Beyond Boundaries · Essays and tidbits from Nancy Bo Flood

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ursula Le Guin’s take on Atticus and Scout

August 6, 2015

This quote from Ursula K. Le Guin’s review of Go Set a Watchman intrigued me: “Watchman isn’t free of childishness — its author was still pretty young — but its goals are adult ones: to show how hard it may be for a  daughter to see her father as a fellow human being, and how hard…

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Beyond wet dogs: is there water on Pluto?

August 4, 2015

Water runs through countries, continents, and into oceans. Water creates watersheds, communities, that connect us all. We are linked around the globe from beginning to end by water. Now as we explore the universe for other planets, we search for the presence of water.

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Capturing the look and feel of water, in words and pictures

July 30, 2015

“You are water–at least two-thirds of you. Even your bones! Water in the discs in your backbone give support so you can stand, walk, and run. Your brain is mostly water. If you could count the molecules inside your head, eight out of ten would be water. Water is the liquid medium necessary for many…

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My love letter to water

July 28, 2015

“Water runs through our bodies, brings food and oxygen to our cells, and allows us to breathe, sweat, stand up and move. Then water cleans up, taking away what pollutes and poisons.” Those words, taken from the introduction to my book, Water Runs Through This Book, express the importance of water, that most precious of…

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Meeting author Sonia Manzano, ‘Maria’ from Sesame Street

July 24, 2015

A shining star session at ILA (International Literacy Association) was Sunday’s review of the Notable Books for a Global Society—for two reasons. One was an especially delightful surprise; the second was a stirring and inspiring description of the twenty-five 2015 Notable Books for a Global Society winners. The surprise speaker was Sonia Manzano and you…

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Welcome to Saipan, birthplace of Warriors

July 14, 2015

I spent seven years living and teaching on an island most of my friends and relatives had never heard of. Have you? Welcome to Saipan.

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