February 10th, 2015 by Lee Hall

going all literary…

April 23rd, 2017 by jmayfield

two of them qualify for uppity literary…

“open” – great biography – story of andre agassi – just told in a compelling way – i’m not a huge tennis person, but there were lots of lessons in the book that make it great for gifted

“running full tilt” – new YA title – and it involves a track and xc season so you know i’d push for it – i think most kids would enjoy it – even new to running – definitely recommendable

“run with me” – new YA non-fiction – sonya richards-ross – great track star – great story as well – her peaks and valleys – and the strategy she’s used to overcome – very recommendable

“pride and prejudice – liked it much better than i did in high school – i remembered far more than i figured i would – the question now is whether or not i read the zombie spin-off – i’m not sure i loved it that much

“the handmaid’s tale – i tried – i really did – to read my feminist sci-fi warning of today’s world – i failed totally in my attempt to appreciate it – again, i tried – but not my cup of tea – at all:)


CMS Blooper Show

April 18th, 2017 by jmayfield

Gifted in Space: The Blackout

April 10th, 2017 by jmayfield

Moonshine Tryouts at CMS

April 7th, 2017 by jmayfield

spring break catch up

March 30th, 2017 by jmayfield

“dick allen” – just in time for baseball, a book about a 1970s player – even better, a white sox guy – good book to read and talk about with my dad

“my cubs” – just in time for baseball:) a great and highly recommendable book about the Cubs – and what made last year so special

“shakespeare for freedom” – just in time for… i dunno – anyway, way over my head – but i picked up a couple of things about the concepts that i can adapt to middle school – i can’t emphasize how little i think i know about shakespeare after reading this book:)

“norse mythology” – highly recommendable book – currently a fiction bestseller – by neil gaiman – retelling old norse legends – loki was a troubled one…

“to sparta” – great book about the marathon – and the runner who delivered the message – and the problems of greece today


The Fault in Our Fairies at CMS

March 16th, 2017 by jmayfield

catching up on the reading

March 14th, 2017 by jmayfield

“between heaven and the real world” – my favorite recording artist of all time – steven curtis chapman – great book – encouraging book – sad book – but i read it really quickly – and was encouraged in my faith

“running with the raven” – there’s a guy in miami who has run for 40 years in a row – amazing streak – the same road – same eight miles – for 40 years – good story about something unusual – although just maddeningly consistent

“boys in the boat” – great book – like unbroken – about 10 years before unbroken – story of washington rowing – and how the university rowed and won gold in berlin – the story of the boys – juxtaposed by the rise of nazi germany – great book

“i don’t wait anymore” – by a friend of mine – strange experience to read

“the middle school rules of jamaal charles” – great book – charles has an amazing story that is in a readable form – very recommendable to young boys everywhere

Puck the Fairy: Read Across America

March 1st, 2017 by jmayfield

catching up on reading…

March 1st, 2017 by jmayfield

“the gatekeepers” – great book – about white house chiefs of staff – through the years – from nixon’s guy to obama’s last one – in today’s political environment, highly recommended

“tears we cannot stop: a sermon to white america” – sad book – good book – i don’t think anyone else will read it but me around here – but i learned a lot and it made me think – hopefully, i act in a better way b/c of it

“city of the monkey god” – good book – exciting book – about finding an ancient civilization in central america – adventure/non-fiction

“das reboot” – book about the rise of german soccer – great book about how to continue success – i saw parallels between alabama football and german soccer – how you keep improving

“how to lose a marathon” – by a simpsons writer – great book – funny book – about the author’s trek to the 2013 NYC marathon – good motivation

“life and adventures of jack engle” – lost book discovered by walt whitman – interesting book – interesting story as to how it got to us – very typical of that era – lots of coincidences that led to the end

The Adventures of Ryder and Mr. Self – Connect 4 and Valentine’s Dance

February 15th, 2017 by jmayfield