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It is almost impossible to describe the aftermath of snow and ice storms without resorting to clichés, because of course the ice DOES sparkle like diamonds. I woke this morning, two days after Christmas, to the welcome sound of the plow in my driveway. The sky today is very, very blue after the white blur of yesterday. I had to postpone my plans for movie and dinner with friends yesterday because the snow kept coming and coming and the driving was very treacherous. THis morning, sunshine makes everything glisten and the roads are scraped clear and oh, Maine, you have once again redeemed yourself.

I have a couple of trips in January and, as always in winter, find myself unnecessarily worrying about weather. Emails back and forth with Madison, Wisconsin, have me thinking: yes, of course those flight times are fine...unless there is a snowst...  But why bother saying that? They surely know, in Wisconsin, about snowstorms.  And the worrying is pointless because one can't do a thing about it.

My other January trip is to southern California, to speak at the Charlotte Huck Festival in Redlands. This will be my sceond time there; and the first time...it may even have been the first time the festival was held...Charlotte Huck was still allive. She was a remarkable woman and scholar and I was fortunate to have known her.

 

Here she is with another much-loved Charlotte.

She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both. - from Charlotte's Web © 1952 E. B. White

*****

And one other photo. I was responding to interview questions yesterday, by email, and was asked to describe some thing or things of interest or importance to me on my desk. Once that would have been an easier question to answer, back in the day when I had just one desk. But now I have three desks, in three separate geographic locations; and on top of that I often schlep a laptop around, so my writing space is not as speciifc as it once was.

Here, though, is my special mug in which I kepe random pens. After my son died in 1995, his wife gave me his coffee mug...with his pilot's name, ZANE, on it... (His real name was Grey, so it's easy to see why he was given Zane as a call sign.)

 

 

He was in a class by himself, as well.

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Maggie Zakem
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Maggie Zakem Friday, 27 December 2013

A belated Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! I recently listened to the audio version of "Son" which I like to do after I read the actual book. So well done! Thank you for adding the fourth book which completes the story. I like fantasy books in which the authors create worlds, as you did, but so many of them resolve issues with violence and war. I appreciate that the battle in "Son" was won with wisdom, kindness, and love. I wish you safe and snowstorm-free travels.

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brad johnston Saturday, 28 December 2013

Lois Lowry, If you will send me an email address, I'll send you something that WILL interest you regarding grammar. I doubt you'd want it on your blog before you see it. My commentary regards The Giver.

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Lois Lowry Sunday, 29 December 2013

You cna email me privately by clicking on EMAIL me on my website

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brad johnston Sunday, 29 December 2013

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aksamci13 Sunday, 19 January 2014

Mersin'in Silifke İlçesi'nde devam eden kuraklık nedeniyle zeytinler dalında kurudu.

Silifke Ziraat Odası kelebek sohbet
kelebek chat
kelebek, kuraklık nedeniyle suyu çekilen ve yeterince beslenemeyen Gemlik ve Ayvalık cinsi zeytinlerin ağaç dallarında kurumaya başladığını belirtti.

İlçedeki yaklaşık 30 bin dönüm arazide zeytin üretiminin yapıldığını ifade eden Can, "Zeytin hasadı aralık ayı sonuna kadar devam edecek. Hasat edilecek zeytinin 7 bin tonu sofralık, 18 bin tonu da yağlık olacak. Yöremizde bu yıl tüm ürünlerde verim kaybı oluştu. Hububatla başlayan hasat sezonunda üzümde, Mısır ve diğer sebzelerde olduğu gibi zeytinde de verim kaybı mevcut. Gezdiğimiz arazilerde görüştüğümüz üreticiler, zeytin alımı yapan tüccarlar ürünün veriminde üçte bir oranında düşüş olduğunu ifade ediyor. Bazı bölgelerde yüzde 40'lara varan düşüş gözlendiği dile getiriliyor" dedi.

Mahire Can, fiyatlar geçen yıla göre biraz daha iyi olduğunu ancak verimin düşük olması nedeniyle üreticiye yaramadığını söyledi.

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Silifke Ziraat Odası kelebek sohbet
kelebek chat
kelebek, kuraklık nedeniyle suyu çekilen ve yeterince beslenemeyen Gemlik ve Ayvalık cinsi zeytinlerin ağaç dallarında kurumaya başladığını belirtti.

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