Story is a powerful way to build compassion and bridge understanding between cultures. Story has the power to heal as well as teach.

Beyond Boundaries · Essays and tidbits from Nancy Bo Flood

lye soap

Make your own soap

April 26, 2016

In No-Name Baby, Sophie’s family depends on lye soap they make themselves. What was it like to create such a staple before store-sold soap became so common?

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Bill Pickett

Bill Pickett, steer wrestling pioneer

April 21, 2016

In my book Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo, I salute Bill Pickett, the fearless cowboy of Cherokee and African American descent.

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Glenda Armand and Floyd Cooper

Tucson Festival of Books

April 19, 2016

I had a lovely experience again this year at the Tucson Festival of Books. So well organized and so many people to talk with about BOOKS!

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Rose A. Tahe

Remembering Rose A. Tahe

April 14, 2016

I first met Rose when she was a student in a graduate level children’s literature class I was teaching for Northern Arizona University on the Navajo Nation. I wondered why Rose was seeking special certification in reading when she already had her master’s degree and probably was near retirement age.

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Sylvia Vardell and Nancy Bo Flood

Celebrating PLA 2016

April 12, 2016

I had a wonderful time visiting with librarians, the vitality of the book world, and presenting about poetry with Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell. And then there were the other authors I met, the rock stars!

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Welcome to the wide world of cowboy boots

April 5, 2016

Rodeo entrants choose steel-toed cowboy boots for maximum protection against large-hoofed animals. That’s just the start of the many differences in cowboy boots. Different boots are made for different cowboy…

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Hawaii knows rodeo!

March 31, 2016

Ever since writing Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo, I’ve been amazed at discovering so many rodeo hotspots I had never imagined. The 24th  Panaewa Stampede Rodeo graced Hawaii’s Big…

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Jordan ‘Slick’ Phelps is a 2-time champ. No bull!

March 29, 2016

Oglala Sioux Tribal member Jordan “Slick” Phelps is a two-time bull riding world champion. All this by age 19? This competitor started at age FOUR. Cowboy up!  

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