Sunday, October 27, 2013

Now the ugliness comes...

The latest: after I told a hostile student that he could no longer sit at a computer, he rapped with these ending words--hag, bag, nag. He intended me to hear. Also, he and/or his friends left seven chip bags all around his seating area, plus paper and 2 broken pencils. What is he telling me? Yes, yes, I know--utter disdain and disrespect.

A hostile female student whipped out a blue and white bandana and tied it around her head after arriving in class. I asked if it was permissible to wear (I am so ignorant, or I was until Friday). She said no, and a student behind her, said no, because it was gang colors. So, OK, I'm getting gang messages now? I've sent this girl out of class three times--and NOTHING happens to her.

On Thursday and Friday my car was vandalized, the first time someone jammed a knife into the windshield, sending a foot-long crack diagonally across the driver's side viewing area. On the next day my driver's side rear-view mirror was jerked all the way out of whack, with the intent, I figure, of breaking it off.

So, what plan of action should I take? I'm working on that today....

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A favorite souvenir
These are my two girls from Ireland!

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Books on my very ambitious TBR list (*denotes read)

  • *Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox
  • The Odd Women by George Gissing
  • The Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson
  • How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell
  • The Cod Tale by Mark Kurlansky
  • In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
  • *Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
  • Dag Hammarskjold by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery
  • The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Rabbi Michael L. Munk
  • Children of Strangers by Lyle Saxon
  • Spiritual Writings by Flannery O'Connor
  • Nightmares and Visions: Flannery O'Connor and the Catholic Grotesque by Gilbert H. Muller
  • The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
  • Flannery O'Connor's South by Robert Coles
  • Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
  • Sylvanus Now by Donna Morrissey
  • *Vincent de Paul by Margaret Ann Hubbard
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
  • Readicide by Kelly Gallagher
  • *Ruined by Paula Morris
  • Say You're Not One of Them by Uwem Akpan
  • Wandering Star by J.M.G. Le Clezio
  • Silence by Shusaku Endo
  • *The Assault by Harry Mulisch
  • Kari's Saga by Robert Jansson
  • *The German Mujahid by Boualem Sansal
  • Western Skies by Joseph Conrad
  • *The Giver by Lois Lowery
  • *Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski

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A semester course in one book about the Soviet Union. Click on image for my review.