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Sunday Salon: October 11, 2020

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz runs The Sunday Salon. 

Books read over the past week:   
  • Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
  • Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and HIstorically Responsive Literacy by Gholdy Muhammad (for work)
  • Class Act by Jerry Craft

Challenge progress 2020

  • Big Summer Book Challenge--5 books total (completed)
  • Literary Escapes Challenge--0 states and 0 countries read this week. 26 states and 27 countries total
  • Mount TBR Challenge--1 book read this week, 66 books total
  • Popsugar reading challenge--1 books read this week, 35 books total
  • Social Justice Challenge--1 book read this month, 12 books total
  • YA Award Winners--0 books read this week, 8 books total

My life outside books:

I finished a course this week through our local community college: Building an Equity Mindset. The second course in the series, Applying an Equity Mindset, begins Monday and I look forward to equally stimulating readings, videos, podcasts, and online discussions as we learn about putting ideas into action.

I've had my flu shot, organized my bathroom drawers (thank you Home Edit), watched some more episodes of Endeavour (Prime Video), and had outside socially-distanced visits with a couple friends outside of work. Not a bad week! My most important task for today is rebooking my flights for next summer... I wonder if the trip will even happen. Our Viking cruise (Paris to Zurich) was cancelled, obviously, but we rebooked it for next summer so just need to set up the flights.

I did not watch the VP debate. I know who I am voting for, I feel uncomfortable watching those debates, and so I excused myself and read instead. I caught up on all the important bits via Twitter. I did take my parents' and my ballots to our local ballot drop box, which felt good and I talked my daughter through voting in her first presidential election via Facetime. We have 15 propositions in California this year, many of which are really important (more money for schools, ex-felons voting, reinstating affirmative action, and allowing 17 year olds to vote in primaries if they'll be 18 in the General Election).

This week was filled with after work union zoom meetings to hear concerns from our members. It is tiring, but so worth it! Things are getting tense in our district as Tuesday night the school Board will decide the dates we return to in-person teaching in a hybrid model. Teachers know that hybrid teaching may be even more work than full remote so there is a lot of stress out there right now. My guess is that elementary will go back November 9 but secondary will wait until the semester break on January 19.

I hope you and your family and friends are doing well, staying healthy and sane as we enter month 8 of this pandemic.

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