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

A whole town made of sandstone?

January 14, 2016

Anyone who ever watched the cartoon The Flintstones knows that everything in the town was made of rock.How about Sandstone, Minnesota?Not quite. However, the town was named after the sandstone…

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A candy cane you’ll never be able to eat

January 12, 2016

In Sand to Stone and Back Again, I loved sharing my discovery of candy-cane columns. These striped sandstone creations would have been popular in December! Peek at a festive formation found…

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‘The Beast’ moves and changes lives

January 7, 2016

In No-Name Baby, adoption becomes part of the story. In reality, some children face danger before finding new lives in new places. La Bestia, or “The Beast,” is a nickname…

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Water music is enjoyed, above and below

January 5, 2016

Water makes me want to celebrate. It seems I’m not alone. Check out the joyous sights and sounds a floating orchestra discovers from an audience of whales. (Thanks to Linda…

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Grand Canyon

The Navajo know not all rains are created equal

December 31, 2015

In Water Runs Through This Book, I note that the Navajo separate rains into “male” and “female.” Guess which kind of rain brings floods and other problems to places like…

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No more thirsty lawns! Xeriscaping is the answer.

December 29, 2015

Not all plants are greedy water gobblers. Xeriscaping is the art of planting only drought resistant, low-water-use plants, which can cut water consumption by 60 percent. Here’s an introduction to…

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Rodeo excellence begins with the right lariat

December 24, 2015

In Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo, entrants may get to know their favorite lariat almost as well as their horses. Is a rope just a rope? Not in rodeo!

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Young rodeo competitors seek a trophy they can wear

December 22, 2015

In Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo, young entrants learn that champions are rewarded with decorative belt buckles. In the early days of rodeo, many contestants were former boxers. If…

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