Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Our 10th Blogversary and Times Are Changing - #SOL18 2/27/18

**I'm so grateful to the #SOL community for welcoming me, even after a long absence. Thanks to the team at Two Writing Teachers for hosting the slicing community each Tuesday! And an even bigger thank you to that team for hosting an even larger community for the entire month of March for the Slice of Life Challenge. You all rock!!**

Today's Slice of Life seems like a good opportunity to share some transitions happening here at Literate Lives:


In Feb. 2008, Bill and I began this blog (a huge shout-out to MaryLee for meeting on a cold February morning to get us started on the basics). Bill was embarking on a career path as a media specialist and would be sharing books with his entire school's population, and I was a classroom teacher who just loved books and sharing them with my students. We both wanted to share what we were reading with other educators. Over the past 10 years, we have shared a plethora of books and stories here at Literate Lives, and have gotten to know so many people that share a love of books and stories as well. We considered ourselves extremely fortunate to have met all of you!
**And on a personal note, I'm so thankful Bill embarked on this blog journey with me. Thanks to him for a great 10 years!**


I retired last May, and have been trying very hard to find my voice at our blog.
Bill will be retiring this May, and is stepping away from the blog; he is looking forward to new adventures in retirement.
After 10 years, our collaboration here is coming to an end.


Literate Lives will continue with the same name, just a slightly revised purpose and a slightly different layout, and just one contributor. I will continue to search for my writing "voice" by engaging in some of the online communities in place:

  • sharing my passion of reading- sharing books that I've read, and hopefully becoming a more frequent member of the #IMWAYR community
  • working on developing that writing voice by becoming a member of the #SOL community, starting this week by joining the March Slice of Life Challenge. I look forward to exercising my writing muscles again
I will also continue to revise and tweak the layout of Literate Lives to make it as user-friendly as possible.
Thanks so much to all of you who have been part of Bill and my journey over the past 10 years! We're grateful you took time out of your busy days to read some of the things we've shared.

Moving forward, I look forward to sharing my passion for reading and writing for the next several years.


  1. A new adventure for the blog. I know you will share the best of the best.

  2. Yours is a situation I can appreciate. I, too, retired last June and have been waiting for the next crossroads and a new direction. Strange that the one comment below the Two Writing Teachers post that I chose to read was yours...hmmm. I have been completing a monthly video blog featuring young adult literature and posting it to my youtube channel, not promoting it, but feeling as if at least I'm doing something connected to what I love, like you: books. I look forward to reading your SOL and wish you a future of great "unexpecteds."

  3. Literate Lives inspired me so much as a blogger and a lover of books! I'm glad to hear you're re-inventing, and I hope you're considering the March Challenge as well as weekly slicing! Looking forward to reconnecting.

  4. WOO HOO -- so glad to be in this challenge with you!! You are going to help me --right??!!!! There is no way I should be doing this -- but coulda shoulda... can we celebrate with a visit at the end???!!! MIssing my Ohio peeps for sure.

  5. It's great to know that you're continuing this journey even in retirement. I had a friend tell me recently, "You're retired. You don't have to read kid books anymore." But it's my pleasure to read kid books and the best indulgence I know of, calorie free! Looking forward to seeing you throughout the month of March.

  6. Congrats to Bills retirement and I'm so glad you took some time to retire and will stay retired but continue sharing goodness with all of us. I love the background - it makes me feel retired and I'm not there yet. Yahoo for this journey friend.

  7. Congrats to both of you. It's been an honor to teach and learn along with you. I'm a stronger and better educator because of both of you.