Wrapping Up A-Z
I chose to blog on “Tales Out of School” because, eight years into retirement, I was feeling nostalgic about my teaching years.
I loved the opportunity to reminisce about teaching and my students. I can’t imagine what life would have been like if my wonderful kindergarten teacher had been less so. No other work gave me the satisfaction of teaching, and no other work was as challenging, truly (to borrow from Peace Corp) “the toughest job you’ll ever love.”
Storytelling became part of my life in connection with my teaching, and it made teaching much more fun and successful. I was disappointed that I haven’t done more storytelling, but then realized it had already helped me with the career that was my dream from the age of four. (I started kindergarten before my fifth birthday. I don’t think they allow that now). I had most trouble with V so did it last and a little late, but it did nag at me until I completed it.
I enjoyed this April A-Z Alphabetical Challenge even more because of my participation as a “minion,” visiting and commenting and passing along messages. I just barely scratched the surface of all the interesting blogs out there. It’s reassuring, as it is with books, to know that we will never run out of good reading. I also got some ideas for future blogging, on storytelling travels and maybe some family stories.
The end of the challenge coincided with the beginning of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival (and one stressful afternoon when I had to go buy and install a new router for my modem — thanks, Valnet tech. support for walking me through it). I’ll put in a bit of musing on the Saturday concert . . . just for fun.
Stories Saturday night were wonderful . . . and I made it home safely despite staying a bit past dusk.
It was so good to hear Lynette Ford and Heather Forest . . . and just my imagination, or was there a love and marriage theme going through that concert?
Dinner at Spiro’s was wonderful, too . . . great conversation, excellent food!
This interview with Jane Yolen was on NPR as I was driving to Spiro’s http://www.npr.org/2015/05/02/401015636/author-hopes-holocaust-themed-picture-book-will-prompt-conversations
Dinner conversation included everything from engineering to students to stories (of course) to books:
Hinton’s _The Outsiders_ “Stay gold”
J.B. is a 1958 play written in free verse by American playwright and poet Archibald MacLeish (Wiki info)
(I’ve requested it from our library 😉
Now remembering another . . . with a Garden of Eden theme
R.U.R. is a 1920 science fiction play in the Czech language by Karel Čapek. R.U.R. stands for Rosumovi Univerzální Roboti(Rossum’s Universal Robots). However, the English phrase Rossum’s Universal Robots had been used as the subtitle in the Czech original. It premiered on 25 January 1921 and introduced the word “robot” to the English language and to science fiction as a whole.
Next Monday, 5/11, Story Swap McClay Library – 6:30 p.m. Second Monday every month at 2760 McClay Road, St. Charles 63303
Join area storytellers Mary Garrett and Michael Bennett and others to hear and tell stories for all ages. Folk tales, personal stories, tall tales, myths — all welcome!
As for today, “May the 4th be with you.” AKA “Metaphors Be With You” A super day have! ❤