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The written word has always been a joy for me.  I can not remember a time in my life when I did not have books. Before I was able to read them, my mother read books to me. As soon as I could read independently I was never without a book in my hands or very nearby.  As years passed, writing developed into a passion for me as well. I tried novel writing while home with my two children during their early years and was challenged to focus on the craft.  I never gave up the love even when I had to give up the pursuit.  Now, with grown children and the fact I am sitting on the other side of fifty I can pursue my dream of writing.  I have continued the reading quest but now the writing is attainable as well.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Where I'm From

I love the beginning of the school year. Not just because of the shiny new pencils and backpacks, but because after a long summer rest it is wonderful to return to the classroom and school building to interact with my peers and students.

I split my time between English language arts classes and math classes.  Due to this, I am privileged to experience some of the most gifted teachers ply their expertise.  One such instructor teaches high school senior English.  I adore being in his classroom because not only do I get the joy of seeing his students inspired and engaged, but the enthusiasm is infectious.  

One of his first lessons this school year originated from Kentucky’s 2015-16 Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon.  Lyon created the “Where I’m From” poem. http://www.georgeellalyon.com/where.html  The link will take you to her website and her poem.
The assignment for the seniors was to create their own “Where I’m From” poems.  I couldn’t resist doing the same.  

Where I’m From

I am from the “Little Apple”,
A place of purple pride,
Agricultural learning, and people from
Many cultures who have come to learn but
Decide to stay.

I am from a family of faith,
German Lutherans whose
Knowledge of “this is most certainly true”
Stems from many hours of learning
And teaching Luther’s Small Catechism.

I am from Sunday dinners.
First as a small child sitting in the
Kitchen at my grandparent’s farm table,
Drinking milked down sweet coffee in grandma’s
Depression glass coffee cups. Then later,
At my parent’s house once my siblings and I were grown.

I am from soft fluffy parts in my heart.  
A bed filled with plush animals as a small child,
Melding into a myriad of cats and kittens living outside in the
Country at my childhood home, evolving into two pets residing in my
Home as an adult.

I am from angel food cake with seven minute frosting,
Choosing a favorite meal for my birthday, always mom’s fried chicken,
Homemade vanilla ice cream
so rich and creamy that a sweet film coated my lips
As I savored every last drop on the spoon.

I am from my dad’s strong hands,
Covered in scrapes and cuts
From the car’s sharp metal that he
Straightened and pounded back to perfection.

I am from homemade dresses for Christmas and Easter,
Every pattern, every design matched perfectly,
Lovingly constructed by my mother
Who stayed up all night to complete the garment  
In time to wear for church.

I am from a loving home that began
With my parents and through marriage
And children evolved into my own, and because
Of this...I am from blessed joy.

I encourage you to write your own “Where I’m From” poems.  Search your heart and memories and remember where you are from.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Ghosts from our Past Both Literally & Figuratively

When I ordered the book featured in the latest Ghostbusters movie, I really didn't know what to expect.  I am a Ghostbusters fan so I hoped it would be fun; I was not disappointed.  Andrew Shaffer did an admirable job creating a book that is fun to read, and keeps the true flavor of the storyline in the movie.

I thought the humor in the writing was well done.  The fact that the book is the same one used in the movie made the content even more enjoyable to read.  The book is "written" by Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates with  Andrew Shaffer.  The comments throughout the book carry the voice of the movie characters and make reading the book a journey back into the world of the movie.

Ghosts from our Past Both Literally & Figuratively upholds the claim on its cover,  the material in the book is literal and figurative.  The literal inserts include ghost accounts from various locations.  The figurative edge deals with the professional information on ghostbusting resources, classifications of Class I through Class IV ghosts, and reports about Gilbert and Yates's childhood experiences that sparked their interest in being Ghostbusters and studying paranormal events.

This book needs a specific audience.  A prior knowledge of the Ghostbuster series is a definite plus to enjoying the book.  I plan to take it to my high school classroom.  I feel many of my reluctant readers may be interested in it simply because they attended the movie.  I would recommend Ghosts from our Past Both Literally & Figuratively, to any Ghostbusters fans looking for an informative and humorous read.

FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review