The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker Reviewed by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge

The Art of Hearing Hearbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker; translated from the German by Kevin Wiliarty; Other Books/Random House, 2006. 325 pages; $15.95 (paperback); reading level: adult. Responding to a just-discovered letter, Julia Win, a hard-nosed young New York City attorney, travels to Kalaw, Burma, her missing father’s birth place, to track him down.  The story… [Read More]

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Lesson plans for Just Fine the Way They Are Two education instructors from Earlham College created these 3 lesson plans in Comprehension, Social Studies-Transportation, and Writing to accompany my book about the National Road. >> View/Download lesson plans & resources Just Fine the Way They Are is available as a Book, CD, or Cassette Two education instructors from Earlham College created these… [Read More]

The National Road Yard Sale Happens May 29th – June 2nd, 2013

The National Road Yard sale (in the Richmond, IN area) begins on Wednesday, June 29th.  Click here for information on other Yard Sales along The Road. About the National Road President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation for the first federally funded highway in 1803 – and the rest is history! The Road is commonly known as US… [Read More]

Teacher Resources & Lesson Plans Available For “Just Fine the Way They Are”

Since school will be starting soon, educators and parents who would like to engage their children in some fun learning activities can download lesson plans that accompany Just Fine The Way They Are; From Dirt Roads to Rail Roads to Interstates. Developed by two elementary educators who are also adjunct professors in the Department of… [Read More]

The National Road Brings the Historic Road Conference to Indianapolis

The national non-profit group Historic Roads is holding their annual conference on September 20-22, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dedicated to identifying, preserving and managing our nation’s historic roads and scenic byways, Indy was specifically chosen because of the region’s unique transportation history, which includes the Historic National Road. Read more about the work of this important… [Read More]

National Road Yard Sale

Beginning on May 30 and running through the early part of June, folks will be setting up shop along the National Road (US 40) and creating one of the longest yard sales going:  from Baltimore to St. Louis!  For 9 years now, beginning on the Wednesday following Memorial Day, churches, museums, stores, and plain old… [Read More]

A Visit to St. Paul’s School

Late on a February Tuesday morning, I packed a pile of books and papers into the back of my car and drove south and then east along some winding Indiana roads that led me further and further into the country. An hour and fifteen minutes later, I arrived at one of the most charming little… [Read More]

Postscript to Just Fine the Way They Are

You might think that, when a book is published, the story it tells is finished. Not true! In the final illustration for the picture book Just Fine the Way They Are, Richard Walz reaches into a mythical future to imagine what a post-automobile era might look like. He envisions a jet-pack like invention – a… [Read More]

Just For You Teachers

When I asked two educators to create lesson plans for Just Fine the Way They Are, I had no idea how far the term “lesson plan” had evolved since my days as a first grade teacher back in the 1970s. The “Social Studies/Transportation” resources they have written for home-school and classroom teachers are formatted just… [Read More]

Connie Interviewed by Simon Barrett of BloggerNews on

Connie will be interviewed Live by Simon Barrett of BloggerNews on at 1pm eastern on Wednesday, Oct 5th. Connie will talk about her latest book, Just Fine the Way They Are. Listen To The Show below… Listen to internet radio with Simon Barrett on Blog Talk Radio