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.