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on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 in Uncategorized

After the angst of having to have a new well drilled in Maine, last January, I was delighted that everything went smoothly and we ended up with water---plenty of it---but dismayed, after the snow melted in late spring, to find we were left with an ugly well head....GREEN, METALLIC, LARGE ....poking up in the front yard. So I set about to disguise it, commissioning local genius Matt to create something. And this is what he has done:


Birdbath #2

Matt is concerned that the base is disproportionally large for the granite birdbath (local granite, nicely lichened, hand hollowed by a local artisan)---but I say what the heck, we had a lot of ugly stuff to hide in there.  

Next I'll try to get a photo of a bird actually bathing.  They do use the (also hand-carved granite) birdbath out back, so i suspect they're start fluttering into this one soon.

In the realm of New Stuff: I have just received my first copy of "Crow Call," the picture book so beautifully illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.  It's an autobiographical story, and he had a photograph of me, age nine; in addition he emailed to ask me to describe the colors of the plaid shirt I was wearing (the photo was black and white)...and he got it all just right (including this glimpse of my father's 1939 Chevrolet):

Crow call scene


Crow call 2


The book will be out in September but I am thrilled to have this copy in advance.  

I have a lot of other things in the works but it is too soon to talk about them. Good to be back in Maine---though it was a fine week in Bermuda with my grandsons---(swimming with dolphins was a high point), and to have summer weather at last after so much rain. Martin comes up weekends, but during the week I am quite solitary and working hard. Every Tuesday evening there is a fabulous chamber music concert, and other evenings, like tonight, dinner with friends...but daytimes are quiet and undisturbed; just me at my computer, and Alfie lying on the floor nearby.
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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

I would have voted for Lois Lowry...
"Katherine Paterson, the children’s novelist who will be appointed the national ambassador for young people’s literature on Tuesday, often assures aspiring writers that she showed little apparent talent as a child."
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/05/books/05paterson.html?8dpc

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lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

Katherine was exactly the right choice, in my opinion. She will be a great representative for the field of children's literature---as she has been for years.

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