Saving Our Pennys by Roy Dimond & Jeff Leitch

Saving Our PennysSaving Our Pennys by Roy Dimond and Jeff Leitch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Saving our Pennys should be a must read on many people’s reading list. It’s a book that will teach you about yourself and your life and help you answer a question; “What are you doing with your life here?”

It follows the life of a school teacher as he begins another year of school in the fast lane of life where everyone’s goal seems to be getting to the end of term, submitting all the paperwork and just surviving.There is a wonderful analogy of a steam train going full steam ahead to its ultimate destination, regardless of the individual desires of it’s passengers.

But our teacher wants more, he wants to remember why he began teaching, he wants to be free of the fear and dread that each day brings as it weighs him down in ever more exhaustion. A fellow teacher offers him the chance to make that change, to step off the train and make a conscious choice to live.

Taking baby steps, movement occurs, enlightenment happens. There was a wonderful moment when he opened the eyes of his students, and one I wish to write down here. If you live to be 100 years old you will be given 36 500 days. “Use your days, be sincere, be genuine, take nothing for granted, treat others well, treat yourself well, be great” How many days of your life have you lived? What have you done with your life?
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Roy and Jeff will be our guests on the blog here tomorrow, come back and fond out more about them and their writing.

Out of the Woods But Not Over the Hill by Gervase Phinn

Out of the Woods But Not Over the HillOut of the Woods But Not Over the Hill by Gervase Phinn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Over the years I’ve read several books by Gervase. My first was Up and Down in the Dales. I love his tales from Yorkshire and his life as a teacher and then a school inspector. The Yorkshire dialect and humour is brilliant and funny, I’m always laughing out loud when I read his books. This book combines anecdotes and memories as well as a few personal opinions and Yes! I was still laughing.

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Make a Joyful Noise by Jenny Worstall

Make a Joyful NoiseMake a Joyful Noise by Jenny Worstall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this very English tale around a choir, all mixed up with romance and teaching. Lots of lovely feel good moments. Well done Jenny!

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Good Deeds

Off to give my time “free of charge” this morning, listening to kids read and helping others to take those first steps up the ladder from first letter sounds to word-formation. Wish me luck, I’ve 10 little people waiting to share a few magical moments with me, let’s see if I can give some of them the gift of reading.