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


Water is Magic

April 5, 2022

Let us continue Celebrating Water.

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Water's Children

Water’s Children

March 29, 2022

Water: a book, a poem, a brief essay … a continuation of the celebration of water.

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Walking for Water

March 22, 2022

Water is precious. Water is life. Water is unfair, but this doesn’t have to be.

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The Giver

Mental Health: The Giver

March 15, 2022

Lois Lowry: “I think it’s something that literature does, that writing does, that speaking about things does. It keeps our hearts from breaking.”

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Gone to the Woods

Mental Health: Reading Paulsen’s Autobiography

March 8, 2022

A few weeks ago, someone was asking about books that touched upon—or included—domestic abuse/ family violence. Paulsen’s book is an autobiography.

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Romancing the Dark in the City of Light

Writing the Story of Mental Illness for Young Readers

March 1, 2022

I have been pulled toward the subject of suicide since I was a teen despite its stigma, and worked on my first suicide hotline when I was eighteen. That’s because as an adolescent I struggled not only with depression but with some periods of suicidality, and I understand the dangerous power and seduction of it when one is suffering mental despair.

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Crazy Horse and Custer

S.D. Nelson

February 8, 2022

S.D. Nelson, Standing Rock Sioux, author and artist, meticulous researcher, passionate about the history of his people, his ancestors, his homeland, Indian and white, has written the epic story of Crazy Horse and Custer.

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coral reef

Singularity (after Stephen Hawking)

January 25, 2022

Being   process   not a thing, not matter   more thoughts and this poem Singularity by Marie Howe (after Stephen Hawking) Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity We once were? So…

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