Here’s what I finished last week: NOTHING. I think I have four books going and one, How Sweet the Sound, so close to the end. Will probably finish it tonight and review it tomorrow or Tuesday.
What I did instead: Prepared for and held First Class Day of the new semester in my Advanced Writing (argumentative writing aimed at an academic audience) class at the university and prepared for and held the second class of my “Kid’s Class,” Reading Improvement, aimed at struggling fourth and fifth grade readers, which I do for fun and to stay busy. My Advanced Writing is shaping up as the best yet (in 27 years of teaching the course). I have graded two-thirds of the first day Writing Sample (which doesn’t count for a grade but let’s me see what they are capable of and who’s struggling), and so far I have identified one struggler (who is repeating the class), one possible struggler (who may just need more time), and all the rest are excellent, some outstanding, writers. This bodes well for an interesting and relatively easy semester. The kiddie class has reminded me in two weeks something I had forgotten after teaching adults, or at least young adults, for thirty years–kids have LOTS of energy. My reaction the past two weeks at the end of each class has been–“Whew!” The kids will either keep me young or kill me.
What I started: Lab Girl,which my friends kept telling me was such a great book, but would I listen? Noooo. Now, as I have read the first few chapters, I am swept away by the writing and entering a whole new, more scientific, world which I am unfamiliar but enchanted with.
What I watched on TV: An episode of “Scorpion,” which never fails to keep me on the edge of my seat and two episodes of “Bull,” a fascinating story which has great relationships as sub-plots.
What I am looking forward to reading this evening: The paper edition of The Houston Chronicle.
Happy reading. I have my “work” cut out for me!