Jane Austen Read All A-Long Update

For a reading challenge that I would describe as remarkably low-key we’ve got  a few people signed up already. Welcome aboard to: Amy at New Century Reading. (Thanks for the plug.) My friend and former teaching pal Joyce Dale at Mirrors with Clouds There are several more folks who’ll be joining in for a book…

Two Mail Art Boxes I Made

One thing I do besides read books is create mail art. Mail art is just what it sounds like, art created to be sent through the mail. I’ve been making mail art for quite a while now, possibly over ten years now, I don’t keep track. I made these two pieces inside a couple of…

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu Translated by D.C. Lau

For many years now, I have taught Daoism as part of my 7th grade history unit on China.  I wish I could call back my previous classes and correct all the mistakes and misrepresentations I have made over the years.  Fortunately, what 7th graders take away from a lesson on Daoism isn’t all that deep,…

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Sometimes it’s very hard to pin down why you love a book. Denis Johnson’s very short novella, I found it on a list of brilliant books you can read in a day, tells the story of an abbreviated life.  Robert Grainier is a day laborer in the American West circa 1910.  He never amounts to…

This Should Be a Reading Challenge

18 More Amazing Books You Can Read in a Day.  18 more? Electric literature has two posts featuring Brilliant and Amazing books you can read in a day.  I have read a few titles on the lists and agree that they are either brilliant or amazing. Wouldn’t this make and excellent reading challenge.  Maybe for…