I am killing two birds with one post this Wednesday morning, the third day of April, and mangling a metaphor as I do. Since I was too tired to post my usual Tuesday Teaser, I will do so now and also begin fulfilling a poetry goal for National Poetry Month. Reading a whole collection of poems is my wish, and I will choose my Tuesday Teaser from blogging friend, Jen Payne’s Evidence of Flossing.

Her introduction leads with a quote, “When we try to pick out anything by itself,

we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.-John Muir, July 27, 1869”

“In a dream once, I saw the fabric of the

Universe. It was clearly laid out in fine strands of

translucent white dots, as if one were standing

inside a room full of beaded curtains


In the first few moments after waking, I

understood clearly that everything is connected;

how, if I touched one of the rows of white dots,

that touch would reverberate along the whole

system of dots; if I breathed or sang or wept,

that too would make waves along those strands.


My understanding of all of that was as fleeting

as my ability to still my mind, as translucent as

my understanding of god.  And yet, the image

of those dots has remained for me a diverse

illustration of how it is.


Everything is connected.


Some of our basic tenets as humans remind us

of that: ‘for every action in nature there is an

equal and opposite reaction,’ and ‘as you did

it to the least of these, my brothers, you did it to me.’ ”


On the next page, the introduction continues with the Golden Rule and what the book is about: “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind is a book about starstuff…a series of poems…[that] ask the reader to deeply consider the effects of our actions and how they influence everything else in the Universe.  ”


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


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