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Coming back to my temporary apartment in Greenwich Village last night after the play rehearsal, I passed a sports bar that was open to the street...inside everyone was watching the Celtics/Lakers game; I was able to stop and see that the good guys were ahead. I was too tired to stay up for the end of the game but in the morning there was a text message on my cell from my son:  YES!  it said; so I knew the Celtics had won.


Today I had to go up to the NPR studios on 42nd Street to tape an interview for All Things Considered about "The Willoughbys"...odd to shift gears that way, since I have been thinking "Gossamer" all week.  I took the bus back to Greenwich Village and clicked this photo at 31st Street...



Willoughbys How weird is THAT?!


The rehearsals for the play continue to go well, and you might enjoy reading the blog at the Oregon Childrens Theater website, where Stan Foote, the director, who is here, is blogging about the experience, as is his intern, Olivia, who is also here.

http://octc.org/mublog/

Night before last, at rehearsal, Stan had the actors do scenes out of sequence in order to follow the trajectory of individual characters, which enabled me to see their development...their journeys, as it were...or lack thereof!...and then to re-write in order to delineate their growth.  The boy's mother, portrayed in three separate monologues, in each of which she is talking on the telephone, was at first too quickly re-habbed, too soon happy and successful. Even though as reader or audience, we want that for her...still it wouldn't happen that perfectly and neatly. Rewritten (and incidentally beautifully performed by actor Lisa Vasfeilo) she now is someone who is realistically moving forward slowly, sometimes stumbling, very vulnerable.

A dog, Toby, is an important character in both book and play. During this workshop, the actor, Alex Siriani, who plays Most Ancient, doubles as Toby and is a lively and appealing mutt...he's going to need kneepads to do the role!  I had wondered, originally, how theaters would present the dog. Stan says that he will use an actor, as he is doing here. Jeff, the director in Milwaukee, is thinking: puppet.  No, not a Punch-and-Judy type, but a sophisticated puppet attached to a human...it could work well.  Such is the magic of theater.

Last night's rehearsal entered into that magical realm, where the script, the writing, is not at all as important as the staging. Stan worked with the actors on the nightmare scenes.  Much of that, in the real production, will be enhanced by lighting and by sound, and that isn't available to us here for the final staged reading. But he and the actors are together choreographing the nightmares and creating their own sound effects; singing that begins in a traditional way and then becomes distorted and frightening, for example; body movement that slows and jerks and halts.

Here is Stan in his baseball cap, working with the actors who are on the stage. In the red blouse is Teresa Fisher, who plays The Woman, and who tells me she has a background as a social worker and play therapist...so she really knows what this little boy (John, in the play; there he is, over Stan's left shoulder, being played by Brian Mahoney) is going through.

Stan and cast
I'm not sure what Stan will work on tonight...maybe more on the nightmares. In any case, whatever it is, it will be fascinating for me to watch him at work. Stan has a great way with actors, encouraging them, teaching them...liking them, understanding what they need from him, and letting them loose when he knows what they have on their own.

Yay Celtics. Yay Stan. Yay New York.
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First read-through

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Last night (Sunday) was the evening that began the workshopping-of-Gossamer-the-Play. If I can successfully move the snapshot from my cell phone to this site, you will see a group of actors sitting around a table, along with me (playwright), Stan (director) and Cecily (dramaturg). First, the entire play was read straight through, with very few interruptions (although Actors Equity requires a ten minute break every hour and twenty minutes) and then it was read a second time, (but without the stage directions being read this time) with the director  stopping things now and then for (sometimes lengthy) discussion about a particular character, or the relationship between characters in a scene, how the characters were evolving, or what exactly we were trying to do, with a bit of dialogue. There was some trying things different ways, some experimentation.  My role was mostly listening, and I did that with enormous interest and appreciation for the hard work everyone else was putting into it..


This morning I re-wrote two scenes, one centering on The Woman and John (you'll recognize these characters if you've read the book. Otherwise: trust me); and the other with Fastidious, Most Ancient, Thin Elderly, and Littlest..a lot of fast-paced dialogue there, some argument, some interruption and quick back-and-forth among the quartet of characters.

Tonight we will rehearse again for four hours, with the two re-written scenes inserted. Probably some of it will still be reading around the table; but also, Stan, the director, would like to have actors up on their feet, moving around a bit.  The concluding performance next weekend will be a "staged reading"; it will not be simply standing or sitting, reading the script; nor will it be fully staged, of course....but something in between.

Gossamer reading The actors provided sound effects, sometimes hilariously...those things will all be done by the sound technicians when the play is actually produced, of course.  We had a pretty good owl hoot, though, a lot of loud heavy breathing when necessary, some not-too-great horse whinnies, and a terrific woof-and-whine dog.

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Seeing the past

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I spent yesterday afternoon on the island where i lived when I was 15, 16, and 17 years old...  It was a very hot day- and I was going on from there to dinner and the theater -  so I didn't want to have a camera dangling around my neck; but I wish I had been able to take better pictures.  This is just a snapshot with my cell phone, of the house where I lived....but what you can't see is that from the windows in the back of the house, you looked out to the water of New York Harbor, and beyond it to the skyline of Manhattan, a 7-minute boat ride (one I took each morning to school) away.


It was an incredible place to live and it was very nostalgic, being back there.  It is now a national park, open to the public in summer, free boat rides over, and bike rentals available on the island.  People were picnicking on what had once been my front lawn. ( In the 50's, when I lived there, no non-authorized people were allowed on the island. We who lived there had special passes that we carried and had to show to the military police  when we went back and forth.)

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Re-visiting an island

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I couldn't get a very good scan, unfortunate]y, of this new paperback book cover for MESSENGER; it goes with the two previous in the trilogy, in their adult versions...by which I mean intended to be in the adult, vs. the young-adult, sections of bookstores.  I like these covers; the first is green, the second blue, and this third one is brownish red...(it appears much redder in this scan)... each of them with two artfully-posed hands. I think they're quite evocative.



Messenger aperback  Tomorrow morning I leave for New York, and on Saturday I will be speaking informally on Governors Island, down off the lower tip of Manhattan...the island where I lived when I was 15, 16, and 17. In those days the island was occupied by the US Army; now the buildings remain, some of them quite historic; but the island itself has been given back to the city of New York and will become a park. Tour groups are beginning to be allowed over there, and I'll just be describing what it was like to grow up on such an amazing piece of real estate.

It will be fascinating to see my big old house, though I understand the houses, once elegant, are becoming quite derelict and will probably be torn down.  

My little brother Jon attended elementary school on the island but those of us past 8th grade had to go each morning by boat to Manhattan and from there make our ways to the various schools we attended.  Many kids went by a second boat to a public high school on Staten Island, some by subway uptown to private schools like Spence or Collegiate; and me by train to Brooklyn Heights to a private school for girls called Packer (which now has for many years also had male students)  Others of my island friends went to boarding schools. It was a wonderful place to live and I don't think I appreciated how lucky I was at the time.

In my memoir called "Looking Back" there is this photograph of me in a white dress, 17 years old, the day I graduated from Packer in 1954; it was taken on the lawn of the house on Governors Island.  I've not been back to the island since I went off to college that fall. My parents moved to Washington DC while I was a freshman at Brown.  June1954



Then for the next week, in New York,  I will be working with the cast and director and dramaturg for the stage production of "Gossamer"    You can go to the website for Oregon Childrens Theatre...www.octc.org.... and read about their plans for the play, or to http://www.firststage.org for the First Stage in Milwaukee, which will also produce Gossamer in the fall.

Red Sox at 6:05 tonight. Dinner in front of the TV, I think. 






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That time again

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After a week of cool rainy weather...followed by a couple of hot sunny days...the gardens have flung themselves into summer. And wouldn't you know it, I have to leave Maine Wednesday, day after tomorrow, for ten days.


Alfie & peonies Alfie has been having a wonderful vacation (there he is peeking from behind a bush) with various company...which he loves...coming and going (no visiting dogs this time, alas).

Clematis By the time I return, there will be plenty of other things in bloom but I do hate to say goodbye to the peonies and lupine be cause they will be gone when I return.






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Back garden My friend Nancy was here for the weekend and being an organized person, she sorted out all of my spices...threw away everything with overdue expiration dates...and alphabetized them. Is that a great friend, or what?!

Now I am back at work, at my computer, and experiencing an odd phenomenon: a story nudging at me: a setting, and some characters...and none of it/them part of what I've been working on. So tomorrow I may turn my attention there and see what's going on. It would not be the first time I've been sideswiped by a stranger. You learn to pay attention to such things, startling though they are..

Alfie was bathed and groomed last week by the local dog groomer; and I had my hair cut by the local haircutter; and tomorrow I'm getting my car washed by the local car washer. All of these services are provided just as capably....but considerably less expensively...in Maine, rather than Massachusetts.

The price of gas, though, is just as high. Some things don't change.

I filled the birdbath just after I took this picture! It's hot for the birds, too. A wild turkey strutted across the lawn yesterday, looking disgruntled.
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Flowers of several sorts

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I am now back in Maine...for the summer, though I have large chunks of interrupted Maine time coming up...and was pleased to see the gardens looking beautiful (thanks, Lucia, master gardener) and my new bathroom looking great (thanks, Dan and Darel, master remodelers) and my little town here starting to rev up for summer tourists.  I stopped in the local bookstore, always one of my first stops, and though neither Justin nor Pam (the owners) were there, I look forward to seeing them soon. In the meantime, I bought a book on Saturday which I have just finished, (on Tuesday, despite having had company here)....and am recommending it highly: "The Blood of Flowers" by Anita Amirrezvani.  Yet if someone had said to me: "Want to read a book about 17th century Persia?" I probably would have said (politely, of course): "Ah, no thanks."  But I would have been wrong.


USCoverIt is a moving and luminous portrait of a lost culture, and a reminder that the real tenets of Islam have little to do with today's terrorists who have co-opted that religion.

I am always sad when I finish a book that I love.  And it was her first novel, so I can't rush to find another by her.









Now here are a couple of other things to look at. But first, a little background.  My first-grader grandson, Rhys, 7 years old, recently expressed an interest in photography. So he was given a camera. Rhys-like, he refused any offers of instructions or advice. Instead, off he went on his own.

Here is one of his first photographs:


Poppy by rhys
















And here is an image from a more famous poppy-lover, Georgia O'Keeffe:

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Correction

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i said on an earlier post, talking about my much-loved Kindle, that one flaw..for me...was no pictures.  I kept wanting to see Joni Mitchell as a teenager, when the book was describing her early years.  Frustrating.
But since then: I've read (by Kindle) the Barbara Walters memoir...and voila! Photographs. So I was mistaken. And that is one lament about the Kindle that I can let go of.  Except for "Girls Like Us"...no photos. Go figure.

Also, speaking of photos, one other one from my Pennsylvania trip.  I was close to—but didn't go to—the area called Pine Grove Furnace (now a state park; the "furnace" is because there was once an iron-ore mining operation in those mountains, and a blast furnace; the stone ruins of the furnace are still there. The open pit mine filled up with water a century ago.  We swam there as children and told ghost stories about the bodies of men and mules in its depths)  Being so close made me google it while I was between events at the college, and in doing so I came up with some photos (attached) of what had once been a grist mill; I used photographs of it in my book "The Silent Boy."  After it burned, my grandmother restored it (you can tell, comparing with the old photo of the mill when it was in operation in the 19th century) that the top floor was gone, after the fire) Mill #2 Mill #3 and turned it into a summer home; it was where I spent summer vacations as a child, and where my grandparents were married, and later, my cousin Betty.  Now it houses the visitor center of the state park, and the porches I remember have all been removed.  

Thank you for being patient with this trip down memory lane.

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Is the doctor in?

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Ben and Lois 5:08 It has been such a long while since I have posted anything here that now I must go all the way back to Mother's Day, playing catch-up; and here I am on that holiday, in Maine, having lunch with my youngest child, Ben, who is a lawyer in Portland.
They always say that the black flies are rampant in Maine from Mother's Day to Father's Day and indeed they were starting in, that Sunday. I left Maine the next day and I hope the bugs aren't too bad there now because Ben is taking his little boys hiking in the mountains this coming weekend.

Much as I would have loved staying in Maine—bugs and all—I had to get back to real life because of several commitments: one a very nice evening in Maynard, MA, speaking as part of their author series there. I had intended using a power point presentation as I often do, but for some reason we couldn't get the computer/projector to work...so I just went ahead and started talking, planning on an occasional "If the pictures were on the screen, you would be seeing..."  etc. but a man in the audience crept up to the front, fiddled with the equipment, and suddenly: voila!  There were the photographs.  No idea who he was but he saved the day and should have gotten a standing ovation.

The day after that, I flew to Pennsylvania for a very nostalgic trip. Wilson College was giving me an honorary degree; and in fact, Wilson College was where my grandmother and her four sisters all graduated, as well as my mother and my cousin; and Great Aunt Kate got an honorary degree from Wilson man years ago as well.  My three great aunts all lived right beside the campus, and as I looked out on the house 918  (attached, from my cell phone) where so often I was taken for Sunday dinner as a child, I felt (and said in my commencement speech) as if my mother had just smoothed my hair and reminded me about my manners.

So now I am Doctor Doctor Doctor (this being my third honorary degree)...all unearned, but not unappreciated.

OKay. Here is a quandry I've been having.  Recently I received the following e-mail message from a young boy:  Hi, you sent me a reply to my question about your faith except you told me about your religion not what you believe or have faith in, my teacher pointed that out. So if you could answer these questions again, but this time about faith not religion. 

 I don't specifically remember his previous email, but I recall replying to someone..probably him...that I liked and agreed with what I had heard the Dalai Lama say: "My religion is kindness."  But apparently his teacher wants more from me, and although I have answered this email, I am still thinking about it ... because there will be others like it...and I don't want to be rude or evasive, but at the same time, I don't really feel comfortable answering such a question.  And in fact that's what I replied to this boy (and his teacher).

At the same time, I realize that if he had asked whom I am supporting in the presidential election, I would have said Obama without hesitating. Why does one question feel intrusive to me, but the other doesn't?  

And speaking of the presidential election, my dear friend Susan Goodman's new book "See How They Run" has just come out, and you should all, in fact, run to the bookstore and buy it. I've just sent it to my fourth-grade grandson.  It's a very clear, readable..and funny!...explanation of the American electoral process.

And here it is!!!


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Tread, tread, tread

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Here is Alfie, supervising the set-up of a treadmill in my studio in Maine. I have one in Cambridge but soon will move up to Maine for the summer and need to continue trudging away. My friend Kay has convinced (make that coerced) me to go with her in January to a place that I am thinking of as Torture Resort (see website: http://www.theashram.com) so I have to prepare myself. Kay doesn't need to; Kay is always prepared! As I speak she is leaving for Peru to hike the Inca Trail; and she spends time each day at the gym, or rowing on the Charles River, but only of course when she is not off trekking the tundra of northern Canada.

The childish part of me (my main component part, actually) would like to say, of Kay, "Well, nyah, nyah, she can't write a book!" but the fact is she is in the middle of writing a book right now, while she is on sabattical from her teaching chores at Harvard.

The treadmill allows me to prop up my Kindle and read while treading, and I have just finished Barbara Walters' much-publicized memoir. In it she mentions a question she sometimes asks during interviews: 'What do you think is the biggest misconception that people hold about you?' So I have been thinking about that, and mentioned it to Martin (who arrived here yesterday) over a glass of wine last night. I told him that my first response was "that I am well-organized."

Then, after a second, I said, "But I am pretty well-organized, actually," and he agreed.

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Darel

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Darel

Here is Darel. As I am out in the studio trying to create a new book, Darel is on the second floor of my house trying to create a new bathroom.


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And he's doing a great job.


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A Sea of Daffodils

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Daffoldils

I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

IN my first book about Anastasia Krupnik...and that's its title....she, at age 10, accompanies her father to a Harvard English class in which he is teaching this Wordsworth poem to his bored students. Walking home with him afterward, they talk about "the inward eye which is the bliss of solitude" and the little girl realizes that her grandmother, in a nursing home, has such an inward eye....memory....that provides company for her.

I love inserting literary references into fiction for young people. Recently, in the book "Messenger," after the death of the character Matty, I quoted the second verse of this Houseman poem, "To an Athlete Dying Young":

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears:

Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.

So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.

And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl's.

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Script tinkering

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Play rehearsals for "Gossamer" have begun in Milwaukee, and that means the playwright is back at work. Funny how you don't perceive stuff until director and actors begin working with it. Jeff Frank, the director, emailed me that the transition from Scene 1 to Scene 2 didn't work well...getting the characters from one place to the next was difficult, but what if we...? And he was right. I re-wrote Scene 1 and now, he tells me, that problem is solved.

Now I am about to deal with a number of other thoughts/suggestions from Jeff after he held a reading in front of an audience. This is the type of thing (I hope he doesn't mind my posting his quote here):

As much as I love scene 17 and the humor within (which I think is necessary in the rhythm of the piece), I do feel that it goes on too long – interrupting the build in tension for too great a time. We also lose some of the dramatic tension in the scene if we venture too far into the humorous aspect.

Of course this is the sort of collaborative work that ultimately strengthens the play and for which I'm very grateful. It's fun, actually, to trim and tighten with the help of such input.

He also mentioned the possibililty of switching scenes 14 and 16 with each other and this is something I'll look at when I have a little more time to sit and think. Today I am flying to Newport News, Virginia, in order to speak at a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony there tonight. But I'll be home tomorrow (Friday) and back at my desk.

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Back on the East Coast

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It is actually warmer here than it was in Beverly Hills. Think I just hit a cool snap out there.

My next trip in this non-stop spring will be Newport News, Virginia, where I will speak at a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony next Thursday evening.

As for movie news, now that I have actually met with the people involved: no news. Simply a lot of discussion about things left unanswered in the book...how to answer them in the film, or how to deal with them if they are to remain unanswered. Various visions of what things look like. How big is the community? How old is The Giver? All of these things...which can be left for a book-reader to individualize...have to be firmed up for casting directors, for set designers, etc. No more "whatever you want it to be in your imagination."

It's an interesting, challenging process.

Here's a front desk at Warner Brothers:

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No dessert, please

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I was having dinner last night in the restaurant of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, where I have been staying for the past few days, and when the waiter offered me the dessert menu, I said no thanks. Didn't even want to read about the flans and creme caramels and decadent chocolate things. Was full. Stuffed. Had not even finished my risotto.

So he took the dessert menu away. And a few minutes later, back he came with ... THIS.

My dinner companion, screenwriter/director Bob Weide, had also turned down dessert. And so he ALSO got one of these.

"The chef got this machine," our waiter explained. "He's having fun making cotton candy."

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Kindle

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Some posts ago, a commenter asked how I was enjoying my KIndle. And I never got around to answering.

But the answer is: I LOVE IT.

Here's the thing: it isn't a book. It doesn't feel in your hands like a book, or smell like a book, or sit upright in your bookcase enhancing your decor and making your guests admire your literacy.

BUT.

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Home again...briefly

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You can click on any of these photos to enlarge.


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First, a photo just sent to me from the recent event at the Kennedy Library: me at the podium, introducing gorgeous Alice Hoffman, who appears to be listening attentively. Alice is now off touring for her new book, The Third Angel, and it wouldn't surprise me if we were to run into each other at an airport someplace!

Next, a stack of books waiting to be autographed at Politics and Prose, the wonderful bookstore in Washington DC. I spent the past week first in Baltimore, then Washington (where I was competing with The Pope), then Philadelphia (where Hillary and Barack were just down the street).


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Out of Chaos: Coherence!

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Spring is finally coming, I think. My lawn is dappled with scylla and I can see a robin tugging at a worm this very moment, from my office window.

I returned from Michigan Monday after watching a terrific performance on Sunday of THE GIVER, with staging very different from any of the productions I've seen in other cities. And: a female GIVER! First time I've seen that, but it worked just fine.

And yesterday I signed books and spoke briefly about "The Willoughbys" at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, where I live. A lot of school groups there so the store was packed and they were great kids: attentive, interested. Most unusual question: "What kind of tea do you like?"

Ah, Earl Grey.

And that reminds me of a recent email, with a PS: "What is your favorite ice cream flavor?" and then: PPS: "You don't have to answer that if you are lactose intolerant."

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Sunday in Flint

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Okay, so this is not a luscious landscape. This is the view from my Holiday Inn hotel room in Flint, Michigan, the view of the Chinese restaurant to which I walked across the parking lot for dinner last night, the HI having no restaurant of its own.

Flint is in a state of demoralizing economic decline, the auto industry here having collapsed.

But the arts here seem alive and well. Tomorrow I will speak at a nearby theater and then attend a production of THE GIVER at the smaller theater next door to that one. The arts — in the form of theaters, and library — are all in the same location; and from my quick glimpse yesterday during a tour of both theaters, they are fabulously designed and well maintained.

I have seen stage productions of THE GIVER many times in many different cities. Each of them is staged differently...it's one of the intriguing elements of theater, that a play leaves latitude for the director and set designer to create individual elements. I got a peek backstage here in Flint and can tell already that today's production will be very different; but I won't make any comments until I've actually seen what they're doing.

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More offspring art

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Since I showed you all a picture my daughter did of her cat at age 8, and because I am taking a break from work and killing a little time, here are a couple of pictures of the same daughter's current cat, Sam, done by the same daughter but many years later, in her forties.


Sam_stare


Saminthesun


and okay, one of her (late, much mourned) very old dachshund, Wiener

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on Thursday, 03 April 2008
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Max_painting_houses


A while back I posted a photo of the painting my daughter gave me for my March 20th birthday, a painting of a San Francisco street (she lives in SF) and now here is a picture if her actually working on the painting.

And thinking about that made me remember another painting of hers...this one done when she was in fourth grade many years ago. It won a prize in a city-wide children's art show, and it has been hanging in my guest bedroom now for a long time.


Maxs_cat

It was a painting of her cat, whose name was Betsy, with a litter of kittens. If you click to enlarge it you can appreciate the very self-satisfied look on the mother cat, and the pink paw pads.

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