Thursday, March 09, 2006

What I'm doing, I think

03/9/2006 10:50 AM

I have been keeping, off and on, or trying to keep, a journal for 40 years. Usually I start them at a new time of year, (Jan; my birthday; new school year…) and give up after 6 months or a year at most. I just don’t have the umph to keep going after it gets boring… The longest I have done one is the two years I lived in China, because there was always something to talk about then. Recently I haven’t had much luck keeping one, because too many other things intrude. Like kids and laundry, or stuff I want to read, or library work, or teaching and planning to teach…

Anywho I have been reading everyone else’s blogs non-stop and I finally decided I had to try one myself. No promises that I will keep it up, of course. It will be catch as catch can. I just want to talk about books and stuff.

I did actually start a blog last summer. I couldn’t keep it up because I had just brought home a new baby and I was a bit overwhelmed. It was at another blog place where my brother has a blog, and I just kinda hopped on the bandwagon. He doesn’t keep his up much anymore either, but I love reading everything he does write.

So I am a librarian in a small independent elementary school. I teach library and computer classes, and spend a lot of time learning new software, surfing, doing library stuff, and reading kids’ books. I also read parenting books, adoption books, grown ups novels, book club books, Oprah’s books, newspapers, discussion forums online, librarian websites, etc. I find I really want someone to talk about it all with, and I am hoping this blog will be a way to do that. If you are reading what I am reading, or if you think it is interesting, I hope you will comment and join the discussion.

What am I reading now? A lot of blogs, as I said. I have found a ring of birthmothers, or first mothers, or just plain mothers, which are blogging their lives and I am completely mesmerized. Try this one first: http://haggardoldpsycho.blogspot.com/

I am also reading Jonathan Kozel’s Ordinary Resurrections. It is written about his time with some kids in an afterschool club in the South Bronx in the late 90s. It is a bit more informal and personal than some of his other books, and I find it endearing and challenging at the same time. I really love his writing, and I want to read everything else by him, especially Rachel and Her Children. He has a wonderful writing style, so poetic and descriptive and honest and challenging.

At school I started Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick so I can do a book talk with one of the fourth graders who is in a book club of one. Haven’t read it yet so can’t say anything, but I will let you know.

6 comments:

kim.kim said...

Yay a link to me!!!

cloudscome said...

Kim I am so happy you have my first comment! Ha Ha Ha this is so fun!

Lady said...

You keep writing, I'll keep reading.

Good luck on your blog.

kim.kim said...

e-mail me at haggardoldpsycho@hotmail.com

Lilian said...

Hi, thanks for commenting on my blog too. I came to visit, and I always like to check the first entries, and read as much as I can. Luckily you only started this blog last month :)

Have you checked Kateri's blog (Wet Feet)? She's a local birthmother and her blog is great. You can read her posts about being a birthmom easily, because she uses typepad (thus she can tag each entry to a topic - I tried to use the blog cloud for that, since blogger doesn't have it, but it didn't work as I expected).

Anyway, I write too much - sorry, but it *is* great to find other local bloggers. And you're a children's librarian, how great is that?!! Children's literature is my passion - too bad I only have one chapter of the dissertation about it (long story).

Overwhelmed! said...

Jana sent me over and I'm going to try to read all your posts. Thankfully, I only have 3 months to catch up on. :)

I'm an adoptive mother as well, writing about our adoption journey and other things.