Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lazy Post

I have been busy all day with housekeeping details--they never end--and working on an article that was first started in 2007. It needs cutting, adding to, endnotes reworked, etc. For the most part, this is boring work. (Although sometimes I run into something new while checking out sources and then I get excited.)

Tonight I went to First Place at Center, and afterwards some of us filled our last week of Angel Bags that Charlene and Gerald Morris have been kind enough to deliver to the school for us each Friday. I haven't heard what community church will be doing the bags during March.

Before I left, I fixed Gerald a supper plate for the microwave. When I returned, I did the same for myself. I watched a mite of TV while I ate. Then I needed to check emails, which led me to some post by grandkids on Facebook. Who could resist pictures of our great grandsons posted by Tara?

I am either tired or lazy. So I am going to cheat and post something about my writing that was written for another purpose. But maybe it will tell you a little more about my writing.


Writing has been a part of Sue Glasco's life since her freshman year at Anna-Jonesboro High School in Union County, Illinois. Much of her writing has been in letters, journals, and publicity releases for organizations she was helping to promote. In addition to her pro bono writing, she also seriously tried to write as a part-time freelancer from 1966-71. Despite the two-cents a word that she usually received, she was always pleased that she had an avocation that provided the family with a little extra income rather than a hobby that cost the family money.

During her children's busy growing-up years and her parents' growing feeble years, she put aside freelancing and concentrated on family.

Then she continued her career as an educator. Writing was mostly limited to writing syllabi and work materials. (She calls her career as an educator haphazard since she has subbed in preschool through high school classrooms, taught in secondary and college classrooms, and finally worked six-and-a-half years in family literacy for Rend Lake College.)

Since retirement in July 1998, she spent one year slowing down and catching up with friends and family. Then she began to write to share family memories for future generations. That got interrupted for one year as she and her husband built a house and moved to a new home after 36 years at Pondside Farm.

After settling into their retirement home, she began writing again. In 2005, she has published Down on the Farm: One American Family's Dream, a compilation of columns she originaly wrote from 1962-1966 telling the story of the family achieving their dream to become farmers in Southern Illinois.

Since then, she has continued publishing occasional short articles, and her twice-a-week blogs are published on Woodsong Notes, Amazon Connect, and Red Room.

Sue says that for her to write is as necessary as breathing, and she has always drawn comfort from Madeleine L'Engle's assurance that it was all right to be a minor writer. In fact, Sue believes everyone's story has value. She has always urged students and friends to put their stories and thoughts into writing. Two-hundred years from now, descendants will cherish an ancestor's writing more than any best seller!


Krisitn said...

I think the Angel bags are such a wonderful idea. A friend of mine told how her daughter's school cut the kids off of breakfast/lunch if they couldn't pay the money. As she and I talked, those are the kids that the only hot meals they get are AT the school, so cutting them off, means they don't (probably) get no hot meals on a regular basis. Thank God, there are kind, generous people like you! Take care until I see you again.

Kristin said...

Look at that...I can't spell my name right this time. I guess that is why there are editors! LOL.

Sue Glasco said...

Thanks, Kristin. I constantly transpose letters when typing on computer. Don't know why. I will also put "now" for "know" and mix up "their" and "there" even though I have corrected hundred of students' papers on such things. There is something about typing rapidly that tricks the brain into shortcuts and such errors. You are right--editors are wonderful.