Off-Topic Tuesday, Teaching, Writing

Just a Teacher Taking Requests

Photo by Amanda Hoving 2019 My students smile hugely when they see me waiting for them in the tiny gym, because this is it, the answer to their repeated question of, “Is it TODAY?!” Their teamwork, good behavior and grit has paid off, their group jar has been filled to the brim with coveted colorful… Continue reading Just a Teacher Taking Requests

Books, For Readers

Friday’s Literary SMACKDOWN — Who’s the Stronger Character?

Yes, my readers, it's Literary Smackdown time. In this corner, we have Laura Ingalls Wilder of the Little House series -- a sassy pioneer with spunk and spirit who can sew on a button before you've (done) finished this sentence. In the other corner, we have Anne Shirley Blythe of Anne of Green Gables --… Continue reading Friday’s Literary SMACKDOWN — Who’s the Stronger Character?

Books, For Readers

On Being an “End Reader,” and Other Confessions

I have a confession...I'm an "end reader."  Yes, I'm one of those people who reads the first few chapters of a book, skips to the last chapter, and then U-turns back to where I left off.  It's funny how this quirk of mine makes some people so angry, "How can you do that?!" they cry, in tones… Continue reading On Being an “End Reader,” and Other Confessions