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on Sunday, 12 April 2009 in Uncategorized

This morning I found myself mentally switching lead sentences in the NY Times  so that the wrong photos appeared. For example:

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WASHINGTON — And now there are four. In the space of a week, the number of states allowing same-sex marriage has doubled, with Iowa and then Vermont joining Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Okay, we all know (don't we? don't we?) that that photo is of Richard Holbrooke, envoy to the Mideast, talking to the foreign minister of Pakistan---it is not Travis and Geoff exchanging vows on Fire Island.

It is a mindless way to waste some Sunday morning time while a hundred miles away my grandsons are hunting for Easter eggs and riding their bikes.

BUT:

It is also (wasting time, fooling around) a reward because I was up at 7 and at the computer and polished off a couple more pages on a book manuscript before I even opened the newspaper. I have take a vow to plow steadily through this manuscript because my attention to it has been too interrupted, too sporadic. Pavlovian reward systems work for me. For example: I am not allowed to watch "In Treatment" tonight unless I have written three more pages.

But for now, I am looking for a good photo with which to illustrate

WASHINGTON—The first family has settled on a first pet -- a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog that the Obama girls are naming Bo.  The selection was one of the White House's most tightly kept secrets.

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T2 Monday, 29 November 1999

Congratulations! I wish I lived closer so I could attend. Do such honors ever lose their glow or is each one still exciting?
I am eagerly awaiting The Giver through interlibrary loan, since my local one amazingly doesn't have it.

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Krista Monday, 29 November 1999

Congratulations! For me, it's neat to see that you and Sue Monk Kidd are recipients of the same award. You are two of my favorite authors.
Krista~

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Kasie Rehm Monday, 29 November 1999

Dear Lois Lowry,
My name is Kasie Rehm. I am a tenth grade student at Belle Chasse High School. We are doing an author study and I picked you because I never read until one day I picked up “The Giver” and I could not put it down. There are some things that I would like to ask you. Would you please take the time to e-mail me back. I would like to know if there was a sequel to “The Giver”? What made you want to write the book “The Giver” and what was one of the best times you had when you wrote “The Giver”? Thanks for your time!
-Kasie Rehm
reneerehm@yahoo.com

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