Friday, October 31, 2014

A Joyce Johnson Sighting

This afternoon, at about 4 PM... I entered the #1 subway train station at 18th Street in NYC. I recognized one of the women sitting on a bench with another woman and they were also waiting for the uptown train. I asked: "Joyce?" She looked up and replied: "Yes?" It was Joyce Johnson!

I told her that I heard her speak at Columbia University a few years ago about Jack Kerouac and then I walked further up the platform. I just did not want to intrude.

About a minute later, she and her friend got up from the bench and walked in my direction. I spoke with her for about a minute about Barnard, because my cousin was the president of the Barnard alumni association and then she walked off with her friend. Then, the train came.

I was disappointed I did not have my camera with me... it was a bittersweet moment. Indeed. 

This is a photo I took of Joyce Johnson in February 2011, at Columbia University, when she read from "Visions of Cody."

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Themed Reading Comprehension Kits

The popular and much loved reading comprehension kits are visible in this photo. They were developed around various themes: music, myths, fairy tales, folk tales, sports, and entertainers.

I am trying to find the one called "science fiction." The stories were imaginative, creative, and magical... and inspired my students to improve their reading skills. I am unable to locate any information about the publisher... and I reached a total dead end.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

New Orleans


coming soon!