Beyond Boundaries · Essays and Tidbits From Nancy Bo Flood

I Will Dance

Celebrating I Will Dance

May 26, 2020

I Will Dance celebrates the joy of dancing, the importance of belonging, and the determination of Eva, a child who could barely move but dreamed of dancing … not imagine, not pretend, and not alone.

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Amsterdam war memorial

Never Again

March 3, 2020

NEVER AGAIN—the cry of survivors of the Holocaust NEVER AGAIN—continues to echo across Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, and on and on Last fall when I first began biking from Belgium…

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Rights of Children: Education

February 4, 2020

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela Yes, education is power. All children have the right to go to school. All…

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Not Allowed

January 28, 2020

Last week  I introduced The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This astounding document lists thirty basic rights promised to children everywhere.  Today lets look more closely at several of these…

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We Are All Born Free

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures

January 21, 2020

On December 17th, I introduced to my readers the visionary document, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I asked, “What if during this holiday time of gifts and family, food…

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I Am a Bear

The Silence of Our Friends

January 15, 2020

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I often re-read these words spoken by…

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World Day of Peace

January 7, 2020

World Day of Peace is remembered … celebrated … imagined … every  January 1st. January 1, 2020, this new decade began with a World Day of Peace. I took out…

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Marilyn Dumont poem

Many Ways We Tell Our Stories: Poetry in Public Places

December 24, 2019

An homage to storytelling in Thunder Bay, Ontario, quoting from “The Dimness of Mothers and Daughters,” by Marilyn Dumont. From the plaque (because it may be hard to read): “This…

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food line

Children’s Rights

December 17, 2019

What rights do children have? If you could, what rights would you give to every child—every child—during this sacred time of year? Imagine this, the United Nations in December of…

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“Onward, onward!”

December 3, 2019

I became absorbed with Vincent van Gogh’s paintings at “his” museum in Amsterdam. I had never seen his work close-up in person. Such rich color, such captured energy. And faces…

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Many Ways We Tell Our Stories: The Trees

November 26, 2019

“Sometimes a tree can tell you more than can be read in a book.”  —Carl Jung Do trees make sound? Do they talk amongst themselves? Do they talk to us?…

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Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.

Banned Books,  Banned Topics:
Prayer, still forbidden in children’s literature

September 26, 2019

Times have greatly changed the rules for writing in children’s literature. Sex is okay but periods … maybe. Swearing, exploring gender identity, exploring sexuality – go right ahead. But spirituality? Tip-toe with caution.

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