I can’t believe Sunday is here again already. Its rapid arrival gives a whole new insight into the old saw, “My, how time flies”! The highlights of this past week were teaching my own class Wednesday where we began our blogging, teaching my grandson’s classes on Thursday, and Easter Sunday. Overall it was a good week and one in which I actually did some reading.

Finished this past week:

Holes, a YA novel by Louis Sacher, which I’m sure starts many conversations among kids who have read it

I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Wasn’t) by Brene Brown, a researcher and social work lecturer at UH Main Campus, part of the UH system for which I teach. The research and the book deal with shame, the definition, the concepts and all its many ins and outs.  She specifically introduces her terms “Shame Web” and “Shame Resilience,” helpful tools for exploring women and shame and how to deal with it. She examines the quest for perfection women take upon themselves and well as the social expectations our culture and society lay upon women, especially. The cover subtitle is, “Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough,” a journey she assists readers with quite well. Seven years of research and hundreds of interviews went into the book, and it shows.

I Thought It Was Just Me has been described as having the potential “to turn lives around (Harriet Lerner, PhD author of The Dance of Anger). The insights and even the strategies offered are not only helpful but workable for most women. She gives women specific things to say to prevent saying, “I wish I had said something” after an incident where they, or another person was shamed by a group of women,  The feeling the reader has at the end of the book is, “We are all in this together, and Brown offers a group solution.

Continuing to read:

Dying for Space by blogging friend and author S.J. Higbee, an excellent, action-packed, fast-paced sequel to her outstanding Running Out of Space. I am not necessarily a fan of Space Opera novels, but this one contains all the elements of any good novel and also has “keeps-you-reading-writing.”

I did not have time to start either of the “I-Can”t-Wait-To-Begin selections” I purchased at Half-Priced Books last week. I still have those to look forward to. Also, the Brene Brown book completed the “I” requirement of my Alphabet Challenge (aka known as “The Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge” from Lori Coswell at the blog, “Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.”

I have a wonderful book for “J,” and since it is a book of poems, I have high hopes of finishing it by next Sunday evening’s post. I plan to KEEP READING and trust you’ll do the same.   


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 28th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

12 thoughts on “SUNDAY (EVENING) POST”

  1. I read Holes with my kids when they were the right age, but I can’t say I remember lots about it (this is true of most books I read. No blame to the books–my brain can only hold so much). I Thought it was Me sounds like something I should take a look at. It is probably telling that in the subtitle I read “I am enough” as “Am I enough”.

    And I wandered over here because you comment on Jemima’s blog made me need to see what your approach to A to Z is!
    Rebecca who is NOT doing A to Z

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    1. I’m trying to read a title starting with each letter, no time limit. My primary goal is to whittle down my TBR shelves. I will probably have the same goal for Dewey’s later in the month.


      1. Ah. I’m doing two of those challenges–one for kids’ books, and one for mysteries. I never finish either, but it can nudge me to read something I might not otherwise.

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  2. Thank you so much for your kind words regarding Dying for Space – that’s cheered me up no end:)). I’m delighted that you are enjoying it so much.

    It sounds like I Thought It Was Just Me is a really worthwhile read, Rae – and good to see you have nailed another one in your Alphabet Challenge. I hope you have a really great week. Are you still on a break, or back teaching?

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    1. Went back last Wednesday, but since My Better Half had today (Easter Monday) off for some reason, our usual three day weekend became a four day one. I only teach one day a week, but it’s an all day affair, and, of course all the grading, checking blogs, emailing make up work, lesson planning and “helping out” go on EVERY day. My semesters are short, only 15 weeks long, and I take summers off, usually. In other words, I have a “bird’s nest on the ground.”

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      1. Oh yes – I know how the admin just keeps on coming even when you teach part-time! I don’t return to college until 24th April, other than the Snow Day make-up session on the 17th. And I start back with Tim then, anyway…

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