History / Science / Reading and Writing
Guest Speaker Expertise
Science and history. Topics can include:
Alchemy as "magick" and how Alchemy grew into modern science.
Mathematics in unexpected places, i.e. music.
Writing and creativity.
From the titles, you
might think Mary Losure’s books are fiction. But she assures you that every
word of ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST: SECRETS OF ISAAC NEWTON, REVEAL’Dis not
only true, but documented with primary sources. So is WILD BOY: THE REAL
LIFE OF THE SAVAGE OF AVEYRON and even THE FAIRY RING, OR ELSIE AND
FRANCES FOOL THE WORLD. (In case you wondered, THE FAIRY RING isthe true story of two young girls who fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into
thinking they had taken photographs of actual fairies.)
A former staff reporter
for Minnesota Public Radio and freelance contributor to National Public Radio,
she now investigates stories with children as the main characters. In the
classroom, she enjoys discussing questions such as “What is the
difference between science and magic?” and “How do we know what’s true, and
what isn’t?” with young readers. She loves the questions children ask, which
are often ones she would never have thought of herself.
She lives in Saint Paul,
Minnesota with her husband Don (who is currently at work on a totally untrue
book about dragons) and no pets.
Literary time travel. Playing roots music on the mandolin. Growing monkshood and enchanter's nightshade in my garden. &c.
"To take what there is and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived; to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that...doubtless, that is the right way to live." Henry James
Ok, not Henry James. But many, many others too numerous to mention.