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Imagine an Art Project!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

IMG_7238 IMG_7237 IMG_7236 IMG_7143 IMG_7142 IMG_7137IMG_7240 IMG_7239The students at John Norquay Elementary School in Vancouver, Canada did something truly extraordinary! Classes often do art projects based on the Imagine series of picture books, in which my poems were paired with magical realistic art by the remarkable John Gonsalves, but rarely are they are stunning as these enchanting sculptures. The effect is of a magical forest. How I’d love to stroll through it!

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Phenomenal Woman

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Heartbroken to lose her. The world is sadder, dimmer, and less beautiful without her.

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Things Ninjas Didn’t Do (That You Think They Did)

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Book: Deadly Flowers, Ninjas, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Infiltration–not an admirable activity in feudal Japan

#3) Be cool.

It’s hard to believe–I mean, what’s cooler than a ninja?– but ninjas were not respected during their time. They were, basically, the scum of the earth, about as low as actors or beggars or people who handled corpses for burial or cremation–all of whom had a hard time of it in feudal Japan.

How could somebody with the skills of a ninja be looked down upon? Well, the warrior ideal in Japan at the time was the samurai, riding boldly into battle, challenging a foe to single combat, preferring death to dishonor, etc., etc. It would have been entirely beneath a samurai’s dignity to sneak about in disguise, to knife someone in the back, to lie, to spy, or to steal. Which is why samurai and warlords hired ninjas to do these thing for them.

It would also have been shocking for a samurai to accept payment for fighting, or to serve more than one master. Both of these were things that ninjas frequently did.

So ninjas were despised in their day. But also very useful.

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Puzzles, Puzzles Everywhere

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Book: The Eureka Key, Promotion, Uncategorized | 2 comments

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No, you can’t just click this symbol. It’s a little harder than that.

Feeling a little bored? Need a challenge? Locate this symbol somewhere on my website and click on it to see if you can solve four puzzles related to The Secrets of the Seven. If you succeed, a reward beyond riches will be yours! (Well, there’s a reward. It’s kind of neat.)

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