Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Thank you Ann

Several years ago one of my students suggested I read 'The Kite Runner'.  I told her I would read it since she liked it so much and suggested it.  I started reading it a couple weeks later. I couldn't focus so I just quit reading it.  About a month later , Ann (that's my former' student's name) asked me if I read the book, I gave her a lame excuse and then admitted I had a difficult time following the characters.  Ann responded by making me a book mark with all the character's names and a description of their role in the story.  She said, "there that will help you keep track of the characters."  I still didn't read the book. I saw Ann again over the holidays this year.  She was home from Ohio University wanting to share the good news about her upcoming internship in New York City. She asked me if I had ever read 'The Kite Runner'. I had to embarrassingly admit to her that I had not read the book.

It's been about three years since she suggested I read 'The Kite Runner,' maybe more.  But, two weeks ago I picked up my copy of 'The Kite Runner,' opened the pages, grabbed my bookmark with the character's names on it and started reading.  This time it just flowed. Page after the page the book just evaporated in front of me. The story of Amir had my full attention.  There were several times I didn't like Amir but I could feel Amir's agony.  I would put the book down and I just wanted to grab it again and finish reading. Today, Ann, I finished 'The Kite Runner.' You were right, it is an amazing book. The author painted such a vivid picture of life in Afghanistan, culture, social class, food, recreation, family structure - and of course the tale of Amir, Hassan and Baba.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I appreciate Ann for staying on me to read the book and especially for her bookmark entitled "MR. CONNER'S GUIDE TO 'THE KITE RUNNER'"

Thursday, January 21, 2016

What's your opinion on Making a Murderer?

Just about everyone is getting in on the "Making a Murderer" talk and if they're not they've probably at least heard about it.  I'm not going to go into a long description of the case.  If you're interested in watching the series you can find it on Netflix.  You can also get the first episode on YouTube.  The internet is flooded with radio talk shows, podcasts, stories, etc. with opinions, lost evidence, mystery suspects.

Nancy Grace has issued her opinion on the case, Dr. Phil issued his opinion on the case (even though his opinion sounded like he had relied on the research of some production intern). I've heard better opinions from high school students.

The Chronicle staff and some of MBC multimedia reporters are working hard to get Local 12 reporter Angenette Levy to visit our class to talk about the case.  Levy was a reporter covering the case back in 2005 for WFRV-TV, Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The documentary is popular and has raised many questions about bias, objectivity, etc.  It's also interesting how this documentary has sparked so much talk in the criminal justice system.

Here's some great articles about Levy's experience covering the trial.  She doesn't show up much in the documentary but she seems to have captured the attention of the documentarian's cameras while covering the trial as part of the press corp.




Angenette wasn't the only reporter covering the case but it seems like she's captured the nation's attention as well.  She is a very intelligent reporter and has carved out a niche in the Cincinnati market.  She covers crime and trial related news quite well.  I bet she never thought she would be getting this kind of attention from covering a case.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Another family calls MBC, The Chronicle home

I've had the good fortune of having several family lines join The Chronicle or MBC staff.  Whether it's the DeLotells, the Geigers, the Raghavendrans, the Howards or a host of other clans it's been an enjoyable part of my role as a teacher, advisor, and of course award winning blogger to get to know these families.  I've also had the chance to watch them graduate from high school, go onto college, become professionals, and even parents.  That's really pretty cool.  Last week I got the chance to hang out with another set of siblings. Lindsay McCalmont (Chronicle class of 2014) and her sassy sisters Kylie and Shannon.  Lindsay is currently a sophomore at Ohio State, Kylie (MBC staff and Chronicle sports editor) is a senior at MHS, and Shannon (MBC staff) a sophomore at MHS.  They've informed there are still McCalmonts to come so who knows I might get some more down the road.