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Long Day's Journey into...Kansas

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Well, I have been in Texas today, and Tulsa, and now I am in Kansas. Tonight I will have dinner with the playwright, composer, and lyricist of the musical "Gathering Blue."

Adaptation is such an intriguing art.  And in the past two days I have had emails of inquiry about an opera based on THE GIVER, a film of NUMBER THE STARS, and a dramatization of "Fabulous Gooney Bird."

I have also, today, en route, had a cell phone conversation telling me that we don't just need a new pump in Maine; we need a whole new WELL.  And the well-diggers have all retired to Florida for the winter. Grrrrrr. Maybe someone could set THIS problem to music and make it entertaining.

I'll try myself, after dinner.  I will go have some wine first. It will help.

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Krista Monday, 29 November 1999


O.Jimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

A friend who spent two years in Africa as a member of the Peace Corps returned humbled by the experience. She always felt she did not do enough. She carried that burden with her always. A colleague who spent several months covering the plight of the Haitian people took a family under his wing, but failed in the end to help them. A family in a slum in some remote country once remarked to me “you were sent by God to help us,” A young Afghan boy carrying a tarpolin tent on his back turned to me and showed me a number written on the palm of his hand with blue felt tip and smiled nervously, he was letting me know that he was not stealing it but that his number had come up and was given the tent by the UNCHR..... Endlessly the stories come to mind, and I'm sad to say, they are hard to live with, and hard to forget. Though a moving article, to some of us it's a painful reminder of not having done enough!

Jody Monday, 29 November 1999

Yes, I just read the article and loved it, as well, especially since my first novel for young adults was set in Kenya (NO REGRETS, Dial Books for Young Readers). I am writing my spiritual memoir and also recently finished the section on living in Kenya when I was 14 years old....AND YOU ARE A MAGNIFICENT WRITER!

Annie Monday, 29 November 1999

What a lovely article. Thank you so much for sharing!

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