HL interviews Logan Manford, owner of BLōFISH Clothing, who is looking to upend the norm behind traditional, gender-specificTVT_2778-530x800 clothing and change things for good with what he calls, “the world’s first non-gender-specific clothing company.”


HL: How did you come to the idea of a non-gender specific clothing label?

Logan from BLōFISH: While on a cruise with some friends we began discussing t-shirts and how we liked each others’ clothing.  The conversation quickly evolved into how it was difficult to find certain styles of clothing in the size one of my friends wanted. She said the Men’s section had the style, but often the fit was not right.  The boy’s section may have the fit close, but the styles were not the same.  All of us at the table began to discuss how many of us wear the same clothes anyway and it was stupid to me to distinguish between men’s and women’s clothing, and thus the idea of BLōFISH was born.


HL: What has the response been like?

Logan from BLōFISH: Perhaps the best part of starting this company has been the amount of people and different communities who have embraced our idea and our message.  The LGBT community has been so welcoming it’s almost unbelievable.  Wherever we go, be it Texas, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, you name it, everyone has opened their arms and let us into their community.  Our message, “All For All,” is one that includes everyone and since we do not really believe labels have much of a use, different types of communities can join our movement seamlessly.  The yoga community along with the fitness community have also been very generous to us and helped spread the message across the country.


HL: How would you say creating this company has changed or opened your life?

Logan from BLōFISH: This company has opened my life up exponentially.  I have always dreamed of owning my own company, one that has a social aspect behind and is able to use its success to help others.  While we still have a lot we want to do, 10% of our sales go straight to charity, and we are able to give to many different groups of people by rotating charities each month.  BLōFISH has allowed me to live my dream and travel across the country spreading our message to many amazing people that I never would have met otherwise.


HL: If you had any advice to give to your younger self, what would it be?

Logan from BLōFISH: If I had any advice to my younger self it would be to be more confident.  We are all born with unique gifts and talents, and those often shape our lives.  On the other hand (and in my opinion more importantly), I believe we can do anything we want, no matter what our “natural” gifts and talents are.  Looking back at my life and comparing the “successes” of my life to the “not so successful” outcomes there is one thing that clearly differentiates them, the confidence and belief I had in myself.  To sum it up in a sentence I would tell myself, “always follow your dreams and BELIEVE they will happen.”

Liz Olsson

Liz Olsson

Founder Scott Tayloe met Liz Olsson, an LGBT ally and mother of two, serendipitously on a recent flight. Scott was inspired by her open-mindedness and the importance she places on raising a welcoming family.  Read on to hear her inspiring voice.

I grew up in the Atlanta suburbs in the 80’s and early 90’s. There’s so much history to the civil rights movement based here, and I was always really passionate about racial justice and discrimination issues.  I’m thrilled that such great strides have been made in that regard, although clearly there is still a lot of work to be done.  And while I have always considered myself an LGBT ally, when I was younger, it was a much less informed kind of support.  Although I had gay friends, we never talked about real issues, and it was certainly never a topic of conversation amongst my straight friends.   When I graduated from college, I moved from Atlanta to San Francisco, just to see something new and explore the world.  I quickly met my now husband and I remember being slightly shocked when on our first date, during the requisite getting to know you chit chat, he mentioned his brother is gay.  Coming from such a conservative area, I would never have expected a potential new boyfriend to just drop that into casual conversation.   I was surprised and really admired how it was such a “non-thing” for him.

Living in San Francisco, with such a large LGBT population was a great learning experience for me, and something I wanted to be sure my kids would learn long before they were young adults.  My daughter and son have never even questioned anything about their Uncle Bruce and his boyfriends/partners over the years.  Many of their friends had families that were diverse in so many ways.  It was just a fact of life and probably held no more interest for them than discussing who had an Italian background or where someone’s parent worked.

When we moved back to the more conservative South, we knew we would have to be vigilant against the broader culture undoing the seeds we had sown. I have many friends who make sure to let their kids know that “it’s OK to be gay,” born out of good intentions.  But there is something implicitly “other” in that approach.  We knew that if our kids were gay (or anywhere on the whole identity/preference spectrum ), I didn’t want them to feel like it was a flaw that we accepted because we love them.  From the time my kids were little, we made sure to proactively communicate that we didn’t know who they were, but they could be anything and it is all wonderful.  We would say to both our son and our daughter things like, “When you grow up and find a man or a woman that you love…” or “when you are older, you might realize you are gay….”  Even kids who know their parents are generally supportive often find coming out to be terrifying.  Hopefully, my kids won’t bat an eye because we’ve been telling them all along that they might in fact be gay.

My son is now twelve, and fervent is his pursuit of fairness on many issues, including LGBT rights.  My daughter is fourteen and in her freshman year of high school.  Her closest circle of friends represent a rainbow of races and ethnic background which I love.  I don’t think she is even really aware of it…they are just her friends.  As it should be.  Her passion is around LGBT issues and equality, and I’m so very proud of her for that.  Many of her friends identify in lots of various ways both in sexual preference and gender identity.  She is an active member of her school’s GSA and she actively supports equality causes. I find myself learning from her – she just recently rolled her eyes at me because I didn’t know what “pansexual” meant…..”muuuth-eeerrr!” 🙂  In the same way I was so vocal about racial issues thirty years ago, she is now vocal around LGBT equality.  I feel like she, and her generation, are picking up the torch for the next great hurdle for justice facing our culture and I will do my best to support her and all of those who carry forward that light.

Patience, Love and Understanding: Tools My Parents Taught Me

Patience, Love and Understanding: Tools My Parents Taught Me


“From This Day Forward, A Documentary Film About a Different Sort of Family in Small Town America” is a generous glimpse into producer and director Sharon Shattuck’s family’s journey as her father came out as transgender.  A testimony not only to marriage but to a rare, steadfast loyalty, the film is an incredible illustration of what it means to make sacrifices in the name of true love.  Watching the film raises thought-provoking questions, many of which we asked Sharon herself.  Read on to be inspired.

One of the things many people experience as delightful about getting older and maturing is that we somehow develop the capacity — or compassion — to see more of who our parents are as individuals, outside the role of “mom” or “dad.”  What the process of true acceptance was like for you?  When and more importantly how did it actually begin or is it something you can pinpoint at all? 

For me, as I grow older, it gets easier to step outside of myself and empathize with the experience of others. For me, the change was gradual—I was mortified by my dad throughout elementary, middle school, and well into high school. Trisha (my dad) was very hands-on, and would come along on field trips, chaperone my dances, cheer me on at cross country meets—in general, Trisha was being a good and supportive parent. But it’s not what I wanted at the time, I wanted my independence, and I didn’t want to feel embarrassed. At some point in high school, as I read more, as I became more politically aware, and as my best friend came out as gay, I began to empathize more with my dad’s situation. Trisha still came to my cross country meets, but now I waved back from the starting line. I began to realize that my friends mostly knew about Trisha, even if they didn’t know the specifics of her story, and they didn’t seem to mind.

When I went to college, I was finally able to have the independence—and distance—that I craved. And during that time, as I hung out with my crew of LGBT and straight friends, I began to tell them about my dad, selectively, in small groups, and they were wonderfully supportive. But it took many more years to tell my family’s story in the New York Times as an Op Doc video, and to make this film.

The tenderness you feel for your father, and your entire family, is so very palpable and true in this film.  Your generosity in sharing such an intimate past, and what was at one time a deep source of shame for you is inspiring and moving.  How much of the making this film — clearly a loving tribute to your father and mother — was part of your journey towards understanding and accepting?

I started the film from a place of acceptance, personally, but I felt that there were still members of my family who were a bit behind me, on their journeys of acceptance. Our story is still messy, and there are unresolved strands, like in every family, I think. And when I set out to make this film, I wanted to talk about some of that stuff. For instance, the use of masculine versus feminine pronouns when referring to Trisha: no one in my family does it quite the same way, and Trisha had never sat us down and told us what she preferred. So, I just asked her, on camera. And then I relayed what Trisha told me to the rest of the family, and we talked about it.

In making the film, I did set out to understand the intricacies of my parent’s relationship, though, because that was one thing that I was completely in the dark about when I was younger. A lot of that, specifically their struggle to reconcile my mom’s attraction to men with her marriage to a transgender woman, was stuff I had never asked my parents about before. We’re stoic Midwesterners, for goodness sake! We don’t usually talk about sex or attraction or the grittier aspects of marriage.

Now that the film’s out, audiences have responded incredibly positively at every festival we’ve screened at. I think to my family, that response has been really affirming, really wonderful.

Can you talk a little bit about what it’s like to go from resistance and shame to an accepting, loving and open spirit?

For me, that change was really just me growing up, and realizing that there is more to the world, and to my family, than just me. So it was due to the twin forces of maturity and empathy. Going into college, I was mature enough to recognize that my dad was who she was, and nothing that I did or thought would change that. And knowing who Trisha is, knowing how sensitive and kind she is, it was easy to put myself in her shoes, once I was old enough to understand what was going on.

I will say that having distance from the situation when I went to college was helpful for me too—I was able to realize how much I liked and appreciated Trisha. I knew that I wanted her to stay in my life, so I made more of an effort to keep in touch and include her.

In the film, you say that much of your past feels unresolved.  Was there ever any rebellion on your part?  How did your resentment manifest as a child or teenager? And at what point did fear turn into courage?  

Of course there was rebellion on my part—when I was younger, it manifested in trying to be as independent as I could. Through high school, I would try to get rides home with my friends or their parents, so that Trisha wouldn’t be seen picking me up on campus. I would discourage Trisha from coming to my track meets or participating in any school activities (though she was eager to participate–that was always a big point of tension for us). I definitely spent some time drinking underage when I shouldn’t have, but for the most part my “rebellion” manifested in becoming almost too independent and mature for my age. I still have those qualities, though I think they’re a lot more helpful now!

I think fear turned into courage once I was in college, socializing with incredibly kind LGBTQ people. I felt like I had this big secret, and I wanted to tell them about my dad so that they would understand where I was coming from, why I felt so comfortable with them. Once I told them about Trisha, their response was, “cool.” They asked me questions and it was the first time I felt almost proud of my situation, like it wasn’t something to be ashamed of.

What kind of insight did your parents’ journey of commitment give you into what you’re signing up for in terms of marriage?  As an adult, it’s clear that your parents’ bond inspires you but at one time did it ever make you fearful of commitment or marriage?

Growing up, my parent’s bond was really an inspiration. There is nothing like seeing your parents kiss and hug in the morning, after 30 years of marriage. Seeing the way they handled disputes—by talking about it—was and is a guide for me.

I wasn’t fearful of getting married, but after seeing what my parents have gone through, I know that people can change a LOT over the course of a marriage, and those changes aren’t always as easy to track as they were with Trisha. So, I’m going to expect the unexpected in my marriage, and I’ll use the tools my parents taught me—patience, empathy, and understanding—to get through the bumps in the road ahead.

What has your life taught you about honesty? Both in terms of being truthful and honest with yourself and those you love?

Once I told my friends about Trisha, it was like a huge weight was lifted off me. And I think it’s a testament to Trisha’s character that she told my mom about her situation early on in their relationship. I’ve learned that it’s just so much easier to be honest, with yourself, with your family, and with those around you.

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Sophie and Holly Hanson: The American Dream

Sophie and Holly Hanson: The American Dream

When the beautiful, intelligent Sophie Hanson from Sweden first moved to California in December 2011 to attend school, she had no intention of settling in the U.S.  “I couldn’t see myself spending the rest of my life in a country where I’d be treated as a second class citizen. Growing up in Sweden, one of the most liberal countries in the world, I just wasn’t ready to give up my freedom and go back into the closet,” she says.

But then she met Holly on  “It wasn’t one of those intense, emailing back and forth 24/7 situations, it was more like a handful of messages back and forth that seemed pretty innocent.

Holly told me her realtor had given her a gift card to a high-end restaurant in Topanga, which also happened to be one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. She asked me if I wanted to join her for dinner, and I panicked. A first date at a high-end restaurant just seemed way too formal and too much of a commitment. I suggested coffee at Starbucks instead, and the rest is history.”

The couple had a rough start, struggling with unsupportive family members and friends.  “If anything, it brought us closer together and we learned a lot about who you can depend on and who will be there for you when it really matters,” Sophie said.  “A very valuable lesson.”

Now the two not only live together as wife and wife but also work together as business partners.  After a twenty year career in the finance industry, Holly wanted to change the dynamics of working at a traditional finance office.  Her vision was to put the client back in the driver seat, give back, and help serve an underserved community.  Harmony Financial was born.

“What we’re doing with Harmony is very unique. Our office is full of colors, fun paintings and comfortable couches.  Quite unconventional compared to a traditional cherry wood finance office where you sit behind your desk with the client across from you.  At Harmony we sit down on the couch with the client and take away the “authority” feeling. We’re not trying to tell our clients to do this and that – our goal is to help educate in a simple way so that our clients can make the best decisions for themselves and their family.”

Aside from making finance friendly, this exemplary couple also donates a lot of time and money to support local non-profit organizations and charities.  The couple works closely with the Los Angeles LGBT Centre  — their whole team at Harmony volunteers at different events on a monthly basis.

“We are planning on having kids within the next two to three years. With a brand new business and some concerns about where to raise kids, we wanted to make sure that we take it slow and make sure we’re not pulling the trigger until we’re as ready as can be.  We did pick a donor and bought vials through the California Cryobank. Our plan is for me to carry, but we do want to use Holly’s eggs.”

If you’re inclined to be as inspired as we are by Holly and Sophie like we are and want to take a few more cues from them, you can buy Holly’s book:  “LGBT & Modern Family Money Manual.” Find it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Heidi’s Story

Heidi’s Story

HeidiandbroGrowing up I didn’t play with Barbie.  I played with GI Joe.  The oldest of five kids and as the only girl, my mom tried to get me to wear a dress to church but I protested.  We compromised by wearing a long skirt instead.

I was raised Mormon, attended church on Sunday, seminary (similar to bible study) in the mornings before school and additional youth events which included temple trips.

When I was fifteen, my life as I now know it began.  It started when my parents “outed” me by asking if I had a girlfriend.  I said yes, was forced to see a therapist, told by the Mormon church that if I “didn’t change my ways, I would be excommunicated from the church.”   They said I (a fifteen year old kid) would be the reason that my family wouldn’t be together in heaven; all because of my “sexual preference.”  I didn’t know it at the time but that moment pronounced my way forward in the world.

Six months later, at fifteen and a half, I moved out of my parents house and in with a couple family friends.  At sixteen, I paid my own rent. I moved in with my girlfriend at the time which was the first time in my life I could truly be myself.  While my relationship with my girlfriend freed me, my relationship with my family was strained and distant.

At eighteen, I was managing my own pizza store of a major franchise.  I was struggling but persevering.  Little by little my parents began to see the accomplishments I was making and asked to meet my girlfriend.  They realized that my sexuality wasn’t a “phase” that I would grow out of, and truly accepted my lifestyle and embraced me.  Over the next few years, we slowly got back to where things were before.  They stopped going to church because they were upset with how the church treated me (amongst other reasons where the churches true colors were shown).

I never let my sexuality define my path in life or hold me back.  I used it as fuel to overcome any challenges that presented themselves.  I was always proud of who I was and the accomplishments I’ve made professionally and personally.  I continued to advance my professional sales career even in environments that weren’t welcoming to the LGBTQ community.  I quickly got out of those environments because I was not willing to make a company money that didn’t accept me.  This has led me to Hayden’s List where I hope to have a major part in eliminating discrimination for future generations.

Now, I look back at my life through these hardships and recognize the arduous path that brought me to the remarkable place where I am now.  Later this month, I’ll be marrying my future wife and gaining two amazing stepsons and my family are our biggest supporters!  (I think my mom texts my partner more than me at times which is amazing.)

I think what I would tell someone going through similar struggles of coming out and being accepted by family is that it takes time.  You have to focus on yourself, what makes you happy and control what you can control – which is you!  Just as it may have taken you years to feel comfortable to come out to yourself, you’ll have to factor in an equal amount of time for your family to come to terms with who you are.  So be patient, make yourself happy and everything will fall into place.  It certainly has for me.

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Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs

There are those who create a family by pure accident and there are those who plan.  Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs are the planning types.  Before they were ever married, the couple saved for when the time came to have a family.  After the two tied the knot, they forwent the traditional wedding gift route, asked for cash instead of gifts — a choice that Miss Manners says is perfectly acceptable nowadays.  They poured their hard-earned savings and even raised money through crowdfunding in order to be able to afford their dream: a family.

Hanna and Riggs set a new bar for today’s modern family.  Two gay men, married in the State of Texas where same-sex marriage is not recognized, with two biological boys, half brothers born at the same time with different fathers but the same mother.  Sound complicated?  It is, compared to your average hetero couple’s family.  To make matters even more complicated, when the boys were born, Texas denied the couple’s adoption of their own biological children.

State laws upheld that two men couldn’t be on a birth certificate, so the couple petitioned in court where they had DNA testing done and petitioned the judge to remove the surrogate from the birth certificate, who was in no way biologically tied to the children.  Each father wanted to adopt his own son and then proceed to the second-parent adoption.  Unfortunately, the entire petition was denied.  According to Texas law, second parent adoptions have to be between two married people.  Because the couple weren’t married in the eyes of the state, it was up to the judge’s discretion whether or not to grant the adoption.

Hanna and Riggs are forever grateful to those who have helped them along the way.  “Family Equality Council and Equality Texas were instrumental,” says Hanna, “in helping us find the appropriate resources and channels to get our case through the court system.”

Hanna and Riggs pay their gratitude forward and then some.  In 2009, when their sons Lucas and Ethan were still a mere twinkle in their eyes, Jason and Joe began hosting a small Christmas party where close friends could gather for some holiday cheer.  The event started as a tree decorating event the first year and evolved into a Toys for Tots drive the following.

Sadly, two years after they began the cocktail party toy drive, Jason’s mother was diagnosed with cancer.  She battled bravely but Jason lost his mother four months later.  The couple wanted to honor her by giving to a cause she believed in; children suffering from disease.  Thus, The Teddy Bear Party was born.  What started as an annual gathering among friends and loved ones has turned into a philanthropy in memory of Jason’s mother whose beneficiaries include Children’s Health in Dallas, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Equality Texas and the Family Equality Council. Since the first year as the Teddy Bear Party, they have donated over 2,000 teddy bears and over $49,000 to its beneficiaries.

It was at the annual Family Equality Council fundraising dinner in Los Angeles this past March where HL Founder, Scott Tayloe and his husband Josh first heard about this extraordinary couple.  The couple were being recognized for their generosity and FEC asked them to share the moving story of their adoption.

HL Founder, Scott Tayloe says, ”In my eyes Jason and Joe were parents far before their boys were born. A parent is someone who protects their children and does everything to ensure that they grow up in a safe and loving home. Before their family ever came to be, they were already fighting that fight.”

All their paying forward, it seems, eventually came full circle and right back to Jason and Joe.  Despite their petition being denied the first time and the court dismissing the case, they filed in another court.  This time, another judge granted their adoption.  Today,  Jason and Joe are the lawful fathers of their own biological children.

“They are a true inspiration to the LGBT community and to all parents taking the journey to start their own family,” says Tayloe.

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Mr. Omar Currie: The Fairy Tale Teacher

Mr. Omar Currie: The Fairy Tale Teacher

Two kings and one inspiring teacher


Once upon a time in a far away place called The Netherlands, two artist friends, Stern Nijland and Linda de Haan, decided to work together once a week illustrating a project.  Because they both loved fairy tales, they established the parameters of their project: it begin with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after.” Working side by side at the same table, at the same time, on the same paper, they focused on their drawings.  Their illustrations soon bore a story about a prince who doesn’t fall in love with the most beautiful princess in the world, but instead with her brother.  The artwork was their main focus.  The story they ended up with they say, was “sort of a nice side effect.”

When their book was published in 2002, De Haan and Nijland were thrilled.  Little did these artists from this faraway land know that their whimsical illustration project would become a much talked-about book across the Atlantic for more than a decade to come. Since 2000, attempts to ban the book have ended up in court across the nation.

In Oklahoma in 2005, senators wanted to relegate the book to the adult section of the library.  Because of its “controversial content” it was decided it would be placed out of reach of children and must not be placed on bookshelves lower than sixty inches or five feet from the ground.  (Side note: to ride most roller coasters you must be at least forty-two inches tall).

The book’s most recent controversy was stirred up last week in a North Carolina elementary school.  As it happens all over the world, children were being children in Mr. Omar Currie’s class.  When the bullying began, Mr. Currie did what came naturally — he seized the moment, recognizing it as teaching opportunity.  He decided to read his third grade class “King & King” by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland.

“When the student first approached me about the bullying I considered reporting it to the office, said Currie.  “I quickly decided against this because I knew that would end with the student only encountering more bullying in retaliation. Many mistakenly see punishment and consequences as the way to solve behavior issues in our classrooms and schools.  While consequences can have a short term benefit, it is unlikely that the punishment will change the student’s behavior. However, if I read a book about acceptance that reflected the very difference they were bullying the student over, it might begin a dialogue and then a lasting change.”

And begin a dialogue it certainly did.  When we reached out to the authors of “King & King” about their book being in headlines across the U.S. as a result of Mr. Currie’s actions, they had this to say: “First of all, it was very surprising to us that the book stirred up so much commotion. This is still the case, after all those years, since we made the book not as a special theme book but more as another, special fairy tale about love. The picture does not really show a kiss.  It’s more like when you watch a cartoon and zoom out at the end: living happily ever after. In our opinion it is not a shocking image in any way.  Did we have a preconceived idea that this was the first same sex kiss? No, we did not even think about that,” says Nijland.Kingkiss

“We heard about the teacher and have seen a few reports about it,” says de Haan.  “Bizarre. We think the teacher (and the children and school) don’t deserve all this commotion. We hope he stays at the school, parents should be proud wt h a brave teacher, and we think he might make the difference over there.”

When he made the decision to read the book, the thought his school would be supportive of his decision.  “Oh how wrong I was,” Currie said.   In an article written by Billy Ball in says that since his decision to read the book, “…school officials—prompted by parents’ complaints—held a public hearing in the school’s gym and reviewed the book twice to determine if it should be banned. Both times the school’s Media Review Committee sided with keeping the book, but the school’s principal, Kiley Brown, mandated a policy forcing teachers to notify parents of every book read in the classroom—a policy Currie adamantly opposes.”

“I truly believe love, compassion, and understanding are the three things that could fix the root of bullying,” Curry says.  “As their teacher, my students trust I will keep them safe. I cannot do this when I fail to give certain groups equal representation in my classroom and within my instructional decisions. When we are silent we “otherize” groups, and we create the social structures that lead to bullying.

Silence is the true danger.  Currie recognizes this as do entire cultures, like the Dutch, which have a history of being a more open and accepting society than the U.S. About those who’ve wanted to ban the book over the years, Nijland says, “For me this is simply unbelievable. Because it is an innocent children’s book. When you tell small children this is a forbidden book, it probably only makes them want to read it even more. Parents can make the decision not to take the book home, or not to by it. There is nothing explicit or sexual about the book. It is a happy colorful love story about two princes. I believe some parents are afraid of the contents of the book and how it might affect their children. Maybe some people believe same sex love is a disease, even contagious. Maybe they are afraid it will plant some seeds in their children’s minds, which I believe is not possible in a bad way.  Maybe if people read the book it will change their mind and maybe that will see it has no shocking content.”

De Haan and Nijland believe it’s important for children to learn about different kinds of families.  “…when you tell them in a nice, friendly way about this, especially at a young age, children take for granted that this is just a part of life,” says Nijland. “Small children don’t feel it’s strange or bad about it.  There are all kinds of families and relationships in life, why not in books? A fairy tale picture book seems like a nice way to do that. For older children, who struggle with their identity or sexuality, it is important that there a stories and book that they can relate to!  And for all children that grow up in ‘different’ families, it is important that these books are available, to show them: look, your family is normal too, for them to feel accepted by for instance classmates.

Nijland and Stern have not let the controversy stop them from forging ahead.  In 2004, the artists wrote a sequel to “King & King” called “King & King & Family,” about how the kings visit a jungle while on their honeymoon and see that all kinds of creatures from different walks of life have families.  They feel something is missing in their life but they aren’t quite sure what.  When they return home, a little girl pops out of their suitcase and they decide to name her Daisy, adopt her and raise her as a princess.  (The book, however, we were disappointed to hear, is unfortunately out of print.)

As the Dutch artists had hoped, Mr. Currie has indeed made the difference.  A teacher who embraces lifelong learning, he works tirelessly and passionately to enable discovery for his students.  “I purposefully chose the theme of ‘explorers’ for my classroom so my children will be ready to face the challenges of a twenty-first century global society. It is my goal to push both my children and myself to be innovative thinkers and strive for a compassionate understanding of the world we live in.”

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