Monday, December 24, 2012
How I Write My Blog
Basically I tell stories of what I experience in life. I just told my oldest grandson how this all started when dad moved us all to Stoney Hollow Road near New Hope, known as No Hope in 1955. I started the first grade there and one of the first days I was there the big boys in our 8 grade one room school took chocolate milk and threw it on the wall. When the principal came over, they pointed to me and said he did it.
Liam asked if I was bullied. Oh, was I ever bullied and others have tried to do that do me all my life but I never let them get to me. I got my first grade card and I failed reading! I remember my mother being so angry she pulled me by the ear and took me to that school. She informed my teacher, Mrs. McKinley that I would learn to read and go to the top of my class!
My whole life has been that way, high expectations. My reading and writing improved every year but high school was a pivotal point. My teachers expected a lot from me and I delivered, best I could. My English and Science got me through Ohio State but my higher math nearly let me down.
My dad was a great story teller and I am sure his dad was, too. I learned 3 valuable lessons from my grandpa and hope to instill a few in my grandchildren Can anyone tell what those 3 things are? I am pretty sure I wrote them here a long time ago. I always liked good stories. That is why Laura Ingalls is listed in my blog bio as my favorite author. Little House on the Prairie summarized my life in a very interesting story.
So, you have to be able to write good English. I am not great but I try. Effort is a huge part of writing. I think you have to have a good imagination and I have a vivid one. You must be able to write decent grammar in good paragraphs. That was beat into my head over 12 years and has served me well. College just adds the information to specialize in a career. All of my education is invaluable to me. That is why teachers are so important. Who was the most important teacher in your life? I would have to answer Mrs. Alexander in 4th grade but every one of them had impact on me, good and bad.
I have been blessed with a wonderful life to talk about, full of wonderful people. Both are keys, learning to write in a wonderful life, full of joy, challenges and expectations. Grading all those papers really honed my skills. Over 31 years, I wonder how many papers I graded and how many articles I wrote? It all started with my Public School K-12 Education. It did me well.
These are the essentials and I know many people have them but just aren't interested in writing a blog. If we were all writers, who would read all of this? Having something to talk about every day is a whole 'nother arena. We will discuss that in a future blog.
LuAnn started this with a challenge almost 4 years ago to the day. I wonder when that will end?