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!

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Harriet Tubman speaks with students.

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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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Starbuck Billy


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One axiom of the universe is symmetry and symmetry requires predators for all grazers. Humanity is adept at learning predation. We learn to hunt anything, everything – except the greatest hunter of all. In the spirit of Terry Prachett and with a respectful bow to Herman Melville, here’s the adventure of Billy Starbuck.

http://www.inkitt.com/stories/12825?preview=true

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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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Commute

 

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Photo by Janos M. Schmidt

Brilliant Flash Fiction just published another story of mine, “Commute”. I hope it will offer a few chuckles. Once you reach the site, scroll down to find me!

https://brilliantflashfictionmag.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/issue-5-march-2015/#more-609

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Brilliant Flash Fiction’s Photo Prompt – Contest Results

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I’m pleased to have my story achieve the shortlist for this competition. I had a lot of fun writing it and hope readers will enjoy it at least as much as I did! Scroll down to find Undocumented Aliens.

Originally posted on BRILLIANT flash fiction:

FIRST PRIZE WINNER of 100 EURO: 
Jessica Knauss

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Stairs to the Beach
By Jessica Knauss

Josie had the tunnel-staircase built because the children were fed up with the clifftop ocean view and no easy way to get to the beach below. To the children’s uproarious approval, I proposed a slide, so they could zip down onto the soft shore and get all their energy out swimming, building sandcastles, and trying to run on the tractionless surface of the sand. Then they would have to walk a mile or so around the cliff, back to the house, and I wouldn’t hear a peep out of them the rest of the day, I was sure. I could practice the viola or watch films that weren’t oriented toward children…

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