Always a danger…

To read a story, share a song, work through a novel that you love with kids. They’re not going to love it the same way.

I re-read the story we’re taking on today on the trolley this morning. This line left me with tears in my eyes:

No more maybe, in other words. Because that is just what happens. One day it is maybe, and then you just know.

Reminded me of a song I heard for the first time in junior high:

Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true, or is it something worse?

Live version here, 1980, 00:04:26-00:04:34.

Note to self: Get it together, man.

Yesterday at Bindlestiff

As the school year began, I’d not picked up a novel, so I wanted to get Daniel Gambiner’s book The Boatbuilder, which I’d seen in Bindlestiff’s window. Last copy. Good thing…Amazon won’t have copies until October.

Started yesterday, finished today. Review soon.

Also found a copy of this book, which I’m hoping will help me in the current American history unit I’m teaching.

And for $16.00, I found a huge gardening book — The Flowers and Herbs of Early America — a bargain.

Daniel, Marcus. Scandal and Civility: Journalism and the Birth of American Democracy. 1 edition. Oxford?; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Griffith, Lawrence, and Barbara Temple Lombardi. Flowers and Herbs of Early America. 1 edition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.

Gumbiner, Daniel. The Boatbuilder. McSweeney’s, 2018.

Good teaching line…Jason Isbell

Isn’t this what we ought to be after as teachers?

I hope you find something to love
Something to do when you feel like giving up
A song to sing or a tale to tell
Something to love, it’ll serve you well

Live version here.

Reminded me of another old favorite — Guy Clark, Stuff that Works:

Stuff that works, stuff that holds up
The kind of stuff you don’ hang on the wall
Stuff that’ real, stuff you feel
The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall