A CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO MYSELF

I heard about this book the way I hear about so many–on the Today Show on NBC

Cleo Wade’s 2020 poster/poem/little book, despite its title, speaks to one’s mind as much as to one’s heart. It is full of quotes, poems, memes and posters, all of which seem to speak directly to each reader. It deals with self-image, self-care, self-love and many philosophical issues one deals with daily. As the subtitle indicates, it is “wisdom for a better life.” The neatest part is that the advice is all doable.I kept mu Quotes Notebook close at hand because I was constantly reading something I wanted to remember–forever. It was a slow read, even though there were only a few words on many of the pages because I would gently close the book, close my eyes, and “think about” what Wade had written. I felt a definite “attitude adjustment” and growth as a result of reading this little book.

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."

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