oh hey look, A blog

So I’m totally brushing the dust off this blog — I spent every day of my maternity leave from Jan. 1 on, writing over at my other blog. And there I talked about mama life, and Valley life, and all sorts of things that had to do with that life.  My writing over there has waned a bit, so I thought I might start focusing on my teaching life over here.

There’s a mememe going around Facebook tonight, and I thought I might just play along…  I’m doing it here — not in my notes on Facebook because, well my post count is decidedly low these days.

So apparently, If you want to play along, you shouldn’t take too long to think about it. Come up with fifteen authors who’ve influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

ready – go –

  1. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. Kurt Vonnegut
  3. Sylvia Plath
  4. Madeline L’engle
  5. Barbara Kingsolver
  6. Bill Shakespeare
  7. Harper Lee
  8. Ken Kesey
  9. John Irving
  10. Roddy Doyle
  11. Alice Walker
  12. Henry David Thoreau
  13. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  14. Mark Twain (even if Irving said he didn’t like him).
  15. Frank O’Hara

That’s a pretty sweet list- that takes me from elementary school to teaching life, and all those authors showed up at different stages of my learning and teaching. To be honest, I rambled off the first thirteen in three minutes and the last two took another couple on their own.

And, as promised, Haiku – my very favorite form of poetry

Ode to a pinched nerve in my neck-

I think the world needs
to lay off me, when I have
stuff that must be done.

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