It never occurred to me until recently that I might need a notice on my website concerning my position on the free exchange of ideas through literature and writing; yet, here we are. Once Upon a Pen is a place where students and parents can explore the literary arts. That's it. My political views have no place here, and I do not "cancel" or criticize my students for viewpoints I dislike. While I reserve the right to be true to my conservative Christian identity in the materials I use and in how I relate to my students, I do not teach religion, politics, or "wokeness". Where I have incorporated religious, moral, and political material into my lessons, it is for the purpose of providing good writing models or a practice activity. I am here to celebrate and teach writing, grammar, reading, and literature. All parents and students--and their opinions--are welcome here.