"And, once again, returning with head bowed from social media anxiety! I updated my profile, and I'm now-as a newly retired teacher-helping my friends in the trenches. The state of education in Louisiana is part of the reason for my early…"
"I don't think I have introduced myself yet. I can relate to grading essays and papers. I have taught secondary and college level English. I always believed in writing with my students. I am working on a novel and I just started two blogs that I…"
When I created Teacher Writers, I had no idea how we would grow, and baby, look at us now!
I officially retired in January of 2013 after 25 years of teaching 11th grade English in St.Tammany Parish (Louisiana). I love having a day not determined by bell schedules, but I do miss the energy of my students and the conversations with my teacher-friends. I can't not think of myself as a teacher, so here I will stay!
My husband and I recently moved to a 150-year-old house in New Orleans. Four of my five children live in Houston, and the other kiddo is in Brandon (MS). I have two precious grandgirls and three neurotic cats.
When I'm not weeding my garden for therapy, I'm writing women's fiction.
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Hi Christa. I visited your lovely blog and tried leaving a comment but (twice) when hitting send, the page went blank. Don't know if you got it so I am including it below:
I have not gotten around to journal writing. But have taken steps towards leaving a legacy for my kids: I do stupid unintentional things. And trust me, I have some doozies! I too am a teacher and have even had my kids in my class (having lived in a small Connecticut town). So they know me on many levels.
I told my kids that at my funeral my eulogy is to share my doozies with 'the world', to smile and laugh just a bit, because they know I love them and they know I have always been there for them.
Not a bad legacy, I figure, and one to make them smile- they have such lovely smiles!
Great post. I came because you and I seem to comprise the handful of teachers who post comments on the Teacher Writer pages of She Writes and I love your comments. Thought I'd check out your blog and glad I did.
HI JUDITH! I'm so blessed to have friends-both cyber and not!-to share in this excitement with me. It's still surreal, even seeing it on the shelf myself. Perhaps when you get to know me better, the wacky will seem "spot on" as my editor says!
Hello Christa - Cd I add my congratulations ... what a great start to your life as a writer. I read that your writing is 'bright' .. amongst other things. How good is that! I consider that to imply a range of compliments - all of the highest.
I am intrigued, looking through pre-release stuff ... intrigued at how you have combined in your novel the strong story line, (very much set in the extremes and the whacky of it all, it seems), and your references to faith and prayer ... without 'killing' either!
Hope you are having a much deserved, greatest of times with the launch of your debit book.
Crista, I put your cover (grabbed from Amazon) back up on the thread in a 300 width size, which looks pretty nice. If you prefer to put it up yourself just do so and ping me and I'll delete my post with it.
Not Alaska or even Nebraska. Say, Illinois maybe? :-) But you took it down altogether! You can put it back up - just reply to your own post and I think it will slip in there. And for downsizing it you can just add width="150" (or maybe "200"?) to the code