Hosted by Hoarding Books, First Line Fridays invites you to copy the first line of a book you are reading, or have read, to see if it would catch a reader’s interest. My firstliner today is from Connie Willis’s To Say Nothing of the Dog, which has been compared to John Irving’s The Water Method and A Confederacy of Dunces. 

“There were five of us–Carruthers and the new recruit and myself, and Mr.Spivens and the Verger. It was late afternoon on November fifteenth, and we were in what was left of Coventry Chapel, looking for the bishop’s bird stump.”

I’ve only read to page four, so, NO, I have no idea what a bird stump is. A bird bath, perhaps? I intend to read about these men digging through the rubble of a bombed out church and find out.

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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