Also have been re-reading this blogger friend’s book in preparation for my Advanced Writing class this fall.

I don’t teach creative writing; I teach writing argumentatively towards an academic audience, but this little book reminds me what writing is all about and has a ton of ideas to teach real-world writing, which makes up the second half of my semester.

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."


    1. I definitely felt a commonality with the author, too. Although many of the books mentioned were from British authors, all the American ones she mentioned were some of my favorites. My first alphabet book and a lovely book called Nicholas Thomas are the earliest books I remember, which were provided by my English grandmother and were written by British authors. I remember those horrible Siamese twins who were always getting poor Nicholas Thomas in trouble asking at tea, “Bread and butter, purrlease.”

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    1. Stacking the Shelves is original with Carla of “Carla Loves to Read” a blogging friend, and the picture is “stolen” as well. A friend of hers makes great memes/pictures for her. You ought to check out her blog. Many ideas I have that are really good are just dragged from other friends’ blogs and pasted or dropped on mine from my desktop. A few are pics I’ve found on the internet, but one has to be careful about that. I usually give a thank you to Carla (or whomever) for using their “stuff”. Judging from your comment, I failed to do so this time. Thanks for “keeping me honest.” LOL

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