Russia & Ukraine: What’s Going On?

ImageAre you interested in finding out more about the crisis in Ukraine?

Where in the world is the Crimea?  Is the Cold War coming back?  You are invited to a roundtable discussion in the front of the US Library with members of our History Department on Thursday, March 13th during Co-curricular.  Pull up a chair and join us!  All Catlin students and adults are invited.

-Sue

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Feed Your Brain Over Spring Break!

Whether you’re flying away to a warm place for Spring Break, or plan to watch the daffodils flower under grey Portland skies, we think you’ll enjoy your time off more if you have a few books to read.

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Our Portlandia
What is it about our rain and fog that engenders so much good writing?  Check out Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson.  It was made into a movie by Gus VanSant.  There’s the three part Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy of the Decemberists.  The newest is Wildwood Imperium.  If you prefer history, how about Sweet Cakes, Long Journey, The Chinatowns of Portland, Oregon, by Marie Wong, or The Portland Red Guide:  Sites and Stories of Our Radical Past, by Michael Munk.  For adventuring, either active or the armchair variety, read Chuck Palahniuk’s saucy Fugitives & Refugees:  A Walk in Portland, Oregon, or Portland Forest Hikes, by Catlin parent James Thayer.

Tearjerkers
Sometimes it’s good to let an author shake your emotions like a Raggedy Ann.  Have we got a book for you!  The Fault in our Stars by John Green is a student favorite, and Blue Nights by Joan Didion will make parents sniffle and wonder about their lives.  Try Ian McEwan’s Atonement for a powerfully heartbreaking novel.

Coming up next:

Nerds Throughout the Ages:  some recommended sci/tech titles, and
Tougher Than You:  books with powerful women and girls as main characters.

Happy spring break!

-Sue

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