Thank you Port Washington Library, LI, NY!

Many thanks

Port Washington Library

for hosting

 Local Authors Fair

April 29, 2018!

 

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Please Join Me! April 29 Authors Fair-Port Washington Library, LI, NY

Please join me!
Sunday, April 29, 2018  

2:00-4:30pm

Port Washington Public Library  
1 Library Drive  Port Washington, NY
Lapham Meeting Room
516-883-4400

        Meet local self-published authors and learn about their latest works. Books will be available for purchase.

My Book Titles

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion
Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Questions? Visit elainedonadio.com or email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Arbor Day: Making It Real For Kids

Arbor Day: Making It Real For Kids

Looking for hands-on back- to- nature activities for kids? Arbor Day, celebrated this year in the US on April 27, is a perfect time to reconnect with nature, especially trees which clean our air, provide shade, housing, and sustenance and, are fun to climb! That’s just the beginning.

The April, 2018 Long Island Edition issue of Natural Awakenings contains a great article “Into The Woods-Nature Helping Kids Build Skills and Character” by April Thompson. We gather information about “youth organizations that encourage survival skills like tracking food sources, making fires and shelters; indigenous knowledge of local environments and life’s interconnectedness; physical and other challenges to heighten sensory perception; sharpening observation and awareness of animal behaviors during hunting by ‘foxwalking’, ‘owl vision’, or during self-protection by staying still like a rabbit or coyote; or using natural patterns of day and night and seasonal changes to tune in to the rhythms of nature.”

Where can you find the organizations that offer these experiences? Checkout “Earth Native Wilderness School, 4 Elements Earth Education, Wild Earth, Wilderness Awareness School, Coyote’s guide to Connecting With Nature, The Tracker School, Children & Nature Network, and Earth Skills Alliance.”

Plant trees. Celebrate trees. Climb trees. That’s what today is all about. Maybe you’ll be inspired to go further into the back-to-nature movement. The future belongs to our children and grandchildren. Let’s build awareness and a sense of connection and responsibility for our future decision makers.

Please remember, saving the planet goes beyond reuse, recycle and reduce. It also involves how we treat each other and the world in which we live.

One person, one experience at a time.

Please let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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A Diet To Honor Earth Day

 Ever wonder what a cow does that a chicken doesn’t? I’ve often heard that reducing consumption of red meat helps reverse the effects of climate change. I’ve found an article that fully explains the reasons for this advice.

Judith Fertig’s article in the April, 2018 Long Island Edition of Natural Awakenings “Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate” explains it all.

“Climatarians (n.) whose primary goal is to reverse climate change give the following advice: eat locally produced foods to reduce energy spent in transportation, choose pork and poultry over red meat and lamb to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and use every part of ingredients ex. apple cores, cheese rinds to limit food waste.

“In addition to improving personal health by eating more plant-based food, we could see a drop in national health care costs, water usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and our carbon footprint.”

So, what else and why?

Eat Foods That go Easy On Water– hydroponic Bibb lettuce; dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons, quinoa which are drought resistant”

Eat Foods That Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases– eat more local seasonal produce and root crops; less red meat, cheese, eggs and more fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts”

Hopeful Developments– improvements in perennial grains and wheat which would not have to be planted from seed each year saving soil, carbon, human and machine energy”

I like to have concrete suggestions and I thank Ms. Fertig for helping to clarify.

Please remember, saving the planet goes beyond reuse, recycle and reduce. It also involves how we treat each other and the world in which we live.

One person, one experience at a time.

Please let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Earth Day: Celebrate, Reflect, Take Action

The sins of the parent are visited upon the child. This is a sobering thought. Not only does this adage reach across psychological, emotional, mental and social boundaries, but it extends to the world situation in which our children and grandchildren will find themselves. A world filled with strife, war and famine. Often, the absence of a peaceful, supportive family life. A world depleted of natural resources. Food shortages. Clean water shortages. Increased severity of heat and allergy related conditions. As individuals, we do not have the power to save the world, but we each can take a positive step and instill good habits in our children, so we may all work together for a more powerful impact on the world in which we live. Each generation must continue good practices, since no action has everlasting results.

In the April, 2018 Long Island Edition of Natural Awakenings “Healthy Climate, Healthy People” Lisa Maxwell discusses the effects of climate change on our health and that of our children: “an increase in Lyme disease with increasing tick populations, longer asthma and allergy seasons with poison ivy and ragweed flourishing, trauma caused by displacement from hurricanes, etc., complications from heat waves, hazardous air quality as a result of forest fires, rampant Zika, Dengue Fever, and West Nile mosquito borne illnesses, reduced proteins and food value in crops such as grains,  aggressive behavior as a result of improper rest and sleep, sports fatigue in the hotter temperatures leading to stroke, kidney failure, and edema.”

What can we do? “Walk rather than ride, eat less meat, encourage hospitals and other public buildings to go green, plant more trees, show compassion for those in developing countries who create little carbon imprint but bear the brunt of its effects.”

Climate change is a fact. Some places are getting noticeably hotter, while others are noticeably colder. Growing seasons are shortened and less productive. Its cause may be debatable, but its effects are indisputable. If we cannot agree on the why, let’s continue to concentrate on the what and address those issues without pointing fingers or playing the blame game. Please band together to do our part and encourage others to do what they can. Every little bit adds up.

Frequent stores such as Crate & Barrel that sell green furniture, bedding, and other home accessories. Be aware of how we dispose of our trash and recycling items. Plant trees and shrubs rather than arbitrarily pulling them out of the ground. Reduce consumption by repairing, reusing, and repurposing. Be generous with our funds to those in need through no fault of their own and victims of natural disasters and political and government upheavals and climate change.

Saving the planet goes beyond reuse, recycle and reduce. It also involves how we treat each other and the world in which we live.

One person, one experience at a time.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

All rights reserved 2018

Please Join Me! Local Authors Fair, Port Washington NY Public Library

Please join me!
Sunday, April 29, 2018  

2:00-4:30pm

Port Washington Public Library  
1 Library Drive  Port Washington, NY
Lapham Meeting Room
516-883-4400

        Meet local self-published authors and learn about their latest works. Books will be available for purchase.

My Book Titles

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion
Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Questions? Visit elainedonadio.com or email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Welcome Back! Downton Abbey – The Exhibition

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Downton Abbey: The Exhibition in New York City. How was it? As classy, warm, and inviting as the series.Wonderful, professional, inviting. Heartfelt. Emotional. Beautiful original sets, costumes and props. Multi-media presentation. You’ll feel as if you’re there. Booked until September 3, 2018 at 218 W. 57th St. between 7th & 8th Avenues in a converted art store building. Rumor has it Boston is the next lucky city. A must see for Downton Abbey fans. An accurate depiction of British culture, society, and fashion from the Edwardian period of WWI to the 1920s.

Having been a loyal fan of the PBS series, it’s only natural to want to read the real life account of the people whose lives were portrayed in this wonderful presentation which takes place at Highclere Castle, England. Let me say this, if I could choose a person whose life to live, it would have been Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, the illegitimate daughter of Alfred de Rothschild and Marie Wombwell, the wife of George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. Unfortunately, the real life of this woman is not truly represented by any character in the series.

Surrounded by love as a wife, mother, hostess, benefactor, nurse, hospital administrator, this forward-thinking woman established a hospital and nursing care for the wounded soldiers during WWI at her home at Highclere Castle, using a holistic approach to patient care, healing the minds and spirits, as well as the broken bodies of the patients whose lives she impacted.

Her life was filled with adventure with her world travels, and the discovery of the tomb of the Egyptian King Tut by her husband and his fellow archeological explorer, Howard Carter.

Generous to a fault, she positively influenced the lives of many, and lived a life filled with love and appreciation.

The characters in the series are set against the background of WWI during the Edwardian era in England. It’s a history lesson, a social commentary, a family account, an adventure, all rolled into a well-written, fascinating saga. How much is fact and how much is fiction? I don’t have the answer, but the lifestyle, behaviors, rules and demands portrayed upstairs in the family quarters and downstairs in the servant area, were meticulously researched and well-represented by Julian Fellowes, the creator of the series.

The people no longer live, but their characters live on. This moment in history is gone. We can still share their lives and concerns in DVD and Blu-Ray discs, books, documentaries, taped interviews. The impact travels through time and space, although the catalyst is no longer present.

If you would like to read an inspiring book on the subject, I recommend, “Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle” by Fiona Carnarvon, the present Countess of Carnarvon.

I’d love to hear from you author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Literacy Scores Down? I Can Help

Welcome to my blog!

Literacy scores down? I can help. ElaineDonadio.com is an invaluable resource.

Need ideas for using my middle grade books? Please click here to visit my website/blog for lesson ideas and study guides. Tie-ins with science, social studies, and literacy.

*Whole class reading activity, much like a text book. I’m still a proponent of the balanced literacy and whole language movements where students imitate the activities of the characters in the books. The science presentations can act as a springboard to an actual student activity.

*Small group discussion. Each book can be presented to the rest of the class as a play, Readers Theater, science fact presentation according to chapter contents, individual reports, a multimedia presentation, chart presentations, etc.

*Independent reading and/ or book reports.

*Supplemental classroom reading can serve as material for class discussion, report or presentation.

*Multiple intelligences can be addressed by allowing presentations of the book plots or actual science or social study facts through the visual or performing arts. How bout a dance of the dolphins? Or a play about how creatures interact in their environments? A song telling the life cycle of an insect? A watercolor representation of the underside of a horseshoe crab? Creating a costume to demonstrate how creatures can be camouflaged in their worlds? A news flash detailing the dangers of fracking on the environment? A puppet show detailing the swamp biome?

*Instead of traditional text –books, use my books. Perhaps, the students can write letters to one another or to friends and family telling what they’ve learned. Create a class newspaper account of a day in the life.

*Brainstorm a combination of modalities to be presented at a school assembly.

*Utilize the formula poems found in The Ocean’s Way and The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion as a model and have the students present facts in this same format.

*Conduct an author study to compare and contrast my books with one another or with books by other authors.

* Create a diorama or model to show relationships, life cycles, or habitats.

*Design a travel brochure for the places the book characters visit.

*Vote for a class president using the book characters as candidates.

 

Book Titles The Science Project, The Ocean’s Way, Who Do Voodoo?,
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion, 
Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

All titles are available for preview and purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. Available in digital and paperback formats.

Questions? Call 718-746-0758 or click here to email.

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