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Beyond Boundaries · Essays and tidbits from Nancy Bo Flood

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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Chief Crowfoot

What is Life?

March 10, 2009

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass And loses itself in the sunset. Crowfoot,  Siksika  (Blackfoot)

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Take Joy, A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft. Jane Yolen

Take Joy

February 18, 2009

Essay 2-09-2009 – Nancy Bo Flood A toddler holds onto the edge of the couch. She looks at you, grins… lets go. Her whole face lights up with joy and satisfaction. Then she frowns, concentrates and ever so carefully reaches out one foot, then the other, hands outstretched, balancing. Take joy. Each step.

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kobi yamada

something to think about today

February 6, 2009

Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.   Yamada

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