NO TIME TO SPARE by Ursula K. Le Guin: A Review

Literacy and Me

When Ursula Le Guin died last year, I was reading this 2017 collection of her essays. It is a compilation of er blog posts and other on-line writings, subtitled, “Thinking About What Matters.” Le Guin was well into her eighties, thus the title. Facing my 75th birthday this coming November, I went back to this book, re-reading her delightful essays on Pard, her mischievous cat, who was so strong willed and minded that he put even my Lena to shame.

I first met Le Guin as the author of Wizard of EarthSea, a sci-fi classic full of strangeness and philosophy, as is any good work of sci-fi. Knowing her ideas about life and death as expressed in her sci-fi stories and novels helped me understand her thoughts on the end days of her life. There were some serious essays on topics like the economy and politics, and the author discusses…

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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."

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