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Stood Up!

Due to bad weather earlier this week in the Pacific Northwest, a virtual storytelling concert got cancelled. I decided to record it anyway.

For those of you who are curious about what kind of storytelling I do or what storytelling as a performance art is, here is your chance to see it.

The story is El Pájaro Cu, some of you may have already heard it. It’s one of my favorites. I created this story by mixing a personal narrative with a Mexican myth. It is a concert and is almost thirty minutes long. I hope you enjoy it.

If it asks for a password it is 1Cubird!

Comments truly appreciated (below)!

Veterans’ Day

I want to thank all my friends and relatives who served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces. You are dedicated, selfless, and brave to a degree I cannot fathom. May God bless you and your families always.

When I taught my students about Veterans’ Day, I used two books that although different, gave strong messages about love of country: Attack on Pearl Harbor by Shelley Tanaka:

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and Brother Eagle, Sister Sky:

Picture of Brother Eagle, Sister Sky
A Message from Chief Seattle

I taught with these books because November is such a busy month with profound significance around the themes of country, family, Veterans, Native Americans, religious freedom, and giving thanks.

These books share a commonality in that they expose students to different perspectives. Although these books are somewhat outdated in today’s teaching timeline, the messages are not. I recommend these stories for readers around the third grade and higher.

Let me know what you think!

A Busy Weekend!

I told this past Saturday at the El Paso Writers’ League’s first Virtual Book Festival. Three other authors, Dan Leydon, J.B. Masaji, and Kari Veenstra read excerpts of their books as well.

My story, La Suerte de Curi, begins a few seconds before the 15-minute mark. It’s dedicated to Don Pedro Covarrubias who shared this story with family.

Our Little Library

We had a wonderful inauguration for our Little Library on our cul de sac. Our neighbors came out and filled it up in less than two minutes! A special thanks to Fabian Ramirez and Karina Lakhanpal for the artwork! My family—hubby, dad, mom and boys for the hard labor to set it up! Thanx Lisa Lopez-Williamson for enabling me to get the Little Library and all the awesome work you did in El Paso!

Little Library on Paseo de Luna