In Their Hearts, Dogs Can Read by Carlie Sorosiak

This is a wonderful dog story, and a great story about a lonely girl who liked to read.

Nerdy Book Club

The first time I read an entire book aloud, it was to a German shorthaired pointer named Sally. She had the softest ears, the wiggliest butt, and man, was she fast. I used to watch her from my swing-set, tearing mad circles around our neighbor’s yard.

Me and Sally

I was a quiet kid. And in Charlotte, North Carolina in the mid-1990s, if you didn’t like NASCAR, there wasn’t a ton to do. I remember spending half a summer fiddling around with my dad’s scientific calculator, pretending I was a bookstore clerk and tallying up imaginary purchases. I’d also meticulously cut out borrower’s cards for each of my books, then lent them out strategically to my mother. So, when Sally moved in next door, it was a revelation.

She brought me pinecones in the afternoon. And I brought her books.

I’d plop myself in the grass, right by the…

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Inspiration to Read written by Ryan Eckart

And here it is…proof that someone who is not a reader can come to love books at any time, and at any age. Way to go, Mrs. Vuckovich!(and Ryan).

Nerdy Book Club

I wasn’t always a reader.  In fact, I wasn’t a reader until I became an elementary principal and a special person entered my life.  Growing up, I hated reading. In 7th grade, I remember my parents meeting with my teacher to figure out why I couldn’t remember anything I was reading.  From what I can remember, no solution was found and I continued to struggle into my high school years.

I became a teacher and then Reading Intervention Coordinator, which one would think means that I was a reader.  I was able to motivate kids to read and to learn, no matter what they entry point happened to be. But did I model what I was saying to kids by reading and having titles to recommend? Nope, not the case.

Enter Mrs. Vuckovich.  In my first few days as a principal at an urban elementary school just south of Chicago…

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Labradors and Friends · Uncategorized

Dale and Maggie and the Great Big Knock

It's "Throwback Thursday," so here's a trip back only about eight months ago, from notes in my doggie journal... By now, two and a half years after coming to live with us, Dale is a well-adjusted, happy blind dog, and Maggie puts up with him, most of the time. One night we walked before dinner,… Continue reading Dale and Maggie and the Great Big Knock

Family History · Uncategorized

Labor Day Thanks

It's the first Monday in September, which has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1894, to celebrate American Workers.  Before its creation, many workers worked 12-hour days, 7 days per week for basic living expenses, sometimes with children working in the factories also.  Traditionally, Labor Day is a relaxed day to either… Continue reading Labor Day Thanks

Books · Family History · Uncategorized

Beach Reading? Nope…Texas Hill Country!

Right after school was out, I decided to bypass the electronic catalog and make a trip to my local library.  Usually, I just reserve books on line, then run in to check them out when they come in, but this day, I enjoyed looking at the displays and finding a new book series for the… Continue reading Beach Reading? Nope…Texas Hill Country!

Family History · Gardening · Uncategorized

Meeting my “Earth Day Deadline” with a little help…

  It is always my goal to have the garden planted, or at least, mostly planted by Earth Day, April 22.  My parents and grandparents always followed The Farmer's Almanac; perhaps this need to do so comes from their habits.   When the weather cooperates with lots of sun and a bit of rain in between,  we… Continue reading Meeting my “Earth Day Deadline” with a little help…


“Happy Valentine’s Day!” Explaining an American/European tradition.

AMIS, Atlanta Ministry to International Students, is a group I volunteer with, as Secretary and on the Communications Committee.  AMIS is a wonderful way to promote peace in our world, giving students an opportunity to become friends with Americans.  Following is an excerpt from our Q & A Column on American customs and holidays, which is… Continue reading “Happy Valentine’s Day!” Explaining an American/European tradition.


Labradors and Yoga

           After a sunny day of teaching music to small children, my daughter helped me set up this blog.  I will be learning as I go, and I look forward to writing here often!  During her visit, we did a YouTube "Yoga with Adrian."  This was pretty funny, as the two… Continue reading Labradors and Yoga