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Hawaiian Superstitions

Every culture has superstitious beliefs. As a child, I was encouraged not to step on sidewalk cracks lest I break my mother's back, to throw spilled salt over my shoulder, and not let black cats cross my path. While researching my book Aloha Spirit, I learned about Hawaiian superstitions because one of my characters is… Continue reading Hawaiian Superstitions

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Learning Family Stories

Everyone has stories. As I get older, the stories of my youth become more and more interesting to my sons. They can't imagine a world without electronics, without cell phones, without CD players. To me, it's daily life. To them, it's a family story. The challenge for me is to tell them every wonderful (to… Continue reading Learning Family Stories

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Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling is in Minnesota, but I am researching a time when it was part of the Michigan Territory, just after the Black Hawk War ended in 1832. My interest was piqued by an ancestor of mine who was born at the fort in 1836. Her father was the acting sutler at the fort. Her… Continue reading Fort Snelling

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Winner Novel Madness 2018!

And the winner is...House of Hades by Rick Riordan! Some students voted for it because Hunger Games, its opponent, had won before and they wanted to see a book win for the first time. In order to showcase the diversity of reading interests for my sixth graders over the years, here is the list of… Continue reading Winner Novel Madness 2018!