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Dirty feet and starfish

Our starfish, our precious students and even teachers, in whose lives we have made a noted, tangible difference, are the most valuable revitalizing resources we possess. S. Wham

At the heart of all good writing is .... well, heart.

And one of my favorite bloggers, Mr. Shannon Dean Wham, at the Books, Bytes & Grocery Store Feet blog puts his heart out there in most of his writing, but especially in this must-read, "Of Starfish."

I don't know about you, but April and May have always been the months that any career - industrial chemical sales, cross-country truck driving, even, accounting - have started looking pretty good compared to anything in education. Mr. Wham's post ought to help you get through...

BTW, South Carolinians, Mr. Wham is in need of a library position for next year. Speaking as a parent and grandparent, I would love to have my kids have him as their librarian. As we say in Minnesota, you could do worse...

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Oh if I only had the power to bring him with me. You know he's my friend. Ive been searching high and low too. I can't believe his school would let such a resource leave. Thanks for giving him a shout out.

Shannon is awesome! He's always good for a laugh as well as a healthy dose of reality. I had so much fun with him in library school. He would definitely be a welcome addition to any school library program. There are few out there who are so passionate about working with young people.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Knight

Thanks for sending me to to Shannon's blog. A gift on a rainy Thursday in Chicago. I am moving back to Middle School next year. Getting back to reading for pleasure with my students and not for a grade.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate Tabor

I can't believe they are letting anyone go either. State law says you have to have a librarian ---
I did see an opening in Darlington, SC.
We don't have any openings.

Marlboro county in Bennetssville may have openings.

Ida Thompson in Richland Two may be another resource to check

Also contact Martha Alewine -- she usuallu know where some positions are that are open

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Yohe

I work in Marlboro County and I am not sure of any openings. Although, we would love to have Shannon with us. We have a great group of media specialists here.

May 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen Carlson

Shannon's blog feed has been in my reader since he first started it. He is an excellent writer whose voice shines through in each well-thought out post.

Thanks for bringing national attention to this blog - it is well-deserved!

May 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFran Bullington

Hi Cathy,

I know Shannon is your buddy. Keeping my fingers crossed for him!


Hi Kelly,

Thanks for the comment. I can imagine Shannon would have been an entertaining classmate!


Hi Paula,

Thanks for leads. I can't help but think Shannon will land on his grocery store feet someplace!

All the best,


Thanks, Getchen. Let Shannon know if you hear of anything, OK?


Hi Fran,

No problem. I am fan as well.

You South Carolinians watch out for each other!


Hi Kate,

Shannon deserves wider readership. I find him consistently funny and poignant!


May 4, 2009 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

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