Monday, March 30, 2020

By the Book with Mrs. Wagner, Everyone's favorite nurse!

What kind of reader were you as a child?  Which childhood books and authors stick with you the most? 
Once I realized that books can transport you to other worlds, I developed a love of reading.  One of the first books I remember reading was James and the Giant Peach by Roald
Dahl.  Two of my favorite books as a child were A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.  I remember reading for hours at a time and feeling like I had actually been inside the book alongside the characters.  It was such an amazing feeling!  Other books I loved as a child were Rifles of Watie by Harold Keith, about a young boy’s experience during the Civil War, and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. 
Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how). 
Sitting next to a warm fireplace on a snowy day or sitting under an umbrella at the beach on a sunny day.
What is the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently? 
I’ve been reading about how illness can affect different parts of the human body.  It makes me want to take care of my body and cook healthy foods for my family.  I also really like reading about farming.  I grew up in a very rural area in Maryland.  I just learned that when you wash herbs, you should put them in a mesh bag and hang them outside in the sunshine to dry. 
You’re organizing a literary dinner party.  What three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
L.M. Montgomery, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (who co-wrote Cheaper by the Dozen), and Mildred Armstrong Kalish (who wrote Little Heathens about growing up on a farm in Iowa).  I think it would be an amazing dinner with delicious food and great conversation!
A note from Mrs. Schwinden - One of the first books I remember is Nurse Nancy, which included real bandages. I couldn't resist including this image as a tribute to nurses everywhere. Thanks for all you do to keep us safe and well!
This book lives in my memory forever! Mrs. S.


  1. I'm really enjoying these guest posts! It's a great opportunity to learn something new about our work colleagues! I found it interesting that you hang herbs to dry in a mesh a bag outside. I guess I've been doing it wrong. :( I'll remember this as my herbs start to return to my garden....can't wait!

  2. Oh! Anne girl! Another fantastic series! Thanks for reminding me of Anne of Green Gables. The scrapes she got into...what fun!