Lois Lowry's Blog
Here in Maine—and rumor has it, in Cambridge as well—the wind is howlng and the snow is flying. Reading in the paper about all the travelers stranded in airports in Europe and the USA, I think we were amazingly lucky to make our way out of Zurich on 12/22 and eventually home by a circuitous route.
The blizzard began last night, as predicted. But Ben and Lori and the boys were able to be here for the day (Funny Rhys, who had a birthday in early December, said to me on arriving: "I believe when you last saw me, i was only nine") to exchange gifts, have lunch, (and champagne, to celebrate Christmas and aslo Lori's having been named a partner in her law firm), and to watch the Patriots trounce Buffalo (while the boys, 12 and 10, went down to the Magic Lantern movie theater on Main Street to see "Tron: Legacy") All in all a small-town holiday. Anticpating the snowstorm, I had stocked up on food and flashlight batteries (haven't lost power, though; not yet at least); and Martin and his son Andrew, who is with us, schlepped firewood in from the barn so we were/are all set for the long haul. Still hoping to get home tomorrow, though, if the weather lets up.
I finished Anita Shreve's new book, "Rescue," on my KIndle, and have started "The Hare with the Golden Eyes" by Edmund DeWaal
At the heart of Edmund de Waal's strange and graceful family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, is a one-of-a-kind inherited collection of ornamental Japanese carvings known as netsuke. The netsuke are tiny and tactile--they sit in the palm of your hand--and de Waal is drawn to them as "small, tough explosions of exactitude." He's also drawn to the story behind them, and for years he put aside his own work as a world-renowned potter and curator to uncover the rich and tragic family history of which the carvings are one of the few concrete legacies.
which was highly recommended by a friend. Being snowbound is a good occasion for reading, of course—or doing jigsaw puzzles—or for watching movies. Last fall the video rental store in this little town closed its doors, and I bought a batch of videos at slashed prices...some old favorites, of course...like "Milk" and "The Hours".... but also some I had never seen, like "Sexy Beast" with Ben Kingsley, and "In the Valley of Elah."
I might actually work, as well. Now there's a thought! I have my current ongoing manuscript on this laptop. And I have a speech to write: keynote address for the SCBWI convention in late January.
So: no shortage of things to uccupy my time. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!