My young blogging friend, Beloved Amy, nominated me for this award, and the questions she asked to be answered to earn it were very insightful, especially for a younger individual. (Of course, at my age, everyone is a younger individual!) Following are the questions she asked with my answers:

  1. What would be the theme song of your life? Reba Mackintire’s “I’m so happy!” and the next line says, “I’ve got the Lord in my life.” It’s such a peppy tune, and my life has been so abundantly blessed that it summarizes my life at this point.
  2. My favorite memories this year have been breakfasts and brunches outside my back door during this pandemic. I have learned to make mean fatitas, and my cheese grits are to die for.
  3. When did you learn there was no Santa Claus? When I was six, a neighborhood boy came into my yard on his bike. He was the big brother of a boy in my class. He listened to me tell his little brother that Santa was going to bring me a chalkboard and chalk, and he leaned over and said, “There is no Santa Clause; it’s your parents!” I ran into the house, almost crying and asked my mother about what he said. She smiled and said, “Santa is the Spirit of Christmas.” In that horrible moment, I knew what the boy had said was true.
  4. My favorite outfit is a filmy, A-shaped dress that is black and hand-embrodered with flowers in the front that my friend bought on her trip to China, and gave me as a souvenir when it wouldn’t fit her. I wear it with turquoise earrings and bracelet along with with black tights.
  5. What do you like being complimented for? my sense of humor
  6. What is the first thing people notice about you? My smile–I smile at everybody.
  7. What is your most hated movie? Probably “Where the Red Fern Grows.” I still cry at the ending.
  8. Have you ever been to a concert? Yes, many times, but then I’ve lived a long, long time. My all-time favorite was the Christmas Concert by the Houston Pops Symphony. My friend gave me a ticket for Christmas, and her son-in-law drove all of us into downtown Houston for a lovely evening.
  9. What’s your favorite riddle? What’s black and white and red all over? An embarrassed zebra. (We told this in elementary school in the 50s and 60s.)
  10. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to? From Rae Longest to Rachel Long. Hmmmm if I ever write a book, that’ll be my pseudonym.
  11. What is your secret talent? It’s no secret; my talent is making people laugh!

Now to challenges, I challenge anyone who would like to answer these lovely, lively questions to accept this award for themselves. Just answer the questions on your blog. What? NO BLOG? Answer all or just a few of the questions in the reply/comment box below.


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."

3 thoughts on “THE LIEBSTER AWARD”

  1. Lovely answers Ms. Rae!!😍
    I agree, you have a great sense of humour and your comments always make me smile or laugh!!😊
    Yummm… you seem like a wonderful cook!!🤤
    I loved the little story of how you learned that santa wasn’t real😅
    Sounds like a beautiful outfit!! I would to see you wearing it someday!! Along with the jewelry!😍
    I haven’t watched the movie, but I ALWAYS cry at the end of the book, Where the Red Ferns grow!
    Cool riddle!!🦓
    Rachel Long, yes! That would make a splendid pseudonym!😍
    Have a blessed sunday, Ms. Rae!!
    Love, Amy


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