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Black Authors Matter

As we confront news stories that shock and dishearten us, I am often at a loss for any appropriate words.  I am choosing to use this space and my voice to list just a few amazing black authors that I hope you will consider reading.  Spread peace, spread literature, spread understanding. 

1.  Helen Oyeyemi

Get Your Independence Day Books!

We are already coming up on the 4th of July!  Time to celebrate some independence!  I think one of the best ways to appreciate this holiday is to take time to know more about our history and to read work that challenges us to grow and mature as citizens.  Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

1.  Lies My Teacher Told Me:  Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen

Pride Month

I had planned to post a list of books you might be interested in checking out for Pride month, but I have been at a loss for words after the recent mass shooting.  The tragedy that occurred in Orlando has weighed on my mind and I felt that I could not post my typical kind of humorous chatter.  I will again, of course.  It is a part of who I am.  But the LGBTQ community is a part of who I am as well.  I'm not going to address the shooting in this blog.  If you are curious about my thoughts on that topic, I have already commented on it in my author's blog: www.ty

Grit - What exactly is it?

At the forefront of education debates as we head into the summer is the subject of Grit.  The debate has been polarizing (is there any topic not polarizing anymore?) among the education community, with avid supporters and detractors alike.  Arguments abound over what Grit actually is, but most break it down by describing it as perseverance. That "don't quit" attitude that we all need to have as we face the inevitable adversities that cross our paths at every stage of life.

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