Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Dream catchers

What will this dream catcher catch tonight at your home?
Note: Writings have not been edited. 


Dream insights
By Kuku
Dreams tell you or me something that can become happiness, really bad news, or good news. Dreams are lights into our lives. Our feelings give us different looks into ourselves as well as Ruwuizes. Dreams can tell us before something happens to us. Some of us have that feeling throughout our lives. We have barriers. It is really hard to describe some issues about our futures. The future brings us closer to our good dreams. Our journey on the road includes hunting and planning. The journey is a trip of a life time. Kicking off and looking at the new world is fantastic!


A High Sky Dream

By Danny
I stood on top of a cliff with complete faith in what I wanted, I jumped off. I fell towards the ground at a high speed. As if on a glider I sored Skyward. I saw people Below me.

I felt so happy that I did loop-de-loops. I flew down to a house and in an open window. I hovered over someone sleeping in their bed. Then I woke up to see a little bird over me.


What does my dream catcher say to me if it could talk
By Ellen

What I dream about is I would walk into L.A.C. one day and
tell Deb I am not coming back. I have graduated from college
and I will be teaching at Ashley’s school and I will come back
to visit as often as I can.


Dream Snatcher
By Deb

Toss. Turn. Move around.
Squash, squish. Punch it down.
Toss left. Turn right. Darkness surround.
Thoughts settle. Images abound. 
Results? Many or few. All astound.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Shoo Fly pie

Shoo Fly pie or ???

Last month, we read about Shoo Fly pie in Jack Gantos's novel Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key in our New Readers' Group hosted by The City Library.

So, I made the pie. About 6 minutes before the pie finished baking, I realized that I had left out the sugar in the crumble topping. I laughed. 

Having never eaten or baked Shoo Fly pie before, I had no idea of the impact of this missing ingredient. I was pretty sure however that no one would die from this mistake. I also thought they might not like the taste. 

I took the pie to share anyway. 

Before we looked at my pie packed away in my pie basket, we read Gantos's description of Joey eating his Shoo Fly pie. 

"...I sat down and stuck my finger straight through the brown crust...and when I was finished I stuck my finger in my mouth. It was sweet, as sweet as the little packets of sugar I eat at Dunkin' Donuts, sweeter maybe. More like Log Cabin pancake syrup...And the pie was almost as runny as the syrup. It wasn't gelled up like the cafeteria cherry pie. So I picked the top crust off and ate that first...Then I just kept sticking my two curled fingers in and licking them off and the more I ate the faster I wanted to eat it...Just eating the pie and tasting the warm sugar melt all over my tongue and ooze down into my belly like a slippery sugary snake, and when it was almost finished I...tilted back my head, and poured the last brown drops of it right down into my throat..." (p. 61-62).

If you are a Shoo Fly pie aficionado, then you've already noticed that the pie topping in the photo above looks powdery rather than crusty. The missing sugar definitely changed the consistency or structure of the pie's top crust. 

The recipe I used said the pie shouldn't come out dripping - that was the common complaint in the comments following the recipe. According to Gantos's description however, molasses should very definitely have been oozing out of the pie plate. 

Our reality was not even close to Gantos's vivid description.

With trepidation, I served each person 1/8” slices because I didn’t know if they'd like it or not. I also read that the entire pie had a calorie count well over 3100 calories. I didn't want people gaining weight on my account.

Regardless, people ate their thin slices of pie. The reaction was split between liking the pie or not. The “likers” finished off the pie.

Have you eaten Shoo Fly pie before? How do you weigh in? Was your pie extremely runny or dry?

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Reasons Why: Join Literacy Action Center today

Ray, Ellen, & Ray give reasons why adults struggling
with reading should enroll at Literacy Action Center.

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Literacy Action Center was one of two featured organizations at the quarterly Family Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinating Committee meeting. (Read our June 2016 blog for more about this committee.)

Ray, Ellen, Ray, and Deb went to share reasons why other organizations should send struggling adult readers to our program.

Ray, Ellen, and Ray's reasons included:

1. We get help – from teachers, tutors, and other learners – that works for each of us.

2. We learn so well that we can teach others because we’ve got it – we understand!

3. We change. We do things that we’ve never dreamed of doing before. Why? Because we now have the skills. 

What reason would you give for attending Literacy Action Center?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Teaching Philosophy Unmasked

Image result for uaacce usbe 2018 conference

On Friday, September 14, 2018, six of us will be delivering two presentations at the 2018 UAACCE/USBE Conference.

Slaying the Pedagogical Dragon: Raising Scores through Learner Content - Betsy & Deb
We will share how we develop our units of instruction - brainstorming, KWL, activities, & products. Then we will share the results of 4 instructional units with the attendees.

Ask, Don't Tell - Danny, John, Ellen, Ray, & Deb
Our group will engage attendees in examining two extreme types of instructional methodology. Then we will explain how our inquiry method works. We will share pros and cons of this method. We will then take this method further by sharing how we create note pages to foster independent learning..

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Artists Among Us

We've been exploring art media and artists' works for several months. One of the outcomes of this unit of study is for two of our learners to sue their talents to produce unique art works to donate to our center. 

Danny and Teresa presented their pieces at our this year's annual fundraiser on Thursday, August 30, 2018. As part of their presentations, they wrote and delivered their art statements. 

For a glimpse of their work, see below.


Danny's Artist Statement

Danny reading his artist statement. His OC is being held up behind him. 

Mario, Snake, Link, Sonic, and Fox. What do these names have in common? If you’re not a gamer, nothing. If you are a gamer, hero comes to mind.

I made this drawing because I want to be a hero too, but through video games. I want to bring the world together through them. I like to see people smile. I love to see people happy. I believe with games I can make that happen.

I used a pencil to draw the picture, a couple of markers to trace the picture to make it darker, the eraser of the pencil to get rid of the original lines, and Photoshop to color it. I based my drawing off an OC (original character) that I made on one of my games.

I have made other drawings like a close up picture of a wolf face, but this is my first full body picture. I never made something like this before.  


Teresa's Artist Statement (aka Stilz)

Teresa reading her artist statement. Her art piece is displayed to her left.

As an artist, I use my imagination and creativity in my artwork to let me think of what to paint.  

The tools I use are a blank canvas, paint brushes, color paints, and artist oil to mix the colors together.

My style is mostly abstract, although I have done other types of paintings, which is the style I have done on this piece here.

I looked at this blank canvas, and I had visions in my mind. So I used my paint brush to outline the face and the background.

After I was done outlining the face and the background, I began to put in colors, including the shadows on my painting.


“You don’t have to be perfect to be an artist.
All you have to do is just be creative.” - Stilz

Friday, August 10, 2018

The World's Strongest Librarian is back in town

Meet Josh Hanagarne. You know, the Salt Lake City librarian who touts himself as The World's Strongest Librarian. 

He's spending the evening with us. He's showing off his strength and sharing his story about Tourette syndrome.

Learn more about the changes in his life since the publication of The World's Strongest Librarian. Learn more about Tourette syndrome. Find out Josh's life as a strong man.

Join us for

A Benefit for Literacy Action Center

An Evening with...

Josh Hanagarne

Date:  Thursday, August 30, 2018
Time:  6:00 - 9:00 PM
Place: The Grill at Old Mill (6080 Wasatch Blvd, Holladay)

Evening Features

Silent & Live Auctions

Author Josh Hanagarne

Reading & Discussion

Questions? Call Deb at 801/265-9081

We are a qualified 501(c)(3).

Your support helps another functionally-illiterate English-speaking adult transform into a skilled, passionate, habitual, critical reader, writer, & mathematician, who is career-minded and tech savvy.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Join us for "An Evening With..."

Your opportunity to help adults become 
stronger readers, writers, and mathematicians.

A Benefit for Literacy Action Center

An Evening with...

Josh Hanagarne

Date:  Thursday, August 30, 2018
Time:  6:00 - 9:00 PM
Place: The Grill at Old Mill (6080 Wasatch Blvd, Holladay)

Evening Features

Silent & Live Auctions

Author Josh Hanagarne

Reading & Discussion

Friends Welcome!

Join us! 

4 Options:

Send checks to Literacy Action Center for $60/person. Postmark checks by 8/17/18 
(Mail checks to Literacy Action Center, 3595 S Main Street, Salt Lake City UT 84115)

Early Bird: $60/person 7/31-8/17
General: $60 + $5.39/person from 8/17-8/29 
Last Minute: $75 + $6.12/person from 8/29-8/30

Pay cash or check $75/person at the door. 
Or Last Minute: $75 + $6.12/person at Eventbrite

Option 4:
Can't come? Help us anyway. Send a donation.
Make a donation: send a check or via Eventbrite.

    Questions? Call Deb at 801/265-9081

    We are a qualified 501(c)(3).

    Your support helps another functionally-illiterate English-speaking adult transform into a skilled, passionate, habitual, critical reader, writer, & mathematician, who is career-minded and tech savvy.

    Tuesday, July 31, 2018

    Everyone stood frozen in shock!

    Our story starter turned some of us into horror writers and others into romance writers. These writings were quick ten-minute drafts. Please enjoy them "as is" because we had no time to edit. 

    Check out our 8 stories below. 
    Wednesday Morning Group

            Everyone stood frozen in shock...

    Everyone stood frozen in shock when they saw a car accident the dead bodies on the street the ambulance driver took them away.

    Everyone stood frozen in shock. Disbelief pervaded the crowd. Did the dancer bouncing on the side of the glass library wall just plunge through the glass? Was she really dangling and bouncing inside then outside of the jagged edges with blood spurting towards the audience at regular intervals? 

    Everyone stood frozen in shock. Because we don’t know other people’s values or cultures, we don’t know what is going on. For example, I need a lot of fun. I look at things around me. I hear, and I watch. TV shows really give me characters of hope and wishes from all these things I see. Around with me daily, life is full of temperatures – positive and negative emotions.  What’s worries me in my culture is shock.

    Everyone stood frozen in shock when they heard a new student is coming to our high school. This is student is a bad boy, he had a motorcycle. He had long black hair, with beautiful gorgeous red eyes his name is Kyle Carson. Rumor has it that Kyle had been kicked out of different schools for vandalism. Everyone was talking about it. The students were talking about him, their were afraid to go near him. Except one student who is not afraid to talk to Kyle.

    Her name is Emily Johnson, Emily got tired of the same old good behavior boyfriends. She always dumps them on their second dates. She walked towards him and then Kyle turns around. Then they start look at each other eye’s for the first they meet. The students couldn’t believe what they saw. They made them speechless.

    My point here is that good girls always fall in love with bad boys. Not good girls always fall with good boys. 

    Everyone saw two people skating on ice when the ice broke and cracked underneath them. They fell into the lake. They were hollering for help.

    People around them looked and went to get more help. Then the fire department came and rescued them.

    Everyone stood frozen in shock as the earth began to shake. They were trying to figure out what was happening when out of nowhere a herd of buffalo came running down the street.

    The crowd scrambled for safety to avoid being trampled.  But where did they come from? Why are they running?

    Just then behind them I saw…….

    Everyone stood frozen in shock because they saw lions. Then they shot them with darts with medicine. Monkeys, zebras,  gazelles, hippopotamus and a cougar. A man and a lady in uniform with guns.

    The day started so normal, so boring. I walked to school for another long day of being bored.

    I made it past 45th when the sky change dark red. I saw a crowd of people staring up to the sky. They stood there frozen in shock as a giant meteor came down from the heavens.

    Today may not be as boring as I thought.

    Sunday, June 10, 2018

    CNA: Get the Facts

    Picture of mannequin in bed taken by Selena at beginning
     of her CNA course at Utah CNA Centers this past April.

    We are learning a lot about the perks of the world of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Let us share three important key items that may sway you to begin training today.

    First, did you know that you don't have to start your CNA course before you get hired? All you need is basic first aid/CPR certification. The first aid course included a skills test (demonstrate to the instructor that you can perform CPR appropriately) and a short multiple-choice test (which may be read by the instructor).

    Second, long-term care facilities will hire anyone to be a CNA. You have 120 days from your date of hire to pass the CNA licensing exam. On top of that the long-term care facility will reimburse you for your CNA course. They'll reimburse you even if you started the course before they hired you. Some long-term care facilities may also give you a signing bonus. Yes, you heard us right. An additional check for just signing up to work for them. Buyer beware: Read the fine print - some of these companies may require that you work for them for six or more months if they pay for the course or give a signing bonus. You may earn as much as $25, 000 per year ($11/hour). Many of the positions, however, are part-time.

    Third, while many long-term care facilities need CNAs, so do hospitals, especially hospitals tied to universities. Getting employed as a CNA at a hospital has more benefits. By benefits, we mean that you may actually move up into a tech field with little further education. For example, you can become a cardio tech (the person who performs EKGs), MRI tech (the person who performs MRIs), or ultrasound tech (the person who performs ultrasounds) without a college degree. The average pay for the cardio tech is $53,000 per year ($25/hour), and the MRI tech averages $65,000 per year ($31/hour). While these careers may need additional on-the-job training, CNA may certainly be an entry into these other better paying medical-related jobs. Oh, by the way, as a university employee, the CNA may also get reduced college tuition.

    We have been quite surprised by all of this. We know that CNAs are the backbone of any medical facility, but we didn't realize how CNAs might move easily into other better paying positions. Based on what we've shared, aren't you ready now to get your CNA?

    Friday, June 1, 2018

    Recognition Dinner 2018: Donors

    Dear Literacy Friends,

    Learners enroll with us to fill educational gaps. They see adult literacy instruction as one key to getting what they want in their lives.

    Unbeknownst to these learners, we engage them in developing a variety of keys to enhance their abilities as readers, writers, and mathematicians. In turn, learners use these keys to take advantage of a range of college and career opportunities. 

    The bottom line...what we do is only possible because of support from individuals like you. You are key to everyone’s success! 

    In April, we celebrated our learners' and volunteers' successes at our annual Recognition Dinner. We are grateful to so many people for making this evening a success. These individuals included: Debbie (organizer), Tom, Danielle, Karen, Donna, Shell, Ellen, Mike, Selena, Sue, Ray, Ashley, Chris, John, Ray, Colleen, Matt, Kathy, plus many others who helped us bring the meal together!

    We are also extremely grateful to our in-kind dinner donors: 
    Buca di Beppo (935 Ft Union Blvd, Midvale) 
    Costco (5201 South Intermountain Drive, Murray) 
    Costco (1818 South 350 West, SLC) 
    Elizabeth’s Catering (1645 West 2200 South, WVC) 
    Olive Garden (3515 Constitution Blvd, WVC) 
    Olive Garden (6305 South State, SLC) 
    Olive Garden (2272 South 1300 East, SLC) 
    Quizno’s (1775 South 4130 West, SLC
    ReadingHorizons (www.ReadingHorizons.com) 
    Sam’s Club (6525 S State, Murray) 
    Shasta Beverage (2370 S 900 W, WVC) 
    Sizzler Sugarhouse (2111 South 1300 East, SLC)
    Texas Roadhouse (5418 Redwood Rd, Taylorsville) 
    Textile Care Services (2295 West Custer Rd, WVC)
    Utah Food Services (581 W 900 North, NSL)

    On behalf of everyone here, thank you for your support!