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Today would have been the day that I flew to Orlando, for IRA.  My thanks to those authors who are filling in for me there.

And this coming Wednesday I would have been speaking to the annual meeting of the New England Child Psychiatrists/Psychoanalysts, but I have had to cancel that appearance as well.

Instead, I am spending most of each day by Martin's hospital bed and oddly being grateful for that (mostly) uninterrupted time to sit and reminisce about some of the extraordinary adventures we have had together.  I think it was at an IRA convention many years ago in Anaheim, where we found ourselves in a hotel elevator with a group of the New Orleans Saints football team...it was, we realized, like standing in a redwood forest.

It was 1985 whe we spent time in Africa, 1992 when we spent time in Antarctica, 1995 when we were in rural Japan....and when, just this week, they looked at a chest x-ray and commented on some healed rib fractures...we remembered the rafting trip down the Colorado River---who knows what year!---when he fell on some rocks, broke some ribs, and then had to continue for the remaining 3 days (of 9) thudding down the river...  Ouch.

Yesterday I received these photos from rural China

Chinese kids

Chinese

These are college students; and that's their teacher, Daniel Peterson.

There is currently an Opera convention in town, and when I left the hospital late yesterday afternoon I went and had dinner with Paula Winans from the Lyric Opera of Knsas City and Jamie Andrews from Minnesota Opera Co.  The opera "The GIver", by composer Susan Kander, will open in Kansas City in January, St. Paul in April.

from her website   www.SusanKander.net :

The Giver , by Lois Lowry - soon to be an opera near you.

Minnesota Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City have commissioned me to write libretto and score for a 75 minute opera adaptation of this blockbuster children's/young adult book. There is already terrific excitement in both cities for the premiers in 2012, and interest from other opera companies for further productions. The Giver, Ms. Lowry's first Newbury Medal novel, is read by nearly every middle schooler in the country and tells the story of a utopian community that turns out not to be so utopian. Ask any kid 26 or younger about The Giver and you'll get a strong response. The opera will have a chamber orchestra of 10 players and feature video projections. Both companies hope to have the funding to do workshops prior to its premier, which would be really wonderful and very unusual in the opera world.

 

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Jessie Lacy Monday, 29 November 1999

I hope you are finding peace and healing. Grief can be unpredictable, striking at odd moments. But that pure joy in living can creep up on you equally unexpectedly. Isn't that what lets us know that we are alive?

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Clay Monday, 29 November 1999

we all bring something special with us to the party - it would be a pretty dull party, otherwise! Keep remembering all of those wonderful times.

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Revely Monday, 29 November 1999

When you talk about Martin I realize that he--like my beloved Myron Krupnik--probably conducted operas with his eyes closed.
The only thing that could make that bread pudding better is lashings of cream. (Thank you, Enid Blyton, for the term)
I'm so happy to have found your blog. :)

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Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

Yes! Martin was exactly like Myron Krupnik, even down to singing the Verdi Requiem in the living room!

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Shirley Pamp Monday, 29 November 1999

Lois, I loved your book The Giver! Fantastic! We read it in English class and the words were so descriptive! ;D Thanks!
Shirley ♥

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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

I was looking at the photograph of your house in Maine in this blog, and noticed the stone wall surrounding the house. It reminded me of the work of Andy Goldsworthy, an English artist who uses Nature as his canvas and paint:
"Movement, change, light growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I try to tap through my work. I need the shock of touch, the resistance of place, materials and weather, the earth as my source. I want to get under the surface. When I work with a leaf, rock, stick, it is not just that material itself, it is an opening into the processes of life within and around it. When I leave it, these processes continue."
His work is inspiring:
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cheers

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Correll Corbett Monday, 29 November 1999

In facebooking a friend from Houston who I attended St. Thomas University with, I noticed your site. Her name is Theresa Nelson and she too, is a well known writer of books for young people.
I got on site, to see what you had on your children's book site and to sign up. What struck me was the wonderful tribute to your late husband. I, too am fairly recently widowed as of four summers ago. My husband was the anchor of our family. He was my best critic and supporter in my illustration venture. I am an art teacher who has been teaching PE, not by choice. I had been looking, but decided that this might make creative fodder to write about and illustrate. I had been planning on returning to my roots of illustration since before Chris passed away. He was going to assist me and had been doing children's book research for me! This year may be a blessing in disguise due to the multiple problems with the Texas schools. They have made my decision easier. I was squashed out and I am now in the process of getting information on how to create a site for my work and seriously seeking an agent. In the meantime, I am considering what I can do part time in my field that will help with the day to day budget. I still have a son in law school that I help support.
Never the less... your comments about life and its practical applications has been enlightening. I am so sorry for your loss and respect how you are handling it.
I, too have read The Giver ans was in a study group about the story. It should be quite an interesting adventure. I look forward to hearing what happens.
I did not realize that your base of action was Boston and Maine but both are a lovely part of the country. I have a good friend who is a publisher of Art books in Worcester, Davis Publishing... Wyatt Wade... but you are probably not familiar with that area. My cousin and her husband resides in Worcester, as well. The Boston area is wonderful and you have actual seasons!
I was inspired by your tribute and decided to email you, so I hope you do not mind. I tried to subscribe to your site and think I followed the correct steps.I am not aiming to be well known, but only to have my work accepted in the field.
So I am conducting all sorts of research on children's books. I had written a while back to Theresa and she probably thought I had already accomplished my agent task... but the daily life of teaching sort of interfered. Now I have no excuses, so to speak. In the distant past I had taken a class with Diane Stanley when she was here in Houston, but that information is now out of date. She had reviewed my portfolio but again she was not a publisher or agent.
Thank you for your wonderful inspriation and also your piece on widows... that is an area that does not receive enough attention and can be difficult to settle into or out of for that matter!
Most Sincerely,
Correll Corbett
Houston Artist and Illustrator

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