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Just this early evening, I have finished Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit451.
This was one of the books on the suggested reading list given to us during a seminar I attended at the Tennessee Mountain Writers’ January Jumpstart Conference 2018.
When I first began, I was not certain I’d enjoy the book. It seemed to me to be a bit disjointed.
I really cannot say.
However, as it continued onward, I began to enjoy it.
I also felt lots of differing emotions.
I found myself angry with the firemen. Upset with the world, and its idiot need to rid itself of books, and the knowledge they contained, and soon I began to see that in many ways we are doing this very thing today.
Ridding books of words because they might be offensive to some, removing things from history books so as not to disturb the young minds learning from them, when in fact the removal is doing more damage than what was within the pages to begin is far worse.
Getting so no one can read anything longer than a novelette, and so on.
I get so annoyed when I write something, only to have someone write me back with no understanding, only to find out they simply did not read what I sent them all the way through, and this, this book, explains it all.
We, as an entire society have allowed ourselves to be dumbed down.
Shorter is better.
Instant gratification is the ticket, and everyone in such a hurry to get onto the next thing and next, next and next, no one paying attention to what is right in front of them.
This book, almost made me angry for another reason too.
I’d just begun to really enjoy the story, when it was over.
All the men were together, the city had been destroyed, the adventure only just begun, and what did I read?
I nearly threw my phone out the window in disgust.
Yes, it was a close thing.
What stopped me, other than the sub sandwich I was holding in my hand?
There are books, books, and more books to read.
So, help me, the next time I hear of someone wanting to remove words from a book, or take out historical facts that ought to be left in, I’m going to stage some sort of major protest.
People, it is time to wake up.
Time to slow down, enjoy what is around us, and never ever stop thinking for ourselves.
Never ever allow people to tell us what we can and cannot read.
Never ever lose ourselves for the sake of going along to get along.
To authors, I say write. To readers, I say read, and to all I say think…think…think…
And now, NLS.
PS. If you’ve never read this book, do it right now! Today! This very moment! Download this book and see what you’ve been missing.
For now, in the words of Claire Plaisted of Plaisted Publishing House, “Enjoy your lives and read a book.”
Fahrenheit 451 / DB34963
Bradbury, Ray. Reading time: 5 hours, 29 minutes.
Read by Jeff Halberstadt.
Social satire set in the future, when owning or reading books is a crime. Guy Montag, the fireman-hero, becomes a fugitive when he succumbs to temptation. Some strong language.
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MORE ON PATTY L. FLETCHER…
Welcome to my Media Kit King Campbell and I are pleased to present
some wonderous stories and art work to you all. Enjoy.
Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery at The Seeing Eye Written by Patty L. Fletcher Told by, King Campbell Lee – The Seeing Eye Dog AKA Bubba
Spring and Summer 2017
In this magical and love filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels
to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of
puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of
learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his
tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one
frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the
urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save
her so she can fulfill her destiny?
The use of Tail instead of Tale for story and Magik instead of Magic is intended for these short stories. A great play on words from King Campbell
Patty Lyne Fletcher in her own words (October 2017
About me and my crew
I’m a 49-year-old single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls,
and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later on.
I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee—a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames.
When and where I was born
I was born on November 9, 1967 in Kingsport, Tenn., where I also grew up.
About my blindness
I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991,
at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to
a guide dog.
Where I live and work
Currently, I live and work in Kingsport, Tenn.
I used to work for CONTACT-CONCERN of Northeast Tennessee, Inc. I left that position in order to spend time with family and pursue my writing full time.
Why I write.
I wrote Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life to tell the story of how going to The Seeing Eye™ and getting Campbell, learning to
love, handle, and work him, then coming home and adding him to my life, gave me true freedom.
I tell of how changing from being a 31-year cane user to being a guide dog handler taught me things about myself I had never known before. I tell of the
wonderment I experienced when I finally took that chance.
A major goal of mine is to help others who find themselves in domestic violence situations. I also want to help others learn more
about mental illnesses and how different situations and environments can drastically affect those with such challenges.
I tell how training affected me physically as a result of the fibromyalgia I deal with, along with the side effects of the medications I take.
I focus on bipolar disorder, on how it can go horribly wrong and cause a person to behave in ways they normally would not.
Another thing I have attempted to show is how, in certain institutional settings, attachments can develop—and how those attachments can become unhealthy
for all concerned if they are not handled correctly.
Most simply, I want others to know more about me.
In Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye, it is King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba’s turn to tell his tale.
While helping to ready a group of pups to go and meet their puppy raiser families, so they too, might one-day become Seeing Eye dogs, he tells of what
it was like for him, to grow up and become a Seeing Eye dog.
My hobbies include reading, writing, music, and standup comedy. I also like nature walks, light hiking, tent camping, and fishing. No, I am not afraid
to bait a hook.
Music I enjoy
My favorite types of music are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country, as well as some present-day country music. I also like meditation music.
My favorite books and authors
I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. I love the books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and many more. My favorite books include
Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.
My spiritual faith
I am a spiritual walker. I claim no particular faith, either Christian or pagan. I simply know that there is God and Goddess, or Mother Father God, as
some call her/him. I lean toward the natural approach, or Druidism (Druidry), as it promotes harmony and respect for all beings, including the environment.
I am also very interested in herbs and their healing properties. I recently enrolled in a course that will allow me to earn a certificate in the field
of working with herbs.
Corner the Comfort Zone.
Patty & Pals
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