Disney’s New Movie “Moana” and a Real Legend from Polowat Atoll

   Stories of the Pacific Islands In the canoe house on Guam in about 2010, I meet with my teacher and mentor, the late Manny Sikau, a master navigator from Polowat Atoll. We are discussing the manuscript of my novel, Brothers of the Fire Star.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Moana, Disney’s just-released animated movie, tells the story of a Polynesian princess who, with a huge, tattooed ...
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Traveling to Guam in March 2017

Canoe sailing.
A Carolinian proa or outrigger canoe, sails in Guam's Apra Harbor. While I was on Guam last June as a delegate to the Pacific Arts Festival, I was approached about speaking before a meeting of the Guam Chapter of the International Literacy Association (formerly the International Reading Association) on March 11, 2017. I was honored to be invited and look forward to returning to Guam, which was my home for eleven years and to where I have returned each of the eight years since I retired and mo...
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First Draft of My Next Novel – Sneak Peak

Long, Cold Winters Well Spent: Three Novels Joined by One Idea  Red-Winged Black Bird on a Joe-Pye Weed, Saint Fiona of the Kitchen, and Lacey The Theme of a Trilogy Powerful women determined that their families will survive the emotional and physical devastation of war is the theme of this trilogy set in rural New England in the 1920's through the 1970's.  In Saint Fiona of the Kitchen, Fiona Finney McIntyre is an Irish-American matriarch who moves her family from Boston to a farm in the remo...
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Book Signings at Sundial Book Store, Chingoteague Island, Virginia

It was a long, warm summer, but a good one. On June 14 and again on August 2 during the famous pony round up and swim we had successful book signings at the Sundial Book Store on Chincoteaque Island in Virginia. Thanks for two great afternoons meeting people and talking about writing. And, we will be back for another signing around Thanksgiving. I'll post the dates as soon as they're set. Hope see you there!
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