FRIDAY FIRST LINES

Instead of writing the first line from a book I’m about to start, I’m giving the first line of a book I finished Thursday evening. Mitch Landrieu’s In the Shadow of the Statues is an eye-opening read that gives the “inside skinny” on New Orleans, including what really happened during Hurricane Katrina and the controversy involved when the Mayor (Landrieu) gave the order to “take the [Confederate] statues down”! Here are the first lines of his book:

“Here I was, mayor of a major American city in the midst of a building boom like no other, filled with million dollar construction jobs, and I couldn’t find anyone in town who would rent me a crane. Are you kidding me?!”

Landrieu faced some strange circumstances as he tried to make New Orleans the city it should be post-Katrina instead of the city it used to be. His story of why he made those decisions is the story of a man with ethics, integrity, and perseverance.

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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 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.

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