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

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 children have the right to learn to read. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states in Article 26: All children have a right to an…

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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 rights – freedom, home and family, and protection from harm and torture. NOT ALLOWED No person No government Has the right to take away a…

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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 and laughter, you could give to every child—or even one child—the gift of safety, of being with family, having a home, a full tummy with…

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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 Martin Luther King, Jr., “the silence of our friends,” and reflect on my own silence. Today someone stood at the stoplight holding a cardboard sign.…

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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 a recent photo taken of the simple but unforgettable statue of Anne Frank, which stands near her final home in the Secret Annex, Amsterdam. I…

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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 is a story shaped by you As big as your words or As long as your sentences This is your story Even though you haven’t…

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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 1948 proclaimed that all people, every child and grown-up—no matter where they lived, who they were—would have rights allowing them to live free and equal.…

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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 of old people or exhausted farmers that looked back at you as if they could see your soul while you were gazing into theirs. The…

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