WHAT'S NEW? PLENTY!
Want H.S. Graduates to think your cool?
Give Them Survival Secrets of College Students
Even if those heady high school seniors don’t know it yet, they need Survival Secrets of College Students now. This primer shows in-coming freshmen what college will be like next fall. The book’s chockfull of advice, stories, warnings and insights college students shared with co-author Julia Johnston and me. This is a don't-tell-the-parents everything book, truly to become an I’m-glad-I-found-this-stuff-out-ahead-of-time book.
This second edition of Survival Secrets is up-to-date on everything, including technology. So do the graduate in your life a favor and wrap a book up for that lucky kid.
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Replanting George Ella Lyon's
Where I'm From in Iowa Soil
Before you read any further, visit www.georgeellalyon.com/where.html. Lyon’s unique approach to reflecting on what makes her is so worthy of adaptation that I ask students to share where they’re from in Lyon’s format. The rich results are worthy of your reading time. This piece is from Carol Tershak of Urbandale, IA.
I am from the city, north side,
Four-family flat, 2nd floor,
St. Louis, Missouri.
I’m from Daddy’s hand-crafted sandbox, metal and wood,
With screw-down/pulley-up, striped, canvas awning.
From blistering sun, rain, crawling critters,
For a toddler in flour sack overalls.
I’m from Mama’s fried apples, pork chops,
Mashed potatoes, creamed corn,
From left-over brown gravy ladled on bread.
I’m from family excursions,
A dull-gray Plymouth sedan
Angled on the shoulder of a county road,
Observing airplanes take off, land.
I’m from memorized answers
To Baltimore Catechism questions,
“Why does God have so many rules?
Why can’t everyone just do what they want?
Make death-bed confessions?”
From Dad who replies,
“Saying ‘I’m sorry’ might not be
The last words you choose.”
I’m from sullied skies,
Soot, ash, smoke—
Remnants from factories, restaurants,
I’m from blues, jazz,
Noise of buses, streetcars, horns,
Yells of ragmen traversing alleys,
Those men can’t be trusted.”
I’m from those moments
Planted in a maze
Between honeysuckle and stinkweeds.
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A Whole Host of Iowa Authors - Joyce Rupp
Joyce Rupp: retreat leader, conference speaker at the international level, author of 21 books—so far. Her newest is My Soul Feels Lean/Poems of Loss and Restoration. And in her spare (?) time, what does Joyce read? “Well,” she says, “I don't always have time to read but I always take time to read daily. Now it’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, a novel by Ayana Mathis; Food for the Heart, a collection of teachings by Ajahn Chah; The Bond, which is research related to quantum physics by Lynne McTaggart; The Wisdom of Islam by Robert Frager, and, of course, some poetry —currently it’s Antonio Machado.” Truly, Joyce is Worth Reading about.
And while you’re at Worth Reading check out the other Iowa Authors who’ve been featured here. Iowa is such a rich state.