I began teaching at Canby High School in Canby, Oregon, in 1978, and for the largest part of my career I taught nearly every subject in the Language Arts Department, from basic freshmen English to Advanced Placement English. I retired from teaching full time in 2006, but I still occasionally substitute at CHS, and I enjoy it immensely–so darn much less essay grading, test making, attendance taking, parent conferencing and hair pulling! Today, I’m giving a reading from my novel at CHS, and the audience, I believe, will be comprised mainly of teachers, many of whom are my friends, and all of whom I deeply respect and consider as colleagues. During my years of teaching, I often dreamed of becoming a writer of novels, but I never once dreamed I’d be reading one of them at CHS. I think it’s safe to say that, for me, the happy reality of today’s reading transcends the scope of my old dreams. Maybe it’s time for new dreams.
Quote of the Day: “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” Elbert Hubbard