Beyond Boundaries · Essays and tidbits from Nancy Bo Flood

Irving Berlin Stamp

No-Name Baby features big-name song

November 10, 2015

When is a song something more? Sometimes, music can unlock memories. Main character Sophie discovers Alexander’s Ragtime Band is a link to the past for Aunt Rae. Writer Irving Berlin earned his first hit with the song in 1911. Berlin, like the family in No-Name Baby, had roots in another country. He emigrated from Russia…

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Rain’s surprise role in water pollution

November 5, 2015

When rain falls on concrete, asphalt, tilled fields or barren soil, it is immediately recycled as surface water; there is no time for cleaning. Currently, the biggest contributor to pollution in the United States is run-off water carrying herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers from yards and fields.

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Cowboy Up! by Nancy Bo Flood

Pleased to meet you, Farmington

November 3, 2015

The public library of Farmington, New Mexico has deemed me their “star author” for Nov. 2-3. A library presentation for parents and teachers, followed by workshops at McCormick Elementary and Ojo Amarillo School, are filling my days with delight.

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water is water

Savoring Miranda Paul’s refreshing water book

October 29, 2015

I’m pleased to have Miranda Paul on my water team. She has written Water is Water. This is an excellent picture book, beautifully illustrated by Jason Chin. This title will engage the very young or early reader, showing the big picture of the water cycle. See what other reviewers are saying about the book.

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Going out costs a lot (of water)

October 27, 2015

A lot of water is necessary to manufacture “things,” such as the shirt you are wearing. That shirt? About 700 gallons. How much water does it take to make a hamburger? Try 4,000 to 18,000 gallons for one thick, juicy hamburger. How much water would you carry to eat one hamburger? (p. 47, Water Runs…

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Happy birthday, Clean Water Act!

October 22, 2015

America celebrated an important birthday this week. The Clean Water Act turned 43. Essentially, the law said water belonged to everyone. Public waterways couldn’t be used by businesses as liquid garbage dumps any more. America’s waterways found incredible bipartisan support in Congress. The Act passed the Senate without a single vote against it. The House…

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The USBBY ‘war panel’ spoke for peace

October 20, 2015

This smiling trio might be named “the war panel.”  Nancy Bo Flood, Lyn Miller-Lachman, and Terry Farish presented different perspectives about three war situations and the disconnecting effects on children here in America, as well as the over forty million children now living as refugees.  One step toward healing from war is telling one’s story…

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water fountain girl

Talking about why water matters

October 15, 2015

Sharing water. Sharing ideas. Read Water Runs Through This Book, then check out these questions. When you’re discussing this book, you’re discussing our future.

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carrying water

Water on your head? An umbrella won’t help here

October 13, 2015

One gallon of water weighs 8.3 pounds (3.76 kg). Hold that on top of your head and walk around for a few hours. Not fun! How much water would you use if you had to carry every drop? (page 40, from Water Runs Through This Book)

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Water of all temperatures chills us out

October 6, 2015

New studies show that our brain neurons are “hardwired” to respond to the sounds, smells, and feel of water. Relax in a hot bath, splash through a puddle, sit by a bubbling stream—your brain waves will show the calming effect of being near water. (From page 10, Water Runs Through This Book)

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Turning fog into much-needed water

September 29, 2015

People who live in the driest desert on earth use huge nets to catch fog and “harvest” water. The Atacama in Chile is an “absolute desert,” but over one million people live there, grow food, and survive by capturing the moisture in fog.

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tennis shoes

How much water do you use daily?

September 24, 2015

Most people in the United States use about 100 gallons of water each day. People who do not have “running water” use less than five gallons of water a day. Every gallon must be carried. One gallon of water weighs 8.3 pounds. How much water would you use if you had to carry every drop?…

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Counting your blessings, drop by drop

September 22, 2015

What if you turned on the faucet—and nothing came out? Flush the toilet. No water there either. Hmmm. . . Try all the faucets in the house and school. Nothing! Where will you go to get a drink? Or wash your hands? Where does your water come from?

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Apache girl balances water basket on head

Taking the too-long walk for water

September 17, 2015

Add up all the miles women and children in South Africa walk. For water. Every day. Sixteen trips to the moon and back, Every day, For water. from page 41, Water Runs Through This Book, by Nancy Bo Flood)

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Watersheds: the neighborhoods built around moisture

September 15, 2015

Rain falls, washes into streams or soaks into the earth, and joins with water from many places to support an environmental community, a watershed. A watershed includes all the plants, animals—from dragonflies to grizzly bears—and people that depend on the moisture that falls or flows in one area. (From page 32, Water Runs Through This…

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mountain stream

Blood in our veins, water in our world: life’s two connectors

September 10, 2015

Imagining our bodies as a biological watershed helps us understand the importance of each part of an environmental watershed. Water, not blood, is the main “connector.” (from page 32, Water Runs Through This Book, by Nancy Bo Flood)

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Nature’s trickle-down remedy to water pollution

September 8, 2015

Water that falls on forests, parks, or live vegetation, soaks slowly into the earth. It often takes years before this water becomes part of the surface water again. During those years of trickling through layers of vegetation and earth, water is being “scrubbed clean.”

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Every water journey begins with one step

September 3, 2015

How are glaciers made? I tell how in my poem that begins: Capture one Snowflake. —from Chapter Five (page 27),  Water Runs Through This Book, by Nancy Bo Flood

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Old Faithful

Is there anything ever-changing water can’t do?

September 1, 2015

  Water is ever-changing as it runs through, disappears, collects, and evaporates. Water freezes into glaciers, falls as a snowflake, drips from an icicle. Water stirs a spring seedling into life, drowns a delta or quenches our thirst.

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Hydrologists look deep inside, finding ancient water in unlikely places

August 25, 2015

Now imagine you are looking DOWN, deep in the earth, at least several hundred feet. Beneath the surface of our western deserts, hydrologists have found pockets of ancient water – water trapped during the last ice age.

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Wouldn’t you like a nice, WARM drink of water? Try it. It’s good for you!

August 20, 2015

Water helps us cool down when we get too hot. Drinking a warm glass of water energizes, soothes a headache, and can relieve asthma. How does warm water help you cool down?

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It’s all right to cry, flamingo

August 18, 2015

Flamingos are one of the few land creatures that can drink salt water and live. That is because they excrete (get rid of) the deadly salt by crying. Flamingos cry salty tears. Water and salty tears keep them alive and healthy.

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An ode to teardrops

August 13, 2015

When Water Weeps Drops Falling From my eyes Flow down my face This is how I say   I care

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Prune People? Raisin Kids? Water protects us

August 11, 2015

The water inside you is salty, like ocean water. And if this water dries up, what a life-less prune-person, raisin-kid, mummy-man you would become!

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