Literacy and Me

Last night, reading a post on Brainpickings, one of my favorite sources of challenging, thought-provoking reading, quoted Steinbeck on the on-going battle between good and evil, which left me musing and pondering the thoughts into this morning.

“John Steinbeck wrote as he contemplated good, evil, and the necessary contradiction of human nature at the peak of WWII, ‘All the goodness and the heroisms will rise up again, then be cut down again and rise up.’ ‘It isn’t that the evil wins–it never will–but that it doesn’t die.’

The author of Brainpickings goes on to say, “A decade before he (Steinbeck) won the Nobel Prize in Literature, Steinbeck turned this abiding tug of war between good and evil into a literary inquiry in East of Eden the 1952 novel that gave us his beautiful wisdom and creativity and the meaning of life, eventually adapted into the 1955 film of the same…

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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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