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August 30, 2010


I’m thinking about picking up Ari’s Male Monday Meme and I’m going to try it out today by working with my readers to identify POC males who write for middle school boys. It’s turning into a challenging start!  I do find that middle school boys probably have the most eclectic taste in reading on the […]

book review: Ninth Ward

August 29, 2010


book review:  Ninth Ward author: Jewell Parker Rhodes publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; August 16, 2010 main character: Lanesha middle grade fiction synopsis: Abandoned by her peers because of her ability to see spirits, Lanesha longs for connection despite the strong love of her adopted grandmother, Mama Ya-Ya. As hurricane Katrina approaches and […]


August 29, 2010


Things that have perplexed me this week: Glen Beck intense coverage of Hurricane Katrina, but not the flooding in Pakistan oil spill? what oil spill? why I cannot win at Words with Friends judging for the Cybils educators who don’t know Powerpoint school restructuring and what really needs to change to create effective urban high […]

Giving Up!

August 28, 2010

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I’m complaining about 90 degrees again with no rain in site, yet I’ll get my errands done while driving in my air conditioned car to buy whatever food I want to eat and return to my air conditioned home to read, watch television and wash and dry clothes in machines. Perhaps I’ll meet my sister […]


August 22, 2010


I think we spend so many years in school that as fall rolls around, we feel like we should be beginning something.  I remember years ago when I stayed at home with my children, I felt that way in the fall. It was unsettling until I realized why I felt the urge to do something […]

Minority Scholarships

August 16, 2010


Please contact the school or association if you are interested in any of the follow scholarships as I don’t have any further information on them. Scholarships for Minority Women Actuary Scholarships for Minority Students American Chemical Society Scholarships American Geological Institute Minority Geoscience Student Scholarship American Institute of Certified Public Accountants American Political Science Association […]


August 15, 2010


Not a bad week, not at all! I’ve been reading The Last Summer of Death Warriors. I’ve been reading it real slow as school increases the pace of life around me and I’ve been reading it slowly not wanting to finish it. The books reminds me so much of A Prayer for Owen Meany, one […]

Borders, Blinders and Bias

August 13, 2010


I think it’s interesting how so many people have suddenly discovered the topic of race. I also think it’s interesting how few people can discuss the topic of race these days without invoking the name of our latest president. CNN does a lot of series that focus on race the most recent being “Children and […]

Help for School Libraries may be Near

August 12, 2010

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For Immediate Release August 10, 2010 Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 1586, a $26-billion state aid package intended to prevent layoffs of educators and other state and local government workers with a vote of 247-161, sending the bill to the president for his signature. $10 billion will go specifically […]