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Britain's Prince Harry, left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, center, and Prince William, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping The Colour parade, in London, Saturday, June 15, 2013.  (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Karla Vallance July 23, 2013 at 01:07 pm
Spencer, spiteful? I assume you are suggesting it because it is grandma Diana's unmarried nameRead More (well, I guess she didn't have a married name, but never mind). Why would that be spiteful?
Wendy Sheppard July 23, 2013 at 01:44 pm
Yes, "Spencer" would be spiteful b/c it was Diana's maiden name. I don't think the QueenRead More would approve.
Karla Vallance July 23, 2013 at 02:12 pm
Maybe you're right, Wendy. I still think it's a great idea!
dweir April 1, 2013 at 07:34 pm
I am looking forward to reading your novel and sending copies to my nephews! Congratulations! As aRead More teacher, would you use the book for English or History lessons? Or both?
Roger L Whittlesey April 1, 2013 at 08:04 pm
Dweir, Thank you for your interest in my book. How old are your nephews? Great question aboutRead More how this book can be used in the classroom. I teach grade five, and there is so much in the book that aligns with the grade five curriculum frameworks; however, the book is a work of fiction, so I would not use it to directly teach history, but it certainly could be used as a companion. For instance, the first chapter opens with the great Revolutionary War battle between the Bonhomme Richard and the Serapis. The scene includes the famous John Paul Jones statement ("I have not yet begun to fight"), which is something I teach my fifth graders. But, the objective of the novel is to entertain, not to inform, so the history is ancillary to the main thrust of the plot. More in the next box . . .
Roger L Whittlesey April 1, 2013 at 08:05 pm
In addition to history, there is a section in the novel where the characters, all from differentRead More time periods, analyze and interpret a Yeats poem. The poem, the characters believe, speaks to them and directly relates to their experience on the island. Poetry interpretation and analysis is taught at many grade levels, including fifth grade. A teacher could certainly discuss how the characters use the poem to match their perspectives and needs, but that would not be the focus of a very long discussion. Therefore, I believe the novel would best be used in an English class or reading class. There are many places throughout the book where readers can form opinions, make inferences, create a hypothesis, look for symbolism and foreshadowing. My experience is that readers of the book, both young and old, enjoy getting to know the characters and guessing along with them about the strange and mysterious situations. Thanks, Roger Whittlesey
Mike March 11, 2013 at 06:54 pm
How does a high-end pizza restaurant make Westford into the new Maynard? This comment is even moreRead More baffling when you consider the dives that were here for years. Have you forgotten: The Tiki Lau? Ye Olde Beef and Ale? Rancho de Amigos? or, fer cryin' out loud....the Applebees? Equating the number of liquor licenses with the quality of the town is just silly.
Daniel Iknaian March 18, 2013 at 01:35 pm
Sounds like an interesting place, should be a neat addition to the plaza.
JJL March 28, 2013 at 11:29 pm
Finally Westford has a Restaraunt that offers good Italian fare and gourmet style pizza atRead More reasonable prices. Will definitely go back....acoustically loud the space has an impressively big bar and excellent Italian appetizers. The wait staff is accomodating and attentive without being intrusive...... Would love to see them offer Sicilian style pizza with fresh ingredients.
Dick October 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm
And just where does one get rid of twigs,and a over abundance of leaves? This town needs aRead More recycle,compost facility
joseph mcgruff October 10, 2012 at 03:57 pm
We live in the woods soooooo....
Cooper October 10, 2012 at 08:26 pm
Or you can just find a corner to pile the leaves in - best in some out of the way corner where theRead More wind will help keep them there - and just let nature take it's course. We get plenty of leaf mold to work into the gardens this lazy way. They'll keep boiling down to manageable size, too. Bagging leaves and putting them out for the trash is a lot of work and needless expense for the homeowner and the town makes no sense to me at all.
Melissa September 24, 2012 at 12:29 am
Anytime I hear of another book getting banned, I make sure everyone in my family reads it!! TheyRead More just increase attention on whatever they are trying to pretend is not part of our realities as human beings. Bazinga!
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