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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.

The Mill
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Joy Sikorski Monday, 29 November 1999

Dear Ms. Lowry,
It was a great pleasure to meet you last night for dinner and I look forward to seeing you this evening as we, the creative team, actors and tech crew continue to gather blue and present it to you.
Thank you for writing this wonderful story. As co-composer/lyricist, I want to say, once again, that it has literally changed my life in ways that can only be expressed in song.
It's an honor to have you in our midst and we are all eager to experience a deeper awareness of the story because you will be with us tonight.
Most Kindly Yours,
Joy

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Natalie Caula Monday, 29 November 1999

I came across your blog when surfing the web. I 'googled' "The Giver" and "Number the Stars", curious if either would become films. Since you have this blog, I would like to take the oppurtunity to tell you how much I love your work. I am 25 years old now, but as a child I was captivated by first, "Number the Stars", and then "The Giver". Your books led me to a lifetime affinity for literature. I must have read "The Giver" three times as a child and still skim through it at bookstores in nostalgia. Thank you so much for that. I hope one day to pass my favorite book, "The Giver" to children of my own so that they may open up their imagination as you did to mine. Again, thank you.

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