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Ben and Lois 5:08 It has been such a long while since I have posted anything here that now I must go all the way back to Mother's Day, playing catch-up; and here I am on that holiday, in Maine, having lunch with my youngest child, Ben, who is a lawyer in Portland.
They always say that the black flies are rampant in Maine from Mother's Day to Father's Day and indeed they were starting in, that Sunday. I left Maine the next day and I hope the bugs aren't too bad there now because Ben is taking his little boys hiking in the mountains this coming weekend.

Much as I would have loved staying in Maine—bugs and all—I had to get back to real life because of several commitments: one a very nice evening in Maynard, MA, speaking as part of their author series there. I had intended using a power point presentation as I often do, but for some reason we couldn't get the computer/projector to work...so I just went ahead and started talking, planning on an occasional "If the pictures were on the screen, you would be seeing..."  etc. but a man in the audience crept up to the front, fiddled with the equipment, and suddenly: voila!  There were the photographs.  No idea who he was but he saved the day and should have gotten a standing ovation.

The day after that, I flew to Pennsylvania for a very nostalgic trip. Wilson College was giving me an honorary degree; and in fact, Wilson College was where my grandmother and her four sisters all graduated, as well as my mother and my cousin; and Great Aunt Kate got an honorary degree from Wilson man years ago as well.  My three great aunts all lived right beside the campus, and as I looked out on the house 918  (attached, from my cell phone) where so often I was taken for Sunday dinner as a child, I felt (and said in my commencement speech) as if my mother had just smoothed my hair and reminded me about my manners.

So now I am Doctor Doctor Doctor (this being my third honorary degree)...all unearned, but not unappreciated.

OKay. Here is a quandry I've been having.  Recently I received the following e-mail message from a young boy:  Hi, you sent me a reply to my question about your faith except you told me about your religion not what you believe or have faith in, my teacher pointed that out. So if you could answer these questions again, but this time about faith not religion. 

 I don't specifically remember his previous email, but I recall replying to someone..probably him...that I liked and agreed with what I had heard the Dalai Lama say: "My religion is kindness."  But apparently his teacher wants more from me, and although I have answered this email, I am still thinking about it ... because there will be others like it...and I don't want to be rude or evasive, but at the same time, I don't really feel comfortable answering such a question.  And in fact that's what I replied to this boy (and his teacher).

At the same time, I realize that if he had asked whom I am supporting in the presidential election, I would have said Obama without hesitating. Why does one question feel intrusive to me, but the other doesn't?  

And speaking of the presidential election, my dear friend Susan Goodman's new book "See How They Run" has just come out, and you should all, in fact, run to the bookstore and buy it. I've just sent it to my fourth-grade grandson.  It's a very clear, readable..and funny!...explanation of the American electoral process.

And here it is!!!

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Rachel Monday, 29 November 1999

Kansas! How exciting! (I'll be there....)
I just recently read the book, and I'm looking forward to the play.

Micaela Ayers Monday, 29 November 1999

Looking forward to seeing you in Independence, KS!
Since you are coming to Kansas, you might take a side trip to the State fish hatchery in Pratt, KS for inspiration:
"KDWP Operations Office and Fish Hatchery
The hub of Wildlife and Parks Management for the state of Kansas is located near Pratt. The first fish hatchery in Pratt County was built in 1903 and the Kansas Fish and Game Department was established in 1905. The present hatchery facilities were built in 1960.
The hatchery ponds surround the department properties, producing fish for impoundments across the state. Its natural setting also promotes the mission of department employees to educate, manage and protect the natural resources for the people of Kansas and the kids fishing pond is always a hit. "

anne Monday, 29 November 1999

There's a hatchery just down the hill here in Vermont, so if I can help with any inquiries there, let me know!
I was just talking with a friend about "The Willoughbys" and the character extremes, and I love the thought of this story as film. Have fun with that project.

Jessica Monday, 29 November 1999

I visited a salmon fish hatchery this summer with a friend who was working on a museum display. It was pretty interesting, but the best part was seeing two 8 foot sturgeons in their pond. Sturgeons that big are usually somewhere between 80-100 years old which is really rare these days in BC. Its amazing that other species can survive for that long!

Jennifer Elliott Monday, 29 November 1999

Fish hatchery.... The only one I've ever "seen" was in The Giver. Surely that's not a hint of anything... or is it?

Frank, Mike Monday, 29 November 1999

I visited a salmon fish hatchery this summer with a friend who was working on a museum display. It was pretty interesting, but the best part was seeing two 8 foot sturgeons in their pond.

Ariel Monday, 29 November 1999

oh wow! I just saw Milk today! The previews made it look exciting, so I had high expectations ^_~

Jimmy Monday, 29 November 1999

I visited a salmon fish hatchery this summer with a friend who was working on a museum display. It was pretty interesting, but the best part was seeing two 8 foot sturgeons in their pond.

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