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Archive for October, 2010

Hearing Greg Mortenson Speak

I had the opportunity to hear Greg Mortenson speak at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, in March 2008.  My car filled with Three Cups of Tea fans had an extremely inspirational day. Greg started out by greeting the crowd, “As-Salaam Alaaikum.” (peace be with you in Arabic) He promotes peace, which he feels brings hope.  […]

Julie Zahs at the Book Talk

After completing my studies at Iowa State University in elementary education, I joined the Peace Corps. I then flew to the Marshall Islands where I taught 1st-8th grade students on the outer islands from l972-4.  My two years there got me totally “hooked” on traveling and learning about other cultures.  I returned to the U.S. […]


On October 20 & 21, 510 students and teachers came to the Hoover Presidential Library for a day of humanitarian efforts. Author/illustrator Susan L. Roth flew in from New York to talk about her book “Listen to the Wind: The Story of  Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea.” The book tells the story of […]

Better Homes in America/Making Bricks with 1st Graders

Herbert Hoover said, “A family that owns its own home takes pride in it, maintains it better, gets more pleasure out of it, and has a more wholesome, healthful, and happier atmosphere in which to bring up children. . . . Above all, the love of home is one of the finest instincts and the […]

October at the National Historic Site

Herbert Hoover wrote, “But I prefer to think of Iowa as I saw it through the eyes of a ten-year old boy…filled with the wonders of Iowa’s streams and woods, of the mystery of growing crops…days should be filled with adventure and great undertakings, with participation in good and comforting things.”