Salutations! I’m Fran Haley, the voice of Lit Bits and Pieces.
“Lit” has several meanings here: literacy, literature, literary interests. Although threads of my work as a K-12 reading specialist, English educator, and literacy coach run through the posts, the bottom line is that I am a lifelong lover of reading and writing. I’ve written a little bit of everything—curriculum, literary criticism, creative nonfiction, fiction, short stories, poetry. I facilitate professional development for teachers in writing, an area of support where “lit” takes on a deeper meaning: the spark of inspiration, harnessing and growing the power which lies inside us all. I tell students and teachers that writing is the closest thing to magic that there is.
In the movie Shadowlands, Sir Anthony Hopkins, portraying author C.S. Lewis, speaks this line: “We read to know we are not alone.”
I say we write to know we have lived.
Everything has meaning, and matters.
So welcome, reader, teacher, writer, and other kindred spirit. Here you will encounter my small epiphanies and musings, various and sundry backlit reflections. I write Lit Bits and Pieces because I want to. These scenes in my heart need a keeping place. I hope they inspire and encourage you in whatever you do and whoever you are, as a co-practitioner of life. As Helen Steiner Rice penned in “My Thanks”: So if you found some beauty in any word or line,/ It’s just your soul’s reflection in proximity with mine.
Read. Write. Reflect.
Favorite Lit Bits from students:
3rd grader, on hearing the opening stanzas of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” for the first time: “Oh, that sounds just like music!”
5th grader, weeping at the conclusion of a modeled memoir: “That was the most wonderful and terrible thing I ever heard!”
2nd grader: “Are you Hermione?”
12th grader: “What do you mean, my essay doesn’t have to be five paragraphs?”
Any student: “I want to read my writing to you” and “Can I borrow one of your books?”
Although I grew up on the Virginia Peninsula, my roots run deep in eastern North Carolina. Here’s to celebrating life with family stories old and new. Especially with great dogs.
Connect with me on Twitter: @fahaley