I’ve been thinking about blogging for way too long now. But when writing colleague Michelle Rafter organized a May blogathon — a commitment to writing one post a day for the month of May — I knew I could either conveniently “forget” to sign up or just jump in.
So here I am. I hope you’re inspired and enlightened over the next 31 days. And if that’s too ambitious, I hope I can come up with 31 fresh (or at least not totally stale) ideas this month.
Today is a great day to scan your bookshelves and select five books. They can be:
— Books you’ve read but didn’t make your “favorites” list
— Books you’ve never read and, uh, probably never will … but they sure look impressive on your shelf (that’d be my husband’s copy of Thomas Edison’s biography)
— College textbooks. Honestly, you won’t need them again. (Do you still refer to your college textbooks? Tell me more!)
— Books your kids have outgrown.
— Books you’ve outgrown. (I went through a Norman Rockwell phase as a tween — but I’ve moved on. So have the books of his art.)
If selecting five books was easy, try to add another five. Or another 10. Most public libraries are happy to accept them for book sales. A preschool in your community would be very grateful for board books. Another great choice is a literacy, tutoring or mentoring program. They can always use reading material.