My blog is two years old today! I’m rather awed by the fact, I must admit. I had no idea what would happen when I posted my first post. Yet here I am, two years later, my head full of comments, thoughts and books that are just waiting to be blogged about. Writing has become synonymous with reflection for me.
So why am I “in limbo” and not simply rejoicing? Here’s the chain of events that has left me hanging in the air:
A while back I applied for a scholarship and sent in a speaker proposal for IATEFL Conference in Liverpool, this coming April. Nothing gained if nothing ventured, isn’t that how the saying goes?
I didn’t get the scholarship.
But my speaker proposal was accepted! Oh my goodness!!
First there were agonizing debates with myself, my husband and some friends – attending a conference abroad is an expensive adventure. We’re cautious people who work hard and plan our expenses carefully.
However, my blog’s second birthday isn’t the only event of the year (The Jewish year is from Sept. to Sept., you know!). I’ve been a teacher since I was 23 year old. I’m turning 50 this June and speaking at IATEFL isn’t something I have done before.
So, we decided to go for it!
Then why the limbo, you may ask?
I need permission to go as I will be missing a few days at school. My school principal and school inspectors have been wonderfully supportive (IATEFL sends a beautiful official- looking letter with its logo) and I REALLY appreciate their support. However, it seems that someone higher up in the Ministry of Education needs to approve it as well and sign documents. When will that happen? Will it happen?
I don’t know. Hence the limbo. Those two short sentences make a nice ryhming sound when said together but they leave me feeling uptight. Flights need to be found, dues need to be paid, accomodation issues solved (anyone looking for a roomate for the conference?) not to mention a talk to be prepared.
In any case, I can talk about books with real pleasure. I’m still reading (and enjoying) An Equal Music. Meanwhile, here are some recent reccomendations from readers of the blog:
Baiba Svenca recommended The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. She said she didn’t want the book to end!
Janet Toar couldn’t put down the book “Sacred Hearts”, by Sarah Dunnant
Shulamith reccomends a site of Winter Poems to warm you up. She encourages the Israeli readers to enjoy it quickly – Winter is awfully short around here!
A book Vicky Loras recently read and really liked was “Scenes From Village Life” by Amos Oz.
I’m delighted to receive recommendations, so keep them coming!