Brooks teacher book prompts conversations
12/3/2015, 2:34 p.m.
Sally Green isn’t quite certain what genre her first published book falls
“It’s not typical or entertaining in a classic sense. It will certainly
make you think,” the Brooks Middle School language arts teacher said.
“It’s pretty whimsical. Perhaps inspirational. It’s a mix.”
Green readily admits she has always wanted to write a book. But she mostly
spent her time writing poems before the idea to write “This Is My Book…A
New Way to Look at Old Things” popped into her head.
“Ray Bradbury is famous for saying ideas jump up and bite you, and you
have to grab them before they get away,” she said. “That’s how this was.”
It all started during Spring Break in 2008. Green’s mother passed away
several months earlier in 2008.
“It was like a tidal wave hit me. It was one of those days. I had a blank
journal in front of me and nothing on the calendar. I sat down and just
started writing,” she recalled. “The first and second chapters came out of
me in a very short time. The Universe came into complete clarity.”
That first chapter deals with death in a unique way.
“In the midst of pain, there is an intense focus on what you need to
learn,” the book reads. “You must grasp the lesson with both hands when it
passes by. You must study it while your heart is wide open. If no one ever
died, we would not experience these moments, so one could say that death
is actually a part of a miracle…sort of.”
That took six pages to say.
The second chapter focuses on children.
“Parenting requires every waking moment, and lots of help from other
people,” the book says. “In the course of all of this parenting activity,
stuff (your shortcomings) comes up. All kinds of stuff. When you see your
stuff clearly reflected back to you in the actions of your children…there
is an aha! If you are lucky, you will know it is important to take note,
understand the urgency, and begin to work on your stuff. You see, your
stuff becomes theirs.”
That’s another 12 pages.
Including chapters 3 (love) and 4 (faith), the preface and the epilogue,
the book, is 112 pages long.
“The good news is it only takes 10 minutes to read it,” Green said. “But
it prompts some meaningful conversations and it’s different every time you
Green already has another book in mind. She says “it’s halfway written”
and adds it will involve “the same structure.”
“This is My Book” is available at Anderson Book Shops in Naperville and
Downers Grove and in the bookstores of the two college campuses where her
children attend-- the University of Iowa and University of Missouri at
“I really haven’t aggressively marketed it,” she said, adding she hopes to
be able to find time to do so in the near future. She says using the
Johnny Appleseed method has made for an incredibly interesting ride so