Recently I asked my Advanced Writing students at the university where I teach to define the word “passion” collaboratively within their small groups. A variety of definitions were given, all interesting and noteworthy. Then, individually, I asked them to describe their passion. The answers ranged from “cooking” to “sharing Jesus with others.” Next the students put me on the spot, asking, “What is your passion, Mrs. L”? I hemmed and hawed, mentioning reading and writing and books, and libraries, and other like things when it hit me that my passion was literacy in one form or another. Thus, the need to start this blog: to explore my passion.
On http://powerfulwomenreaders.wordpress.com I have written a few posts that are literacy related. The second post, written in March of 2016, discusses the attempts to improve literacy in the Alvin (Texas) area, specifically the planting of Little Free Libraries. The blog will eventually…
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This past week was a busy one with doctor’s appointments, a couple of tests (hoops to jump through for insurance coverage of a back procedure I badly need), and readying my Advanced Writing class for Spring Break and the Argument/Research papers that are due on the 21st of March. Therefore, I had a minimum amount of time to read until Friday. Since then, I have made up for time.
What I finished this past week:
“If you do not like the past, change it”: The Reel Civil Rights Revolution, Historical Memory, and The Making of Utopian Pasts a dissertation for the PhD degree by Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda, my grandson I started this when it was presented to me back in December and have just now finished it. I must admit that it changed my thinking that all dissertations had to be stuffy and rhetorically “stiff.” I am very…
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Just because I haven’t mentioned the Alphabet Challenge in a while, doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on it. So far, I have reviewed A and B; today I wish to add C, D, and E–all of which I finished around the same time, this past weekend.
Coming Home: The Soul’s Search for Intimacy with God by Joseph M. Stowell was published in 1998, and I came upon it in a bag of books donated by a friend to my LFL (Little Free Library) as she was clearing out her bookshelves. The book deals with the “heart’s restlessness” to “live in radical reliance on the God who wants us to enjoy the delight and security of his [constant] presence.” My own New Year’s resolution was to, “draw nearer to God” (and be nicer to My Better Half), and this book helps me attempt to do both. James 4:8 tells us…
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