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Miss Marple's house

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It may be in part because I just read the new biography of Agatha Christie.  More likely it is because I am a nut about houses...not big fancy ones, but in particular small ones, the kind of little village houses that I think Miss Marple must have lived in.

Here are a couple that I found on the internet simply by googling "quaint cottages":



And neither of these looks at all like the (real) one that I am somewhat obsessed by. I pass it whenever I go to the library, which I do often.  I don't know who lives in it, and I certainly can't photograph it and put it out here on the internet, where someone would inevitably call the owner or resident and say: Guess what.

So you will have to take my word for it when I say it is exactly the house I want to live in when I am old and alone except for a dog or cat.  It is quite small.  But I won't need a car (some young friend will have to do my grocery shopping and take me to the doctor when my arthritis acts up). 

It  needs paint, and a better garden. Every time I drive past it and slow down, I consider what color I will paint it, and what flowers I will plant. (I find myself arguing with myself about whether window boxes (nasturtiums, I'm  imagining) would be de trop).  But even without those bits of sprucing up, the house has real character. Good bones.   I have never seen the inside. But I have chosen paint colors for each room.

 And yes: on this topic I am totally nuts.

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Krista Monday, 29 November 1999

I came downstairs this morning and found the birthday invitations my daughter made for my son. They were hand written and colored with marker. Her printer must not be working, I thought as I opened one. Inside was a message. - Please no presents...If you are able, please bring a small donation for Haiti.
Sometimes it takes a child or an author to make you realize what's important. I love those kids of mine. And thank you, the shaving cream image will stick with me too.

Lingling Matutina Monday, 29 November 1999

Last night, as news reported of the earthquake in Haiti, I was on the last chapters of your book "A Summer to Die". I finished it just before midnight. Then, I had the intense urge to write to you. I finished writing to you just before 1am this morning. I don't know how to send it to you, so I have decided to post it in my blog in the hopes that you would find your way to it.
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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

"Ayiti" they call it in Creole. "Pa' problem" when you ask someone for help.
"why you only come during disasters and political problems? Why don't you do a nice story about Ayiti? a young translator asked me during a trip to Haiti in 1994, during the American intervention. I had no answer for him.
So I went back when things were stable and looked for a "nice" story to do. But there were no happy stories to be done. Desperation, poverty, frustration, hunger, drug addiction, slums..
I wept once as I sat on a curb next to a woman with a swollen leg beyond repair. Nobody stopped to help, I could not help. The UN did not help, the USS Comfort docked on the bay did not help, so we both wept out of anger and frustration. That was the last trip I made to Haiti. I could not bare to go back.
And now this tragedy. I can barely edit the photo feed from the Associated Press as it scrolls on my screen. All the faces seem so familiar. I recognize every corner of Port Au Prince: the flattened presidential palace, where I stood for hours waiting for Aristide, and the look of pain, anguish and dispair on the black faces starig back at me almost asking me, why you're not here now monami?
It breaks my heart it took a tragedy of this magnitude for the world to come to the aid of Ayiti.

Term Papers Monday, 29 November 1999

Sometimes it takes a child or an author to make you realize what's important. I love those kids of mine. And thank you, the shaving cream image will stick with me too.

Monkeylov28 Monday, 29 November 1999

Hey Lois My teacher just got done reading one of your books The Willoughbys it is now my 3rd fav book my second is the giver and first is number the stars.

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