A Return

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It won’t be too much longer before the school year starts again. It will be my 20th year. It’s hard to believe. It will be my fifth year at my current school. That time has flown by. I started four years ago as a technology integration specialist. Now I’m the English department chair. I love it. The people I work with are amazing. I have made some great friends. I love where I live. I feel good. I feel successful. I have an education blog where I tend to write about teaching. This blog originally started as a personal blog. A hodge podge of whatever I was interested in at the moment. Over time, it evolved in a books-only blog. I have been missing the hodge podge lately.

I am thinking a lot about a book I’m reading, The Bitch is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier, edited by Cathi Hanauer. I’m reading it as part of a book tour. So far, I am really getting a lot out of it. One thing that impresses me as I read the essays in the book is that these women have an outlet and audience for things they’re thinking about. There is no reason I have to write just about books here, but some reason, for a long time, that’s what I’ve been doing. I don’t know if I thought people wouldn’t be interested in other things I might write (though it has crossed my mind), or if I thought that people would be confused about what, exactly, this blog is (as though it has to be something or other). I don’t think I would want to use a different blog to write about these topics, so I think I will use this one. I did contemplate starting another blog, even something without my name attached. I don’t need that kind of compartmentalization or confusion, though. I’m getting older, and with it has come a certain amount of, for lack of a better term, bravery. I find I care a little less what people think, though as someone with anxiety, I can’t stop caring completely—I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t care. I have things I want to say. I have worries about getting older. I have health issues. I have a wonderful family. I love music. I live in a beautiful state. There is a lot going on in my head besides books and reading.

What I’m trying to say is that I want to use this blog more like I used to use it. More like a hodge podge. I’ll still review my books here. But I will write about other things, too.

Zombie Chicken Award for Most Agreeable Blogs

Zombie Chicken AwardThanks to Lizzy from My Pride and Prejudice for nominating me for a Zombie Chicken Award for Most Agreeable Blogs. I enjoy her blog very much, and while I hardly feel worthy of the distinction which she has bestowed upon me, I admit that I am very proud and pleased.

So, um, what exactly is the Zombie Chicken Award for Most Agreeable Blogs?

The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all.

One need hardly tell me twice not to risk the wrath of zombie chickens, so I choose the following five bloggers, all of whom I deem most worthy of braving a raving pack of zombie chickens in order to read.

  • Iliana, of Bookgirl’s Nightstand is most worthy, a true bookworm’s friend.
  • Vic of Jane Austen’s World, from whom I have learned much about Jane Austen’s time period and who is a right smart Twitterer, to boot.
  • Stefanie of So Many Books, whose adventures in reading, library science, and boarding buses have provided me with much insight and entertainment.
  • Roger Darlington of Nighthawk, my online friend and one-stop shop for learning about an eclectic variety of historical, scientific, theological, geographical, and political issues.
  • Murray Abramovitch of The Literarian, for his wonderful reviews and recommendations.