Showing posts from January, 2011

Things I've been Silent About by Azar Nafisi...a review

I'm reticent to say that I didn't like this book. My concern obviously is that it is hard enough encouraging people to read great books. A negative response makes it that much harder for a book to find an audience that will appreciate it. And so I will, in order to make myself feel better, provide a little background and say that I absolutely fell in love with this author when I read Reading Lolita in Tehran. This book actually held its position as my number one favorite read for over a year. Nafisi is such a meticulously detailed writer. The irony is that I wholeheartedly enjoyed this aspect while immersed in Reading Lolita in Tehran, but found myself dreading, so sad, reading Things I've been Silent About for the very same characteristic.
I felt bogged down a good majority of the time while reading Things I've Been Silent About. Over and over again Nafisi mentioned names, events, and political parties in reference to how it affected her own families' situation. An…

1st Annual Desert Decathlon

Event 1- 2 mile Run
Event 2- Around the World x3
Our cheering section-
Event 3- Bocce Ball

Event 4- Tennis

Lunch Break--Philly Cheesesteak Nachos (Tyler's favorite food and my favorite food blended together)

Event 5- Badminton

Event 6- 50 yard swim
Leah also had a personal best in the ChuckIt Championships- Event 7- Bananagrams
Event 8- Tangoes, (was a draw)
Event 9- Jenga

A Brand New Me

O M G! I don't even say shit like this because I think it is quickly deteriorating the English language, but in this case I mean it! I'm so much lighter now, and no, I'm not referring to all of the calorie counting. Our United States Government, specifically the Higher Education Board has, after some six months, accepted my Loan Forgiveness Application. I now owe exactly 5,000 dollars less in student loans!!
This is an excellent opportunity provided to educators with student loans. The program was created to assist those teachers who have taught for at least five years in low socio-economic schools. The amount of assistance varies based on your subject area of expertise as well as what the government deems a high demand subject area. For example, since I am just a plain old English teacher with a Masters Degree in English as a Second Language, the maximum I could apply for was 5,000 dollars. However, teachers in areas such as Special Education can have up to 17,500 dollar…

Truck Balls

Last Saturday morning we left the house in search of a scale. First of all you should know that I have serious reservations about even owning one. They are like watches to me. It isn’t that I don’t see the value. I just don’t need a watch sitting, like a beacon, on my wrist. I go to bed and wake up with a clock on my nightstand. Time noted. I leave my house using one of four clocks to determine my sendoff: the big wall clock, the microwave, the stove, or the computer. Time noted. I drive to work with the time, exactly seven minutes fast, constantly displayed. As soon as I walk in the door at work there is a clock immediately to my right. Time noted. At the gym…a clock, at the pool…a clock, and for all the moments in between I have my cell to tell me the time if I actually make the effort to go in my backpack and pull it out. There is not a moment in my entire day where it is impossible to “figure out” what time it is. Know that I’m not in anyway downplaying a person’s individual needs…

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand a review…

Every time I have attempted to sit down and write about Louis Zamperini’s life, as portrayed by Laura Hillenbrand, I end up completely unhappy with the result. I’ve realized that this is because my words simply can’t detail how completely impressed I am with this man and his experiences. I have decided to just accept my own inadequacies so that I can pass on the idea that everyone should read this book.
Hillenbrand is also the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Seabiscuit, which I have already purchased shortly after beginning Unbroken. Hillenbrand’s writing style is very precise, and very detailed. She has recreated the life of Louis Zamperini so completely it is obvious that she must have fully immersed herself into Zamperini’s life in order to create a story with such specificity. 
Unbroken is an amazing, almost unbelievable, collection of events that Louise Zamperini encountered during his lifetime. When we are introduced to Zamperini he is training to be an Olympic athlete …