Sunday (Evening) Post

When I first started Sunday (Evening) Post, I wrote, “I follow a blogger (Brainfluff) who has a post feature that is simply delightful and engaging, so I am posting my Sunday (Evening) Post here:” Basically, following Sarah’s lead, I posted WHAT I am reading/ WHAT I have finished/ and WHAT I’ve seen (TV, films, etc.) along with an update on the past week’s activities.

This past week, I have FINISHED: You Can Do Anything: The Surprise Power of the ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree by George Anders (2017). This book was a life-changer for me.  Not only did it persuade me I still had relevant skills in my current employment search (having majored in Literature in grad school), but now I am converting my copious notes into a brief to be read by my students in the fall.  YES, you read that correctly! I called to see if I could get my old job, teaching Advanced Writing back, and received an email back that began with 5 yesses”!  Not only that, but I can write my own curriculum, as we are looking for a section where Art majors will be successful and motivated to attend. (I am sure there will be more, much more on this later.)

I am CONTINUING to read Art for Dummies Hahaha–see where that came from? The only art class I took as an undergrad was Art Appreciation, part 2, which covered from the Byzantine period through the Italian Renaissance.  It was a wonderful course; and perhaps if I tell the art students (the other students will be from a variety of majors as was always the case) they need to be able to write appeals to their patrons for financial support and to owners of galleries asking for a show, the students will find the assignments relevant and helpful. I am extremely excited and very motivated myself!

Also, I CONTINUE the Alphabet Challenge, halfway through “Z”, chosen for the future exploration of “Books about Books,” The Shadow of the Wind by Zafon (remember I cheated a bit and went by author instead of title.). I am three-fourths of the way through  Unbecoming, a novel by Rebecca Scherm, then since my book club selection covered “V,” I will have only “W,” “X,” and “Y” to read by year’s end.

I decided it was time to get back to good sci-fi, so I am almost one third into The Sparrow, a fantastic book I put on my Kindle ages ago, making quite a list under “CONTINUING.” I am right in the middle of several books.

I am LOOKING FORWARD to reading What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon, the R.A.T. Pack (Senior Citizen’s) book club selection for July and a return to my pledge to read more non-fiction with Helen Thorpe’s Just Like Us, a journalist’s account of “four Mexican girls coming of age in America.” I enjoyed Thorpe’s Newcomers at the beginning of the year, and am glad to be returning to an author I respect and admire very much.

This is too long a post already, so I will save what I have “viewed” for another time. Right now I have to find my reading glasses and get busy!

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 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."

One thought on “Sunday (Evening) Post”

  1. Thank you so much for the shoutout, Rae – I really appreciate it. I didn’t manage to get a Sunday Post organised this week. What with trying to tidy up the garden yesterday, which was covered in shreds of roofing felt that disintegrated as the men were stripping it off the roof – the largest piece as no more than 12 inches long and 4 inches wide… and the inevitable odd dropped nail – and painting a door and window to our garden shed, it was fairly hectic.


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