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Books are my Passion: SOL 3

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I have often wondered about my calling. Callings seem to take the form of passion, right? I wondered for a long time if it was teaching. I adore teaching. I love children and the way they think. I love the growth that can be watched, but I can stop thinking about teaching and not feel like I'm missing something. I cannot, however, stop thinking about reading and writing. Ever.

I've been a reader since I was about 2 1/2. This is nearly 45 years of reading practice which I've done every single day since then. I don't know a day I haven't done some reading. If passion indicates a calling, then books are my calling. When I first read Donalyn Miller, I nodded as I read. She was preaching to my choir.

Now in my 40s, I realize that it is possible to surround yourself with your passion. When people ask me how I get so many things done, I don't know how to respond. It's my calling. It's in my blood. I must read. I must write. Or the day isn't complete.

Yesterday our local city paper launched a blog that was my conception. They are sponsoring me in reading and writing about books based in Maine, written by Maine authors, or published in Maine. It is an exciting project for me because it has authentic purpose which will help so many people. People who deserve to be recognized, people who need to find good books, and people who wonder if it's possible to find a small niche that is your passion and make it work.


  1. Kimberly, congratulations on your new accomplishment in Maine. It is exciting to see your passions being played out in real life. Have a wonderful day reading and writing.

  2. A well-deserved accomplishment--congratulations! I'm still thinking you need to join us in the ranks of'd be a great fit, and it is great fun! Just think, free access to books all day long, right at your fingertips.... ;-)

  3. Congratulations! I love your passions and so agree! Here's to reading and writing!

  4. The best part about living out our calling/finding our passion, is that it brings such joy. I can feel your joy and excitement in this new project. Have fun!

  5. I am so excited for you. You just go for it in so many ways in your life from having children to pursuing your book passion. You Go Girl!

  6. Congratulations! Finding and then living one's passion is just amazing. So wonderful you can do that.

  7. YAY!!! It's exciting to find your passion! And to discover a way to share your passion with others in a meaningful & authentic way?!?!? Heavenly! Love this!! You will ROCK this!

  8. Congratulations! This is truly awesome. Happy Reading and Writing!

  9. Your energy and passion are awe inspiring,, my friend.

  10. Your enthusiasm oozes off the page (or screen)! I love reading, too, but I definitely don't come close to reading as much as you. Congratulations on the blog! :)
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  11. Wow! So cool - I love the idea of reading authors from a certain place or time period. I am excited to read your new blog - I don't live in Maine but I live in another M state - so reading about Maine authors would be fun! Happy Writing! and reading!

  12. Wow, what a great way to showcase your passion. I think as teachers of course teaching is a passion but we still need something else... something to keep us going in a different direction so we aren't always focused on one thing. I really love photography and want to do much more of it, especially this summer. It's hard to get back into a passion when you've taken some time off! Thanks for sharing your passion!

  13. That sounds like a very exciting new project! Good luck! I have a passion too. It's putting great books in the hands of children who need them. Hi, my name is Sandra and I buy books. :)
    I also have Donalyn Miller on my TBR pile. I can't wait to read her. I have just finished Amplify. Try that one!

  14. That sounds like a very exciting new project! Good luck! I have a passion too. It's putting great books in the hands of children who need them. Hi, my name is Sandra and I buy books. :)
    I also have Donalyn Miller on my TBR pile. I can't wait to read her. I have just finished Amplify. Try that one!

  15. What a gift it is to have this resource. So glad you are sharing your passion. It's infectious!

  16. Such passion! You are contagious to your students and readers!


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