Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Last Post

by Susan Stephenson,

Recently I realised that after ten years of regular writing, creating, reviewing and sharing, it's time for me to stop.

Being part of several warm and friendly internet communities, being able to immerse myself in children’s literature, having the fun of playing with apps and tools, brainstorming ideas that encouraged kids to read, write, think and create - all these and more have made life at The Book Chook a pleasure. I’ll truly miss them. But to balance that, there has also been the discipline of regular writing, making, creating and sharing, the time taken by social media, the hassle of stumbling and bumbling with technology and, alas, realising that spelling errors and typos are slipping by me more and more. It’s enough to make me think I’m getting old!

Both my websites will close. However, I will certainly pop up occasionally on The Book Chook Facebook page, Twitter etc to share useful creative and educational resources I find or re-find.

The Book Chook has been such a big part of my life for so long, that I have a lump in my throat just typing this. A million thanks to all The Book Chook readers for your feedback and support. It’s you and your kids who have kept me going this long!

Meanwhile, I leave you with some lines from Mary Oliver’s poem The Summer Day, lines which describe some of my future plans:

I do know …how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

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