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DAN WOOTTON: Blyton wrote things that we’d never say but that doesn’t cancel the joy she brought

Was some of Enid Blyton's writing racist, with examples of abhorrent language that was and is completely unacceptable? Absolutely. Should the joy of her storytelling that helped develop the imagination of so many children, including mine, be erased for future generations? Absolutely not, writes DAN WOOTTON

Was some of Enid Blyton’s writing racist, with examples of abhorrent language that was and is completely unacceptable? Absolutely. Should the joy of her storytelling that helped develop the imagination of so many children, including mine, be erased for future generations? Absolutely not. But that is my fear after a decision by English Heritage today…

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Crowds react with joy, wariness after Derek Chauvin convicted in murder of George Floyd – National

Click to play video: 'Derek Chauvin guilty: Biden says verdict is a ‘step forward’ but there is still work to do'

London Williams stood in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., moments before the verdict was read in George Floyd’s murder trial Tuesday, wondering how he would cope if the white police officer who killed the Black man was acquitted. “I feel very nervous. It’s already hard as it is as a Black man in…

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Thich Nhat Hanh’s Simple, Profound Mindfulness Practice to Magnify Your Capacity for Joy – Brain Pickings

Tangerine Meditation: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Simple, Profound Mindfulness Practice to Magnify Your Capacity for Joy

My poet friend Marie Howe gives the students in her ecopoetry class a lovely assignment: At the outset of the semester, each young poet is asked to name the animal they find most repulsive, then to learn everything they can about it — scientifically, historically, culturally. By the conclusion of the course, they have to…

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Poet Joy Harjo’s Reflections on Science and Meaning in Response to an Astronomer’s Otherworldly Photographs of Earth – Brain Pickings

Secrets from the Center of the World: Poet Joy Harjo’s Reflections on Science and Meaning in Response to an Astronomer’s Otherworldly Photographs of Earth

“Place and a mind may interpenetrate till the nature of both is altered,” the trailblazing Scottish mountaineer and poet Nan Shepherd wrote into the void of self-elected obscurity decades before her work was posthumously rediscovered as a rare masterpiece of landscape poetics irradiated by the human search for meaning. A generation later, another trailblazing woman…

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Toni Morrison on the Body as an Instrument of Joy, Sanity, and Self-Love – Brain Pickings

Toni Morrison on the Body as an Instrument of Joy, Sanity, and Self-Love

Thinking lately about what it means to have the right heart, which intimates the question of what it means to tend to one’s own heart rightly, I was reminded of a passage from what may be the loveliest, truest, most quietly transcendent thing ever written about the art of growing older: “The main thing is…

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