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Boston International High School

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I am now in Maine, where last evening 15 deer strolled across my meadow nibbling on exposed grass now that the snow is melting.  I tried to take a photo but don't have my camera here, and the cell phone couldn't get a good picture in the dim light and at some distance.  Both dogs---Alfie, and his German Shepherd friend Sophie, who is visiting--- stood silently and watched. The deer were aware of the dogs, and didn't care---and the dogs were aware of the deer and more curious than hostile.

Before I came up here, on Wednesday, I had a lovely visit to Boston International High School---all students for whom English is a new language, in some cases quite new.  They were attentive, interested, polite, and in every way fun to be with.  And generous,too, with a gift of flowers (see photo) and an album of their own writings.

Girl school

Class 3:27

And now I am in Maine, where this morning the furnace guy tended the furnace and now the plumber is here doing some tune-up on an annoying toilet. My friend Kay, Sophie-the-dog's mom, is at work in another room (she's a professor at Harvard) , and I am here in my studio, and we have both vowed to work hard and not be distracted by dogs or plumbers or the NY Times or deer.

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Julie McG Monday, 29 November 1999

I love it! For the life of me, I don't know who has my green sweater or wool shoes, but I can name every book that's gone missing over the last 20 years or so and who the "thief" is!
And... every year I read "All About Sam" to my second graders and they LOVE it. This year it has new meaning for me, however, as I have a six month old. I now wonder what he IS doing--what he might be practicing--in his crib at night! Thank you for the special insight!

ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

When I was a boy growing up in Wash. DC there was a "bookmobile" that came around our neighborhood every week. I got my first library card there. I looked forward to it arriving as if it were the ice cream truck. I borrowed a book titled "The Crystal Cabinet" an anthology of poetry that made a huge impression on me and made me a lover of literature and poetry, especially. I held on to the book for a while, then the bookmobile program was discontinued, and then we moved, and then I lost the book, or so I thought!. It resurfaced nearly twenty or thirty years after I checked it out, it was in a box of books I kept in my parent's basement. When it resurfaced I went to the library where I lived and discreetly dropped it in the book drop. From that time on, I've been careful to return all borrowed books, but at the same time, I've learned to keep extra copies of the ones I love, so I can give away copies of them, not expecting to get them back, and hopefully, spark in someone that love of the written language that bewitched ME, so many years ago.

Annie Donwerth Chikamatsu Monday, 29 November 1999

Wonderful post and photo! The plant by itself would've been spectacular. You and Alfie made it more so (if one can make "spectacular" superlative!)

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