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Putting on My Thinking Hat

One of the benefits to working for a university is that we get to take classes at a greatly reduced rate. Not only can we take classes, but we can take them while “on the clock” so to speak.

I couldn’t take any classes last semester because of furloughs and our schedules being all funky, but this semester I got the go-ahead. Usually I take something artsy like Photography but this time I signed-up for a contemporary literature class.

This is what we’ll be studying:


Atonement Book Cover

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Middlesex Book Cover

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

More Stories We Tell Book Cover

More Stories We Tell: The Best Contemporary Short Stories by Women by Wendy Martin

Proof Cover

Proof: A Play by David Auburn

I’ve read Atonement before (and liked it plenty too).  The others are new to me. I can’t tell you how excited I am about reading these. I like that the professor included a play in the mix and the short story collection, written by women is a real perk. I don’t read enough short fiction.

So on August 23rd, I’ll be carrying a brand new notebook, a couple of very sharp #2 pencils and hitting the books. I’m taking it for credit/no credit so there shouldn’t be any pressure, just pure reading fun. Hopefully I’ll have some good discussions to share with you here.

Mystery Book Report

In a previous post, I mentioned that my son had an interesting book report project. He had to choose a mystery and then act it out with friends and family. That meant that we had to stage scenes, dress-up, etc. I was originally slated to be the “Gypsy” but my daughter wanted to get in on the act so I dodged that bullet.

He chose Fall Of The Amazing Zalindas, by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin. It is Casebook #1 of the Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars series. He loved it. Check out some of the pics. I printed them in “sepia” tones but to share…I’ll use the color pics:

The Gypsy

The Dead Tightrope Walker

(okay, he is wearing an old Halloween costume but it works)

Sherlock Holmes
(my husband does not look like him and even has a beard so a shadow profile works here)

My son is 10 years old and he really enjoyed the story. I’m glad that his teacher made the project fun. There are lots more pics and now he has to put them together on a display board but overall, it was a fun project and it made reading fun!