LONDONDERRY — A longtime Derry News columnist has put his favorite words into one place.
John Edmondson of Londonderry has released a book of his favorite Derry News columns through the years.
The book, “I Won’t Walk A Mile In Another Man’s Pants, and other Musings on Living, Teaching and Writing,” is now available through amazon.com
Edmondson’s self-published collection through Amazon’s “Create Space” program, is a collection of his favorite columns from his 15 years of contributing to the Derry News.
The longtime Hampstead Middle School teacher said it was time to put together a book to give readers a chance to revisit some of his past columns.
Choosing his favorites wasn’t easy.
“I had to go through hundreds of columns,” he said. “I decided as I was reading that my columns fit into certain categories.”
There were columns on his educational views, columns on travel, life experiences and his classroom. There were the daily life works, the simple subjects, even columns on his cats.
“I picked out the ones I liked,” he said.
The new book is separated into those categories with Edmondson’s 103 column choices filling the 236 pages.
While writing his column for the past 15 years, Edmondson said, he has noticed his writing subjects change often.
In the beginning, he said, he emphasized education, but grew more into a larger scope of his personal views and insight into many areas.
“It allowed me to realize I had big subject areas I tend to focus on,” he said. “I didn’t realize I had written so much about teaching.”
He’s written not just about his own classroom, but more general thoughts on standardized testing and other observations about education in America today.
There also were more observational views in his columns, Edmondson said, including the little mundane things that happen to everyone.
“A lot of my readers really like those,” he said.
Edmondson said he always loved writing and he appreciates the fact that his readers allow him to write columns stating his views of the world.
He prefers writing early in the morning, when his thoughts are fresh, his mind uncluttered and the day’s influences haven’t begun.
“I get my inspiration from living and keeping my eyes and ears open,” he said. “I still work at the same time of day, every day. I haven’t started my life as a teacher yet.”
Edmonson writes everything down first on paper so he can revise and make changes before heading to the computer.
“I need that pen in my hand,” he said.
Someday, he said, there may be a sequel. In the meantime, he said he still loves teaching and looks forward to sharing more of his words with his readers.
“I still love what I do, but I can’t do this forever,” he said. “But I still have a lot of productive years left.”
Edmondson’s book is available in paperback or in Kindle e-reader format through Amazon.