Saturday, August 23, 2008

Homework again

Now I have an assignment from our high school administrators. I am supposed to create and post on the door the following statement, followed by my own thoughts: I believe.... When I googled this statement, I found a great writing curriculum based on these two words for high schoolers, which I am going to share with our English department on Monday!
In thinking about this statement, I find it so very difficult to complete. Do I complete is as a hs librarian, a teacher, a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a Christian, or a friend? I want this statement to reflect me and to be something profound; something that I can live the rest of my life attempting to model for my children and hopefully, my grandchildren (someday!) , not to mention the students who will walk into those library doors and see what I have posted.
It is not something I can take on lightly or do quickly, yet "I believe ..." is supposed to be on my door by Monday!! No pressure, for sure! Guess I am going to have to ponder this some more. Wish me luck.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Books on my bookshelf

This summer I read Stephenie Meyer's The Host and Breaking Dawn. Even if you aren't a fan of hers, you should read her adult novel The Host. The book is about a human being who has a spirit surgically implanted in her body, a la alien invasion. The human host, Melanie, is supposed to disappear and the spirit named Wanderer is supposed to be in charge. Things go awry when Melanie tries to interject her feelings and thoughts to the point that Wanderer struggles to maintain control. Humans have to hide to keep from being implanted and spirits are taking over the earth. Melanie reconnects with her brother and boyfriend, still human, and live in caves somewhere in the Arizona desert where Wanderer/Melanie learn to coexist. Very creative book full of twists and turns- quite a departure from the bloodsucking vampires of Twilight fame.

Breaking Dawn is not to be missed if you are a Twilight fan. Jacob continues to be a part of Bella's life, even after she and Edward are married. Tension rises as the Volturi visit the Cullens in person, leaving Italy behind to wreak havoc in Forks, Washington. A very satisfying ending for some, and too "pat" for many fans. I loved it and look forward to many more books as Meyer left herself plenty of room for sequels of the many "loveable" characters.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Reflections from Ruth

As a self-imposed assignment, I decided to try blogging and do an assignment about the 7 1/2 habits of lifelong learning. I am supposed to blog about the easiest habit for me and the hardest. I love learning, but the hardest habit for me is to view my problems as challenges. Sometimes (my friends are laughing now) I let problems get the better of me but I am learning to "let go and let God". It is hard for me to trust Him but when I do, I know God has a much clearer vision for my life. On the other side of the coin, the easiest habit is to play. When I love doing something, I enjoy playing. If I hate it then the opposite holds true. I am selfish with my free time and I detest wasting time on things I don't enjoy. How many of you love to get lost in a book? I do, to the point that time has no meaning when I am reading a really good book. I love to scrapbook, too, with friends or home alone. I scrapbook the old-fashioned way, putting my photos on pages with fun embellishments. Scrapbooking my travel photos helps me to relive my travels to wonderful places and brings a smile to my face.