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Back to Work 2020: CHS Library Updates

 This is my final weekend of summer before heading into work for professional development. I did work a few days this past week, checking in items from last school year and preparing new textbooks for this school year. I really can't get into the library itself because of a major remodel taking place. Here are some photos I took before leaving for the summer break: Old circulation desk was here Here are some photos provided by the contractor from a few weeks back: You can see the CHS Library will have a new, updated look. I look forward  to sharing all of the after photos when the project is complete. It should be a great space for CHS students and staff to learn and work together. I am currently writing out some notes for a post for next week about my feelings on returning to in-person education during the Covid era. It is not something I want to just throw together and I want to make sure I really take time to organize my thoughts. Here is a little preview....I am very excited to

August 2020 Read of the Month

 Before, when I was on a regular writing routine I would share my monthly "Read of the Month." I would usually write two posts. One post to introduce the book and then another post later in the month with my review of the book. Since I am back on a regular writing routine I thought it was best to bring back my "Book of the Month" posts as well. This month I will be reading The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy . This "true crime" genre book is authored by Masha Gessen  a writer for The New Yorker  and author of eleven books. This book tells the story of brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and their despicable crime (exploding two homemade bombs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon). My August 2020 Read of the Month I selected this title because bombing was fresh in my mind after reading that an appeals court had recently thrown out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence for his role in the 2013 bombing. I actually forgot that one of the

Law and Order Ranking: The Order

 Last week I ranked "The Law" side of one of my favorite television programs of all time, Law and Order.  This week I will review the cast that made up the district attorney's office, or the "Order" side of things. This entry will be much more difficult. I did not find ranking the detectives to be that difficult last week. I had a clear number one and two, and had no problem ranking the detectives from six through eleven. I just had to really think when ranking three, four, and five. Ranking the lawyers is going to be quite difficult. Heck, I think all three of the assistant district attorneys were amazing, I really wish I could rank each of them as number one....but I will not because that is quite lame. This is the same disclaimer from the last post, but I feel I should make it clear again: Disclaimers: This is just my opinion as a long-time fan of the show. Just because someone is lower in the rankings does not mean they were "bad," it just means ot

Law and Order Ranking: The Law

 I set some goals for myself for my 2020 - 2021 work year and one of them is to write more often. I have always been writing, whether in my journal(s), a book I started long ago, or just random notes/thoughts here or there. By holding myself to a goal of publishing here once per week, I hope to start a more consistent writing pattern (just like I have been able to do with my daily walks with my dog Ella.) This spring/summer I spent a lot of my time watching episodes of one of my favorite television shows of all time,  Law and Order , the original. The best writers write about what they know....and I know quite a bit of Law and Order. I watch and/or record episodes whenever they appear on my tv (which is often thanks to ION, Sundance, and WE tv available on my Comcast "dial.") Since I enjoy the show so much, why not take the time to rank the characters?  Disclaimers: This is just my opinion as a long-time fan of the show. Just because someone is lower in the rankings does not