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Kathrens’ Fascination with Cloud: Wild Stallion of The Rockies

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  • February 5, 2018
Ginger Kathrens Cloud Wild Stallion of the Rockies book review
Ginger Kathrens Cloud Wild Stallion of the Rockies book review
Cloud was originally published as a companion volume for public television’s Nature series, Cloud: The Wild Stallion of the Rockies, a documentary.

“Cloud: Wild Stallion Of The Rockies” is a stunning collection of photographs and memories by Ginger Kathrens, an Emmy-winning TV producer, documentarian, and founder of The Cloud Foundation. Cloud is Kathren’s newly-revised companion book that was inspired by the PBS documentary “Nature” series of the same name. 

What makes Cloud’s story so compelling and magical?

Readers take the journey with Kathrens as she so eloquently describes in detail her first encounter with Cloud when she discovered him while the colt was being born. Her emotional attachment continued for five years as Cloud experienced life among dangerous conditions, ranging from predators to trappers and older stallions.

Her film career and admiration for wild horses has taken her throughout the world for The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, NATURE, the BBC, PBS, and National Geographic.

Kathrens’ keen ability to tell her stories makes this an ideal book for the entire family.

Cloud: Wild Stallion Of The Rockies was published by Fox Chapel Publishing/CompanionHouse Books. Visit Buy on 


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50 Super Cool Fidget Spinner Activities to Take on the Road

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  • September 10, 2017
Fidget Spinner Book Review by Joan Mead-Matsui

Spin on Fidget Spinners

Tricks to Take on the Road

Book review and information for the itinerant traveler to make life more enjoyable while you’re on the road. 


Fidget Spinner Book Review by Joan Mead-Matsui
Inspired by “Fun With Fidget Spinners: 50 Super cool Tricks & Activities,” my nephew, Andrew, practices a forehead spin. Photos by Joan Mead-Matsui, travel writer and photographer. 

What do kids fall back on when they’re bored? Of course, most children FIDGET.

Travel by car, plane or train can drain a kid’s patience. When my son, Yoshi, bought his first Fidget Spinner, I thought the constant buzzing sound coming from my car’s back seat was REALLY annoying. But the idea behind this toy makes sense for children who are by nature, busy, young human beings inclined to keep their hands and minds busy at all times.

Fidget Spinner Review by Joan Mead-Matsui
“FUN WITH FIDGET SPINNERS: 50 Super Cool Tricks & Activities” teaches kids the ABCs of Fidget Spinner tricks.

“Fun With Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks & Activities,” by David King of “Geek Bite” – with Colleen Dorsey & Katie Weeber, is the bible, or guidebook to the ABCs of fidget spinning tricks. If you’ve never seen a Fidget Spinner, it’s a multi-lobed flat toy that spins on its axis, resulting in a gentle hum or buzzing noise. They were invented as far back as 1993 but became popular in spring 2017.

Fun with Fidget Spinners review by Joan Mead-Matsui
My nephews, (shown from left to right) Matthew, Noah, and Andrew, review some of author David King’s basic tricks kids of all ages can practice.

With some practice, kids can show off their skills with “The Hot Potato,” “The Tower of Power,” “Dinner is Served,” and 14 other impressive tricks. “Stop Fidgeting’ and Other Bad Advice,” and “The Origin Story” are two bonus items kids will also find entertaining. Tricks and activities are categorized for the beginner, intermediate and advanced fidgeters.

Fun With Fidget Spinners is published by Design Originals, an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishing. For more details, or to buy a copy, visit


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