Summer Reading Book #9: Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Image courtesy of clarevanderpool.com

Image courtesy of clarevanderpool.com

Ok so I’m falling short of my goal of reading forty books. In my defense, two of the books I read were on the heavy side-one in terms of the sheer number of pages and one in terms of content. Navigating Early, the latter of the two, is written for junior high students, but it is not your average teen fiction. Clare Vanderpool outdid herself on this one. Her themes are so intricately woven, I may need to read it again before I even attempt to help students navigate it.

Connecting Students and Authors: Featuring Tom Angleberger

Tom Angleberger and Rachel (photo provided by Rachel)

Tom Angleberger and Rachel (photo provided by Rachel)

Joup Interviews: Paul Colilli: Canadian Doctorate, Musician and a Simply Saucer

This intrawebs fascinates me everyday because of the people I come across and what they have done with their lives. Take one Paul Colilli for example whom I had the privilege to interview for Joup. Colilli, recognized in the 70s Canadian Pop Culture with his time with Simply Saucer, boasts a Doctorate Degree in Medieval Italian literature. Now some 40 years after he’s recording music under his self-title. How in the hell did I come across someone like this? I think it’s worth a look-see.


“Hello Chester,

I’m Paul Colilli, a founding member of Simply Saucer…”



Paul, you have my attention.

Chicago Business: Growing a Brand with Vintage Underground

Vintage Underground on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago (photo: Joe Grez)

Vintage Underground on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago (photo: Joe Grez)

Part 2 of 3 of a short series where small business meets new technology. Who benefits and how? Joup uses Vintage Underground as the small business and Reppio.com as the new technology.
Read Part 1 about Reppio.


Chicago, IL – It’s everywhere. It really is. Especially in the Western world and more so in the States. Branding. Time and time again we see a label, phrase or idea associated with countless amount of products and services immediately identifying them for better or for worse. (Wow, sounds like a marriage really.) But you know something? It works…well if done correctly. Research says so:

Summer Reading Book #2: Queen of Water

 

Queen of Water co-author Maria Virginia Farinango (images courtesy of lauraresau.com)

Queen of Water co-author Maria Virginia Farinango (images courtesy of lauraresau.com)

Students often ask me if the story they are reading is real. The humorous part of this is, it doesn’t matter how unrealistic the book is, they will still ask. To them, the lines are so blurred between fact and fiction that it is difficult for them to distinguish between the two. In my second summer reading book, Queen of Water, those lines are blurred so well that even I am curious as to what was real and what was fiction. This novel is based on a true story of an Ecuadorian indegena young woman, the co-author Maria Virginia Farinango, who was handed over to a mestizo family as an indentured servant at the age of seven.

Summer Reading Book #1: Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Average Joe Photography #1: Buddhist Monks in Procession: Tachileik, Myanmar

A Buddhist Monk in serach of an exiliir in Tachileik, Myanmar (Joe Grez / Joup)

A Buddhist Monk in serach of an exiliir in Tachileik, Myanmar (Joe Grez / Joup)

The Premier installment of Joup’s Average Joe Photography. My co-publisher Shawn Baker came up with another great idea (he’s full of’em…really). It started with him asking how I got a certain shots in the Muay Thai pieces I wrote a few months back (Main Gallery). I explained that Muay Thai leads itself to Black and White Photography but how the scenario was tricky to shoot because you have people moving at a fast pace in an outdoor low light situation. And one can’t vary well set up a tripod next to the ring! So I talked with him a bit about using higher ISO with as quick of a shutter speed as I could. And also what I did in post production to present the images in the most true to form as possible.

2 of 41234

EnglishFrenchGermanItalianPortugueseRussianSpanish