This was my birthday week, and I have done something to celebrate every day. I ate out three times; My Better Half brought home take-out from the Olive Garden, which lasted two days; and the cards, gifts, flowers, and good wishes poured in. Thank all of you! Because I was treated as a lady of leisure, I had plenty of time to read.

It was pick up and put down, but these were finished.

A sometimes rather disturbing, but interesting book, this one, but one of my former students sent it to me (We had our own little “book exchange.”), and I was fascinated by life in the 60s and 70s in NYC as well as a look at an era (drugs and free love) I did not participate in.

Another audio book I finished and really enjoyed, thanks to the narrator, Tom Hanks, was The Dutch House.

My daily “devotional”/think time comes from this marvelous book.
Another inspiring book I am reading slowly, digesting a page or two a day
This is a book I’ve just begun, but am enjoying a great deal.
An audio book that is like listening to poetry and often brings tears to my eyes
Another former student came for lunch and brought a basket full of gifts, including this book, which I’ve heard of, but never read.
A children’s book I intend to order.

My birthday week brought me much goodness and many kindnesses. May the week ahead bring the same to you, dear reader.

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."

5 thoughts on “SUNDAY SUMMARY”

  1. I can’t remember if I wished you a Happy Birthday or not Rae. I hope I did, but if not, Happy Belated Birthday. It sounds like you had a wonderful week and you deserve it. I want to listen to Vesper Flights, it sound like a gorgeous one to “read” via audiobook.

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  2. Happy birthday, Rae! I insist on celebrating a birthday month myself, so don’t berate yourself for a mere week of extended joy. Glad you were able to enjoy all of your many celebrations.

    Cowgirl Smarts and Heart Talk both sound delightful. I want to hear more.

    I definitely vote for Buddhaland Brooklyn next.

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