DEWEY’S 24 HR. READATHON: 4:30 P.M. Check In

I took a break for lunch and a quick trip to the post office. When I arrived downtown, I realized it was Frontier Day, sponsored by the Rotary, and National Oak Park was full of vendors. I had to park about a quarter of a mile away, then walked through the many rows of booths. (Ok, so I made a couple of purchases!) It was over 85 degrees. Thank goodness I had my walking stick and the Living Stones Church was handing out free bottles of water. (I spent all the cash I had in my wallet except for $1.50 in quarters.) When I arrived home around three-ish, I was exhausted and very warm.

What better way than to sit down under a fan and rest than reading a book? I finished the first book, of this year’s Read-a-thon:

Useful but not a lot “new”

I have marked several places to copy for “future use,” and I will place it in my Little Free Library this evening when people are out walking after supper.

In answering messages, my friend (former student) in Boston sent an image created by her artistic daughter to help me celebrate the Read-a-thon. Unfortunately it is not re-printable for “security reasons” (whatever that means). Their intentions were good, so thanks Jian and Juliana for the good thoughts.

WhenI checked my Literary Calendar this morning, I discovered that today is National Independent Bookstore day.

We have no indecent bookstore here in Alvin, no bookstore at all. It is my dream and a goal I hope to accomplish before my 80th birthday to own and open one.

Brazos Bookstore in Houston is my favorite independent bookstore. They have amazing Zoom events by well-known authors that are feee to anyone who cares to watch. I have been to the bookstore once (It was on my bucket-list after years of reading about it in the Houston Chronicle.) and did my part to support independent bookstores financially. LOL

I read for a while on this novel,

and am enjoying it immensely. I hope to finish it before I quit reading for the day.

My Better Half has taken a break from reading to accomplish something on his Honey-Do List, plant a large plant that spreads in a spot where we had to remove a pittosporum the Big Freeze took out. I plan to give him a really nice supper as a reward.



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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