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Explaining Thanksgiving to Europeans

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Americans know the story of how Native Americans saved Pilgrims from starvation back in 1620 by teaching them to tap maple trees, plant corn and fertilize soil, but I have been trying to explain Thanksgiving to Europeans for decades. They remain bewildered by our Thanksgiving, a journée de remerciements. They think it is the only day of the year […]

My book: Home Sweet Hardwood

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Home Sweet Hardwood, A Title IX Trailblazer Breaks Barriers Through Basketball looks like a basketball book, but don’t let the title fool you, the real story is about the courage it takes to pursue one’s dreams.

It is an amazing journey through the resiliency of the human spirit. Possessing remarkable grace in the face of numerous adversities, McKinzie shows readers that it’s not about the challenges faced, but rather how we handle each hurdle in life. By emphasizing the importance of pursuing dreams, this touching story inspires readers of all ages not to give up their aspirations.