Date Joined: March 20, 2012
Last Online: January 27, 2016
Birthday: October 22, 1947
Country: United States
I am a middle school librarian who has been teaching for 42 years. I was a classroom teacher for 25 years teaching at various times: reading, English, history, French, art, drama and speech. I have been a librarian for 17 years. I am married with three grown daughters and two grown sons. Sadly, I have only one grandson and no granddaughters. The sad part is not having a "flock" of grandchildren. Several of my former students have "adopted" me as a grandpa and keep me up to date on all their activities. My wife is also a teacher, second grade, but she wants to retire soon. We have lived in the same house for 38 years. .... I must amend the foregoing. My son and daughter-in-law have adopted a new baby and a 13 year old boy that they were fostering. So, now I have three grandsons: two 13 year olds, and one 2 year old. They are also fostering a new child, an 11 year old girl. Isn't life sweet.
I love classical music, perhaps the best, but also the music of the 1900s through the 1960s and lots and lots of opera. I do listen to all styles of music except heavy metal, rap and hip hop. I have a huge collection of vinyl and CDs, mainly classical, 1920s, big band, and 50s-60s. I have 12 playlists on YouTube under the name "Chanteamoi." I like too many singers and groups to single any out as a favorite.
As an early teen librarian, I read mostly young adult and juvenile literature. I must say that this area of modern fiction is some of the best literature being written. And 90% of it is clean-the rest I avoid. I also read history written for adults. I attend the American Library Association conference every other year or so(depends on where the conference is), but I only get a floor pass. That is a pass that allows me on the exhibit floor where I collect bags full of free advance readers copies of new books from publishers and vendors and get author signatures for many of them. I had a great time at the last conference (2012) in Anaheim, CA.
I love westerns, movies of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, musicals, film noire, classy comedies, and quite a few of the hollywood melodramas of the "Golden Age." Some recent films I really enjoyed are The Actor, Hugo, and Midnight in Paris, Moonrise Kingdom, Lincoln, Les Miz. Especially love the old Mickey Rooney films. I saw Unbroken and The Imitation Game in the last few weeks. I liked them both.
CSI, NCIS, Who Do You Think You Are?, Once Upon a Time, The Middle, Modern Family, Downton Abby, Up Stairs, Down Stairs, and every 1950s comedy and western I can get my hands on. I am currently watching all the Rifleman episodes available on METV. Also watched some Trouble with Father episodes staring Stu Erwin on YouTube. Recently bought a CD with 30 episodes of the 50s TV western, My Friend Flicka.
Mail art, ATCs, book arts, paper making and decorating. I have taken many classes in book binding and artists' books, and I teach book arts at public libraries, elementary schools, and, of course, my own school. I send out many decorated envelopes each month to family and friends with a newsletter, but I receive very little in return. I blog about my mail art and book making, as well as other interests including memoir writing at oldlibraryman.blogspot.com.
I have written and published three plays, have acted in numerous community theatre productions and some film work. I also write memoir pieces which I am told are quite good, and which I sometimes post on my blog.
I really like hand crafted cards, postcards, and mail art. I enjoy trading ATCs, zines and origami books. I usually make small, numbered editions of my work, so I can trade with several collectors and have a copy for my own collection. If I send out every piece of the edition, I make an electronic copy for my records.
If you do not receive a swap from me, please email me and I will re-send. I always send. I have received several cards and envies that have been damaged , i.e. torn, marked and/or scratched, by the postal machinery. I sent an envie to myself after I had it hand cancelled, and the post office sent it through the machinery anyway. I also sent a card to South Carolina with postcrossing and it never arrived. As much as I like postal arting and postcarding, the post office is not as reliable or careful with our art as we would all like it to be. March/April 2014 had two letters, one postcard and one bill undelivered and unreturned (LOST) by the post office.
I have just become active again in the Order of the Arrow (Boy Scout honor camping and service society). I was an active chapter advisor in the 1980s, but have been too busy with too many other projects and time intensive activities to be actively involved with the OA. It is nice to be back as an associate advisor with many old friends.
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