Dianne Performs “Scared Silly” at Kerner Elementary – Thursday, October 30, 2008

Friends: Today I had the pleasure of performing “Scared Silly” to celebrate Halloween at Kerner Elementary in Lafitte, Louisiana. I saw the entire school – K-6 grades in two performances. The first performance was for grades K-3. The students were so enthusiastic and participatory. They were absolutely wonderful and perfectly behaved. Following my show, I […] Read More

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Dianne’s Summer Travels – August 2008

Friends: I spent a week in San Francisco and Berkeley, California. I presented two storytelling concerts and two professional development sessions at the International Association of School Librarianship Conference in Berkeley. I met librarians from all over the globe – the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Austria, India, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica, […] Read More

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Dianne’s Summer Travels June/July 2008

Friends: This summer has been a time of closing chapters and opening new ones. On July 9, 2008, my beloved father-in-law, Jaime Roberto Casas, passed away somewhat unexpectedly. He was 78 years old and lived a beautifully full life, leaving behind a loving wife (Jennie), two wonderful children (Antonio and Pam), and two sweet granddaughters […] Read More

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Storytelling Tour: Dianne on front page of Philippines’ largest newspaper, Philippine Inquirer Sunday 3-16-08

Friends: On Sunday, March 16, 2008, an article was written about a “Read-Along” sponsored by the Philippine Inquirer, the Philippines’ largest newspaper, at which I was a guest storyteller. The article, which ran on the front page and about a third of an interior page featured a lot about me. :) Very cool. Though some […] Read More

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Jetsetting Home – Manila, Guam, Tokyo, Newark, New Orleans! 3-18-08

Friends: After arriving back in Manila from Boracay, I had to part ways with my Aunts. I love you Auntie Espie and Auntie Jovie! See you next time! I had a few hours to kill before my next flight (home), so I headed to Mall of Asia. It wasn’t that far from the airport and […] Read More

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Philippines Day 7 – Journey Home 3-17-08

Friends: The above picture is my last look at the beach before I left Boracay. Notice the sand bags and the fallen tree trunk? Just one month earlier, a storm ravaged the shores of Boracay, leaving the beach stripped of tons of sand and natural shoreline. It had not yet been restored when we arrived […] Read More

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Philippines Day 6 – Flying High in the Sky! 3-16-08

Friends: Katrin and I planned on going parasailing (Day 6 in the Philippines, Day 3 in Boracay). Auntie Jovie and Auntie Espie left earlier to explore the island. They were supposed to be back by 10am to go parasailing with us but they never showed up so we decided to head off anyway. Later on, […] Read More

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Philippines Day 5 – Sun, Sand, Sailing, Swimming, Snorkeling & Shopping! 3-15-08

Friends: It was my fifth day in the Philippines. No matter what time of the day you catch the beach, it is always beautiful! This is Diniwid Beach early in the morning. A great time to go walking and shell collecting BUT we had a date! It was time to get to our paraw (a […] Read More

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Philippines Day 4 – Boracay Beach Babes! 3-14-08

Friends: It was an early day, having to catch a flight to Kalibo in Panay. I was vacationing in Boracay (a Philippine island), rumored to be one of the Top 10 Beaches in the world. I took my two aunts, Jovie and Espie, as well as my cousin, Katrin. Above is the view from my […] Read More

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Philippines Day 3 – Scholastic Teacher Workshop No. 2 & Fun with Friends

My third full day in the Philippines began with another all-day teacher workshop, the same workshop that I did the day before. This time, the workshop was held at Lourdes School of Mandaluyong (in Metro Manila). The teachers were just as enthusiastic, creative, and daring as the day before, stepping outside of their comfort zones […] Read More

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