Literacy and Me

Recently I finished and reviewed Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club. In another of Schwalbe’s books, Books for Living, in the introduction, the author makes a statement that expresses my own philosophy/passion for reading perfectly. Schwalbe states:

“As for me, I’m on a search –and have been, I now realize, all my life–to find books to help me make sense of the world, to help me become a better person, to help me get my needs and the  big questions that I have and answer some of the small ones while I’m at it.”

My passion in life, in addition to walking a Christian path, is to promote literacy, providing any encouragement to read and write, at all levels. So far, I have taught reading and writing in some form for children through graduate students for the past fifty years. I am a voracious, eclectic reader…

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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 have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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