimated by an idea.

My great dream was not to have written a book but to imagine a thought so provocative, so novel that it would cause others to shout or stomp or scream.  And if the dream does come true, then never, please never, ban the words!

Celebrate the last few days of Banned Book Week by reading one of your favorites.  Mine, To Kill A Mockingbird. Yours???

Posted October 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm · 5 comments · Leave a Comment


  1. Kathy, October 2nd, 2009, 2:37 pm

    You'd think we'd be past banning books in this day and time, wouldn't you?
  2. Leisa Hammett, October 4th, 2009, 8:48 am

    Hello, Susan. Thanks for this post. I shared a portion and talked about you on the Tennessean social media site for which I am one of the moderators: I have continued to think about your daughter's affirming realization about your achievements. It's so where I am in celebrating the arrival of midlife and it's gifts of empowerment and achievement through coming into our own. Cheers!
  3. carole T Marshall, November 23rd, 2009, 8:50 am

    I just finished reading, Lokking for Salavation at the Dairy Queen. I found myself in Catherine Grace growing up, always, wanting, searing for something else, only to find out what I relly wanted is rigth in front of my face. I chhose this book from my local library on no recommendation from anyone. I was walking down the library aisle, and there is was. Almost has if I was drawn too it. Many thanks, for giving me a peaceful weeken of enjoyable reading.
  4. Kalyn, May 3rd, 2011, 5:15 am

    This has made my day. I wish all psotngis were this good.

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