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It’s Friday! And as expected, Wednesday’s chemotherapy has me ALL OVER THE PLACE. No. I have not been able to pick up a boohoo book yet – that includes audio, digital, you name it.  It’s almost like my brain’s on strike :(  But I have been scouring the web for some educational updates to get US ready for the fall. Here are this week’s roundup:

*Just Added* Northwest Teachers for Social Justice Conference, October 1, 2011 in Seattle, WA (comes via Craig Seasholes)

A Celebration! Diversity in YA Fiction

Diversify Your Summer Reading Challenge! [Have you checked this out?!  It’s not too late to participate!] If you’re a librarian, head on over to visit and fill out this form. Tell ’em Amy sent ya’! :)


Educational Consultant, Dr. Monica Hayes

My darling cousin and Health Care/Education Consultant and Motivational Speaker (she does it all), Dr. Monica Benjamin Hayes, sent me some interesting articles and updates on the Hispanic STEM Initiative:

In What World Are Trainee Teachers ‘Highly Qualified’? In Mine  By Candice Johnson

Candice’s article reminded me of my own college experience, when being less than academically prepared, had it’s financial drawbacks – having to take remedial math classes and the like.  Times sure have NOT changed!  “In May, I traveled from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., for the first time in my life. It was exciting to visit the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. But I wasn’t there to go sightseeing. I was there to ask my elected representatives why students at our country’s most challenged high schools are being taught by unqualified teachers, and why Congress is letting this happen.” (comes via Education Week by Candice Johnson)

Conference/Event, Theme, and Venue


Sept. 25-Oct 1

Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week, “A decade of Innovation: Pushing Frontiers, Inspiring Future Leaders” at The University of Texas-Pan American

Edinburg, TX

Oct. 5-8

Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) Symposium 2011, “Building Bridges Together” at the Oakland Marriott Hotel

Oakland, CA

Oct. 6-8

Great Minds in STEM’s 23RD Annual HENAAC Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL

Oct. 12-15

Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators’ (ALAS) 8th Annual  Summit on Hispanic Education at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel

San Francisco, CA

Oct. 26-30

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE/AHETEMS) Conference 2011, at the Anaheim Convention Center

Anaheim, CA

Oct. 27-30

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference, “Empowering Innovation and Synergy Through Diversity” at the San Jose Convention Center

San Jose, CA

Nov. 5-6

Second Annual MAES Texas Science and Engineering Festival at the Austin Convention Center

NEXT: The awesome arteest, Jerry Craft, always has interesting Facebook updates. Here’s one from yesterday.

Check out Ann Brown’s article on Black Comic Book creators in the Network Journal.

African-Americans in the comics industry may be a rare concept, but they are making more than a little noise. In fact, while their contributions may go unnoticed by the general public, they have helped changed the face of the field. According to Alex Simmons, things have improved a great deal. “Thi…
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This photo was taken after chemo#2 - Doctors were right. The hair came out and it was TRAUMATIC! I'm better now. IT WILL GROW BACK. There's strength in letting go.

NOW THE FUN! Summer Scarf Contest#6? Rank me from 1-5

This is a photo from Wednesday, August 3rd’s, chemotherapy treatment. It was ABSOLUTE  H***!  Thankfully, my friend Glenna and sister, Joanne, were with me the entire time.

To offset all these crazy side effects, I have found that running and brisk walking are most helpful (and reading your comments of course).  Plus, my daughter and I are going to be running in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in September. Here’s her pledge page, which makes me misty.

This self-taken photo was on the Tuesday before Aug 3rd's chemo. My friend Kathleen and I went walking around the Central Park Reservoir.

Whew! All in one week! Enough about me. How was your week? I’d love to hear how your summer is taking off.


  1. bherrera says:

    The scarf gets a four from me. The chemo threatment gets a 0! And you will be able to start concentrating again, believe me. I was also unable to read a complete sentence without losing my concentration when I was very sick, but now I am back to reading everything in sight. Thinking of you as you follow the road back to good health.

  2. Thank you, Beverly. I like this scarf, too. It’s definitely cooler than the red one. *eggadds* what was I thinking.
    I can read in dribs and drabs and then I wander. This post took me hours to write!
    I’m definitely on the road to good health and I hope you are doing well, too. I think of you often.


  3. bherrera says:

    Exercise, family, friends and persistence help us through the toughest times, and you have all four. And your posts are informative, interesting and often intriguing. Thanks, and I check daily for your updates.

  4. You might add from the upper left hand corner of the map:

    Northwest Teachers for Social Justice Conference, October 1, 2011 in Seattle, WA

  5. Will do! Thanks, Craig! Keep me posted on any other upcoming events. :)