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02 November 2014 @ 04:59 pm
Confluences and Influences  
We had dinner with Career Girl (former resident of the back bedroom) this week to celebrate my birthday (2 weeks ago), her birthday (yesterday), and the birthday of BH (2 weeks from now). She was all excited about the costume she had designed and made for the Renaissance Festival Masquerade Ball. She was going as a steampunk pirate. She began to explain what steampunk was to us. My BH, a longtime sic-fi fanatic interrupted before I could to explain that he knew what steampunk, and so she turned to me. I also let her know that I knew what steampunk was. I think she was a tad disappointed because she thought it was something new, something her generation had discovered. BH and I felt hip for the first time in a long time.

Yesterday, we went to the Renaissance Festival ourselves. It seems to have become a steampunk pirate, Dr. Who fest now. Yes, there were folks in Renaissance garb, but they seemed to be outnumbered by buccaneers and various versions of Dr. Who and his assistants, nemeses, etc. Last night, to round out the weekend, we watched Dr. Who for the first time in a long time. Somehow it all seemed fitting.

But, back to the point of the post: there are so many things I know because I read. I know more about history than I ever did as a student because I read historical fiction and nonfiction. Ditto science. If it were not for books for children and teens, I suspect there would be many more holes in my knowledge.

Professional books also provide me so much knowledge. I am blown away by the blogs of my friends and colleagues. Their articles and books inform my teaching each and every day. I am especially grateful to my Nerdy friends and our group who talk each day using our fancy phones (#fancyphones) and apps. We walk about our reading and about our reading slumps and reading binges. We share books figuratively and literally. We tell our STORIES. There is something about 5-6 friends all chiming in after I have finally read RAIN REIGN and they tell me their favorite memories of reading that book.

It is wonderful to be a member of this community of readers.
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