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Birchbark Canoe

As a young boy, Wayne Valliere’s grandmother said to him, “Your grandfathers are written throughout history. I challenge you and your brothers to think, what will your grandchildren say about you someday?”  That inspired Valliere to pass on his Native American culture to young people in his community.  One of the ways he does that is by teaching them how to craft traditional birchbark canoes.

Interested in learning more? Follow this link to a blog about Wayne Valliere’s work on the birch bark canoe.



Deep End:

Winter often means weekends spent indoors searching for entertainment and escape. Writer David McGlynn reflects on his Sunday afternoons with his sons at the local pool.

David McGlynn is the author of The End of the Straight and Narrow and A Door in the Ocean. He teaches at Lawrence University. 


Santa Believer:

Many people take their kids to see Santa in December, and eventually have to wrestle with the question of belief. Writer Lesley Kagen tells us how she dealt with her son’s doubts about Santa.

Lesley Kagen is an actress, restaurant owner, and author. Her most recent book is Mare’s Nest.

Photo by awyatt.