Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Frank McCourt: The Man Who Learned to Teach

We lost a great writer in 2009. Here's just a small glimpse. Hope you enjoy. 


  1. That was awesome. He was a great example of someone overcoming tremendous odds to make something of himself. Many would have given in to their childhood hardships & become a statistic. In the interview - you could hear (almost feel) the joy & appreciation he had for his students. Thanks for posting this. You're right - we lost an icon.

  2. I enjoy all that you share. Thanks so much! Thanks for the visit & the follow too. I enjoyed it...I will have to find some tea...HAHA! Have a Great Day...thanks again!

  3. When "Angela's Ashes" first came out I didn't read it from the perspective of a writer. As a memoir the topic didn't particularly interest me so I kind of skimmed through it and wondered at its popularity. Of course since then I view it differently. I should read it again.

    Thanks for the video. I especially like his comment that if you're a teacher but aren't learning then you aren't teaching. A remarkable man!

  4. @Kim, you're very welcomed, and thanks for stopping by.

    @Carol, I had trouble with "Angela's Ashes" when it first came out because it was so sad. I read it again as a few years ago and truly appreciated the book. I remember thinking or wondering where my head had been the first time 'round. It's not a story for the faint of heart, that's for sure.

  5. On one of my trips from Dallas to Central PA, I had the privilege of listening to the audio book of Angela's Ashes, read by an Irishman. It was fantastic and a book that I will never forget.

    I wonder how many of his Dr. McCort's students went on to try and write their own stories because his joy of learning, reading, and life was awakened in them by his teaching. I wonder if he ever knew how much he mattered. I know I always remember the special teachers and what they meant to me.

  6. Vicki, I wonder if these people realize the impact they had on us. Maybe it's better not to think about it.


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