Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner


Beer: Nooner Pilsner Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Source:  Can Rating: *** (7.7 of 10) Comments:  Pours a clear, golden color with lots of bubbles and a frothy head.  It offer a classic pilsner scent and taste, grainy with grass and lemons and hints of spice.  Very malty with a crisp aftertaste.   The beer…

Movie Review: View from the Top (2003)


Title:  View from the Top Release Date: 2003 Director: Bruno Barreto Summary/Review: I was in the mood for something dumb, and saw this listed on Netflix and thought it might fill the bill.  It’s story about Donna, a young woman from a small town who dreams of getting out and decides to become a flight…

Book Review: Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen


Author: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen Title: Lumberjanes Publication Info: Los Angeles : Boom!, 2015. Summary/Review: This clever comic is about five misfits at a scout camp who keep stumbling upon mythical and supernatural beings when they venture into the woods. They are funny and resourceful and I look forward to more adventures.  Rating: ***

Book Review: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald


Author: Helen Macdonald Title: H is for Hawk Narrators: Helen Macdonald Publication Info: Blackstone Audio, Inc. (2015) Summary/Review: After the death of her father, Macdonald works through her grief by adopting and training a young goshawk, Mabel whom she calls “Thirty Ounces of Death in a Feathered Jacket.” This lyrical book is part memoir and…

Book Review: The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness by Michelle Alexander


Author: Michelle Alexander Title:The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness Publication Info: New York : [Jackson, Tenn.] : New Press ; Distributed by Perseus Distribution, 2010. Summary/Review: Alexander’s book demonstrates how mass incarceration  in the United States has succeeded slavery and Jim Crow segregation in creating inequality and an undercaste…

Movie Review: Waking Ned Devine (1998)


Title: Waking Ned Devine Release Date: 1998 Director: Kirk Jones Summary/Review: A quirky comedy set in a small, isolated village on the Irish coast, in which two old friends learn that a winning lottery ticket was sold in the village and they scheme to find the winner. They eventually learn that the titular Ned Devine…

Podcast of the Week BONUS: Have You Heard?


There’s a new podcast in my feed from Jennifer Berkshire who blogs about education issues at Edushyster. The podcast is called Have You Heard? and also addresses education issues. The first episode is up and is about African-American parents in Pennsylvania opting their children out of high-stakes testing.