1972: The Year in Books Slice of Life #sol21 29/31

I got the idea for this post from arjeha’s slice about prices in the year he was born. His post got me wondering about books in my birth year. What was published? What were the most popular books? 1972 was a very good year for books. I can’t speak for the year’s bestseller, Jonathan Livingston…

My Ten: Slice of Life #sol21 28/31

“My Ten” is a New York Times column where creative types are asked to share “their top 10 cultural must-haves.” The Learning Network turned it into a lesson of the day, and Ms. Chen turned it into a Slice. Thanks, Ms. Chen, for the inspiration! Caternet. Ok, I made that word up, and I don’t…

Right Now: Slice of Life #sol21 27/31

I borrowed this format from Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life and Trina at Trinarrative. Thanks for the inspiration! What I’m reading: For bedtime comfort reading, I’m rereading all of Barbara Pym’s novels in mostly chronological order. I’m three-quarters through Excellent Women right now, and it’s superb (and quite a bit better than…

What Is Your Ideal?: Slice of Life #sol21 24/31

Today I’m borrowing an idea from A Time to Write. Thank you for the inspiration! My ideal dog is a pit bull. The concrete block head. The silly forehead wrinkles. The smushy cheeks. The soulful eyes. Even though we aren’t looking for a dog, I still like to admire the dogs at pit bull rescue…

Pandemic Hobbies: Slice of Life #sol21 23/31

I tried them too. I signed up for poetry writing and embroidery and zine-making classes over Zoom, and I wrote some poetry and embroidered a word and made 100 zines for a #100dayproject. But then I was on to the next thing–or rather, back to my usual things. Reading, writing in my notebook, walking, cat…

Inherited Bookshelf: Slice of Life #sol21 22/31

Maybe one reason my new classroom felt instantly like mine was because it has a bookshelf filled with books, left by the last twelfth-grade teacher. Technically, it has two bookshelves, but one was filled with classroom sets of The New Jim Crow and the Norton Anthology of African-American Literature. Although I am glad to have…