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...but who's counting; right?

It is Monday morning, Presidents' Day, and I have just recently corrected the galleys of a new Gooney Bird bok, set in February, when GB herself points out that it is unfair for Abe and George to get all the credit—and the holiday—when there were OTHER presidents born in February. (She, of course, knows who they are)

That book, called GOONEY BIRD ON THE MAP, will be out in the fall.

As for me, even though it is snowing one more time, I am delighted to be up and sitting at my desk after three days with a nasty virus.

Day #1, Friday, I spent in bed wishing for a hasty and merciful death.

Day #2, Saturday, I lay on the couch, dozing.

Day #3, Sunday, yesterday, I was still on the couch, too miserable too be up and around, and too headachy to read, but had slept enough to last me a lifetime; so on Sunday morning at 9 AM I turned on the TV.

Except for Patriots and Red Sox, nether of which are in season—or impending blizzards or cataclysmic world events—I never watch TV in the daytime. So it was a day of revelations.

First, George Will. Is George Willl on every major network all of Sunday morning, or is that just an hallucination brought on by fever?  Listening to George Will talk in a monotone about collective bargaining is right up there with watching paint dry.

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And am I just imagining this, or did we all have George Will as a classmate in seventh grade? The boy who gave oral reports on current events for extra credit?

Next: there is an Oprah channel. I have just discovered this. Desperately clicking my way through a hundred channels, I discovered that Oprah Winfrey now has bought her own TV channel and is able to pay homage to herself all day long every day.

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Was it because I still had a pounding headache...or does Oprah really SHRIEK a lot?

Moving on from there, I watched an endless documentary about fundamentalist Mormon communitiies; and then I watched an endless documentary about the Amish; and after a while they becgan to seem indistinguishable, except for polygamy, which the Amish don't care for.

I vaguely watched a FLDS woman give birth to her seventh baby, helped out by her benignly-smiling three sister wives, who then had to prepare dinner for their 26 chillden; and then I watched an Amish woman sew, wash, and iron the clothing for her family—without electricity. Her children will not go beyond eighth grade in school because higher education is thought to be corrupting.  Watching, I thought: is there anything remotely to be envied about the lives of these women???

And my answer was yes. They do not watch daytime television.

 

 

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Rachel Monday, 29 November 1999

I wish, wish, wish I could meet you in Ann Arbor. Unfortunately family calls and I'll be away, visiting across this great country along with my seven month old daughter, Evangeline.
Mere months old, and she's already read a good many of your books (I'm partial to the Giver, but I think she liked Gossamer best). I'm hoping your words, those characters and lessons settle into her soul.
Best of luck on the tour. I'm completely jealous of anyone who gets to sit in on those lectures!

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Kirby Larson Monday, 29 November 1999

Oh, Lois, I wish your road trips were bringing you to Seattle!

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Sarah Allen Monday, 29 November 1999

This looks so exciting! Have a super time :)
Sarah

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Wilma Boob Monday, 29 November 1999

Got to work/school today and happened to glance over at my Scholastic authors calendar and noticed that yesterday, the 20th, was your birthday. Hope you had a great birthday on the 1st day of Spring!

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joleana Johnson Monday, 29 November 1999

I would love to meet you, will you be coming to Florida. In my reading class this semester we had to read The Giver. I loved the book. I am not the one to sit and read but your books are so interesting. I could not put The Giver down. Please come to Florida. Joleana Johnson

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Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

No Florida on my schedule at the moment, unfortunately.

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Peggy Mischke Monday, 29 November 1999

Thank you so very much for sharing your love of reading and your stories with all of us. As a school librarian it is so rewarding to have students come into the library looking for that just right book, and then finding it. Many, many times the books they choose are yours! Thank you again!

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