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

Grandma & Archer

Seeing Eyes

October 9, 2012

Today my mom is having cataract surgery. “A simple procedure, out-patient, and takes only an hour or so. Afterwards a few days of patching, frequent drops, no lifting heavy objects. Done. She will be able to see nearly normal again.” But it is not a simple procedure, to see again. When our family was on…

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kona sunset by Nancy Bo Flood

Sunrise and Sunset

June 8, 2012

Driving Mom home at sunset, we stopped the car by the beach. Near the water’s edge sat an old couple. As the red ball of sun began to slip behind the sea, the husband helped his wife stand up, then put an arm around her. And then the sun was gone. Thursday, June 7, 2012…

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Sand to Stone and Back Again by Nancy Bo Flood

Heart, You’ve Got to Have Heart

June 7, 2012

But, you may argue, I am writing a nonfiction nature book…or a fantasy…or picture-book biography. It doesn’t matter. If you want your reader to keep turning the pages and at the end, thumb back through the book, your manuscript must have heart. Emotion. Emotion means connection between information, meaning and the reader. In other words,…

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Alice Coachman

Read a Book with Your Child this Summer

May 18, 2012

Read a book with your child this summer – every day, enjoy book-time! Think about chosing a few picture-book biographies to look at together, no matter how old your child is. Try biographies about people you haven’t heard of or people you know almost nothing about, especially people from other countries, ethnicities or eras than…

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wild things

On Sendak and Wild Things: Readerkidz Remembers a Giant

May 11, 2012

Originally published at readerkidz.com. Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) Readerkidz Deb Gonzales says: “Years ago, I directed a large summer arts camp for kids ages 3 to 10, the theme of which was “Let the Rumpus Begin!” For the program finale we performed a play based on Where the Wild…

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The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

Sitting Down to Write is Just Plain Hard

April 26, 2012

Writing is fulfilling and soul-feeding – but it’s also just plain hard.  Each time I sit down to write, I feel I am leaping off a cliff only to land in a murky current of self-doubt:  Why do I think I can do this? And why does it take so LONG?! It’s daunting!  The sheer amount of…

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Nancy Bo Flood

Why I Teach

March 23, 2009

Who Are These People?  Who Are These Online Students? “I am leaving the country today and I will not have access to Internet until Wednesday or Thursday of next week.  If I can I will definitely chime in on discussion threads.” I had not heard from this student for over ten days.  His work had…

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Nancy Bo Flood

Desert Wind, Spring Wind

March 11, 2009

Listen to a performance Desert Wind, Spring Wind by Bo Flood, at www.cricketmagkids.com Performed by Pablo R., Dana R., Rebecca O., and Jon R. A performance poem in two voices, published in Cricket Magazine, March/April 2009

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