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on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 in Uncategorized

Martin and I traveled a lot. I mean a really LOT. We went to Africa and Australia and Antarctica...and that is just the beginning of the alphabet.  We were once in northern Russia and once in northern Iceland and once in northern Finland and probably a lot of other northerns.  We were once in Fiji, wondering why there were no other tourists there...and it wasn't until we got home that we discovered that Fiji was in the middle of a revolution and the state department had told American tourists not to go there. Oh, well.  Nice to be on a  deserted beach!

Martin's back went out in Denmark and he found himself in a Copenhagen hospital getting a taste of socialized medicine...(an excellent taste; and no charge)  We were robbed in Nairobi. We bathed in a unisex public bath in rural Japan. We did a little of everything and enjoyed every minute (well, maybe not the getting-robbed part)

Then, last year, Martin was hospitalized in Boston and there came the morning when the staff members gathered around his bed. They had asked me to be present at this meeting so i was there as well when they told him that there was nothing more they could do and that his life was coming to an end.

After they went away, he and I sat there talking, and I commented on how fortunate we were, really, because we had done so much, enjoyed so much, and there was nothing left on a to-do list.

Martin had a very wry sense of humor. And that morning, despite the most depressing of circumstances, he grinned a little and then said, "I don't know about that. I always wanted to go to Patagonia."

My new book, to be published in the fall, is dedicated to Martin's memory. And yesterday I completed the arrangements for what will be, really, a trip in his memory. Yup. I am heading to Patagonia in December.

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Amy Wahl
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Amy Wahl Wednesday, 25 April 2012

What a fantastic way honor someone so important to you. I hope the trip is wonderful.

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Teresa Monday, 30 April 2012

I am so glad you got to do so many things together with your husband and travel to so many places.

I've barely been out of Missouri. :)

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Nancy Procko Friday, 04 May 2012

How blessed you are to be able to travel all over the world. My husband and I don't get to travel at all. Would you consider traveling to... Connecticut? A local theatre is producing Number the Stars. Also, 5th grade in the school I work in just finished reading it. They LOVED it!! Since we are a low income district and do not have funds available to attend the play our students unfortunately cannot attend the performance. Just wondering if you would concider paying them a visit and at the same time maybe you could catch the production. I know your time is valuable, but knowing how much the students loved the story you told in the book I thought they would greatly appreciate meeting you. You can contact me at nancetalent@gmail.com

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Jenn Fischer Saturday, 05 May 2012

This post is for Nancy.... I work in a low income school, too, but our theatre provides discounts when I ask them to. Have you tried doing this? Maybe explain the number of students who are on free or reduced lunch.

Just a thought!

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Lois Lowry Sunday, 06 May 2012

Actually, I will be be briefly in Norwich to attend the Sunday matinee performance on May 20th. But I'm just in-and-out, no time for other stops.
Interestingly, I just heard that the little girl on the cover of NUMBER THE STARS...now a grown woman; she was 10 when I took the photo)...lives nearby and may be able to come to the performance.

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