Darcy’s Tent – Banner Peak, High Sierras, 1983


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photo by Ansel Adams

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This photo is from our return visit in 1985. Michael takes a break with the Banner-Ritter saddle in the distance.

“I have climbed there once. One of the most beautiful places in the Sierras. The reflective 1000 Island Lakes, Banner and Ritter Peaks and the icy, cramponed scramble to their summits. But fortunately, it wasn’t like this typical Walton adventure. Lol.” – Wayne Thompson, climber and photographer

Wayne perfectly captured the essence of what Michael and I had in mind, so I took the liberty of quoting him here. Michael and I tended to learn our mountain lessons the hard way. We still do.

http://www.thewritersdrawer.net/banner-peak.html

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Steam Whistle

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I’m pleased and honored to again have a story published by Kids Book Review! Steam Whistle is a good story to share with grandkids and I hope you grandparents among my readers will give it a try!

http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2015/06/kbr-short-story-steam-whistle.html

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Yosemite in May

Falls

Yosemite Falls

Aspen leaves tremble within

The bursting arc

Of your morning flight.

A fall of buttercups,

Tumbling saffron explosions,

Parallel

But no less joyful,

Follow you

To the sea.

 

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Civil War at San Lorenzo Park

Students and teachers of Chalone Peaks Middle School close each school year with a history and civics project – a day long reenactment of events from our Civil War.  Here are some of Ed Haskell’s great pictures from the 15th annual Civil War reenactment.

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Students, teachers, parents and guests honor Civil War veterans interred at King City Cemetery.

 

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Lee and Lincoln greet each other after a the ceremony.

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Hostilities commence with a skirmish between pickets.

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Cannons roar!

Lee leads

Confederates attack!

Union D copyThe Union defends!

Harriet

Harriet Tubman speaks with students.

Lincoln troops

President Lincoln addresses the troops

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Lesson Plans for Lulu

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My Lulu Garlic, Contraband was recently recorded and broadcast by KVPR, an NPR affiliate. It is now available as a free podcast and is fifty minutes in length. Here is the link:

http://kvpr.org/post/lulu-garlic-contraband-robert-walton-valley-writers-read

The story includes both Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln as main characters. It details events from the last year of our Civil War. Teachers, should you wish to have your students listen to it, I’ve provided listening logs, directed reading assignments, reciprocal teaching assignments and three poster options. I think both the story and the assignments are suitable for 8th graders and up. All are free and here is the link:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Plans-for-Lulu-Garlic-Contraband-1854110

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Lulu Garlic, Contraband

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A story of mine was chosen for broadcast on NPR and tonight is the night! The program is Valley Writers Read and it begins at seven. If you can’t catch the broadcast, it will be available in the KVPR archives for at least six months. Please pass the good word along! A link to the podcast is below.
P.S. They picked a great reader for the story!

P.P.S. I’ll be putting up lesson plans for this story on TPT in the very near future.  I’ll let you all know when I’ve got them ready!
http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-writers-read

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Tarantula and Black Maggie!

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I spent a good part of yesterday telling tall tales at Mission San Antonio de Padua.  It was Mission Days – time for music, food, stories, remembrance and laughter!  If that sounds like a fiesta to you, then you’re absolutely in tune with what was going on.  If you weren’t there, you missed a great time, but there’s always next year! My bit was to tell Native American and early settler stories.  I had a good audience (even if I dragooned a couple of them, though without the help of the dragoon re-enactors outside) and worked a new story into the mix. Catch me sometime for a rendition of “Tarantula”. It’s not what you think, but it’s okay if you think it anyway.

P.S. Phyllis and I were married in this wonderful room exactly 43 years ago.

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