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on Thursday, 02 March 2017 in Uncategorized

This morning I spent an uncomfortable hour in the hands of a dental surgeon, then drove to a different dentst where I spent another hour and now I am at home with Advil and icepacks and amoxicillin and I have just eaten sipped a dinner of soup.

When I was CVS picking up my Rx, the pharmacist, a young woman, had a charming accent and wore a nametag that said OKSANA.  I bit my tongue to keep from asking her if she had ever met with the Russia ambassador.

(No, I didn't. I bit my tongue because my mouth was so full of Novacain that I didn't know where my tongue was.)

But I not feeling sorry for myself. At my age...80 in 3 weeks...I am fortunate to be very healthy, very active, with my brain intact. And that my dentist is not named Dr. DeSoto. (How many people will get that reference?)

As I sit here with the TV on, watching political news and thinking about dentistry, I am reminded of the days when my father was Chief of Dental Services at Walter Reed Hospital and had some presidential and vice-presidental people as patients...and was given a private phone number at one point, and told by the FBI that he should burn it after he made the phone call.  My dad, who had a wry sense of humor, said he asked the agent: "Should I eat the ashes?" but the FBI guy was not amused.

 

 

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Kristin Monday, 06 March 2017

Mrs. Lowry,

When I was in seventh grade, I read The Giver for a school assignment. I was never much of a reader and thought this would be yet another book I would pretend I read. However, as I began this book, I built a connection with the characters like I never had before, and as we continued, it gradually changed my perspective on reading. It is also part of the reason I became an English teacher.

Twelve years later, I got my first teaching job, and The Giver was a must read in my class. It quite literally has an effect on every single one of my students. I had students much like myself, the ones that wouldn't read because they never found the right book or simply never found the enjoyment and beauty in reading. I’m on my fourth year of teaching, and we will be reading The Giver half way through April. I am sure that your novel will touch as many kids as it has year after year in my class. This book inspires kids who hate to read, much like myself when I was their age, and makes them life long readers.

I know you are very busy, but this would mean the world to me to see my students meet such an amazing author and be able to ask the questions they’ve been begging me to try to answer for them in past years. It would be an honor to have you come when we complete the novel, and have a discussion about writing, The Giver, and reading as a life long passion. Please take this into consideration, as it would be not only an amazing experience for my students, but a dream of mine as well.

Kristin

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Lois Lowry Monday, 06 March 2017

Kristin, Thank you. It is what every writer hopes for, to touch readers in a meaningful and permanent way, the way THE GIVER touched you,,,and then to have you go on and bring that gift to your students. How wonderful!
You didn't say where you are! And I appreciate your invitation to visit your students. There was a time when I did go to schools, and talked to kids---and loved doing it. But that time has passed as I have gotten older (okay: make that OLD. 80!) and no longer have the energy that I once had. I reserve it for writing! But I do read and answer letters...or emails...from kids. (They can email me by clicking on EMAIL ME on the right hand side of my website homepage.) My very best wishes to all of them, and to you...

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Kristin Monday, 06 March 2017

Thank you so much for your response! I must say, I am in absolute awe at the moment that you read and responded to my requisition. I teach at Lake Placid Middle School, located in Upstate, New York.

Would it be at all possible to Skype with you after we read the books? I know this would be amazing for me, but an awesome opportunity to speak with you about where you were going with this book.

If not, I absolutely understand. If not, I will definitely have my students ask you questions through your email. Thank you so much.

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Kristin Friday, 10 March 2017

Would this, by any chance, be a possibility?

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Lois Lowry Thursday, 30 March 2017

I"m sorry not to reply to this sooner but I have been laid low by pneumonia and am just beginning to feel better.
No, I"m afraid I don't do SKYPE. The problem is that if I do one...then ten more teachers ask me...and then twenty, and then fifty...and you get the idea.

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Kristin Wednesday, 05 April 2017

I definitely understand, but I thought it was worth a try. I am glad you are doing better and you should expect quite a few letters in upcoming weeks from my students. Is there an address we can send them to?

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