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Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

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I am writing this from Germany, where I am visiting my granddaughter and her mom and stepdad, and where it has been snowing now for several days. We were delayed getting here from Zurich because of a snowstorm...and it hasn't stopped. Airports all over Europe are now closed though it appears that the snow will have ended by the time we leave here, flying out of Luxembourg, day after tomorrow.

Last night, despite the weather, we went to the town of Gorelstein, about 38 kilometers from here, for a chamber music concert in which Nadine's violin teacher was the lead violinist. There was something quite magical about being in a goregous old German church, listening to Bach, with snow falling outside. Driving home...with difficulty (twice we failed to make it up a snowy hill and had to take a different route)...on twisty narrow roads through woods and occasional villages, in the swirling snow, you could almost picture the brothers Grimm creating their tales. Wolves lurking in the snowy darkness didn't seem beyond the realm of possibility.

My granddaughter is a typical teenager who plays violin, and dances, and rides horseback and goes to parties and is working on getting a driver's license (much more difficult in this country!) and who is at this moment working on her calculus homework.  But she is also an imaginative and gifted photographer who recently got a fine camera for her 17th birthday and has been creating some dramatic photos of herself:

Nadine glamour

This morning I had her do some photos of me for book-promotion purposes but they are the standard author-trying-to-look-scholarly photos, no fishnet or eye makeup!

Grandbeagle Luke has just been out for a run in the snow, and soon we will go through the snow to the next village to have dinner with Nadine's German grandparents, Katerina and Johann, who have lived there all their lives. My son Grey, Nadine's father, is buried in the beautiful little village cemetery there; she was only two when he died.


He would be so proud of her today.

Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh

Sleep in heavenly peace



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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

Happy Valentine's Day!
I hope the IRA convention doesn't have anything to do with the Irish Rep. Army! :) You must have a giant appointment book and more stamina than the protesters in Tahrir square, which, if I may be so bold, is turning out be the "French Revolution of the 21st. Century."
The fourth installment on the Giver series ( can it be called a series now?) a prolific writer you are. (oops I'm sounding like Yoda) Most writers have a hard time finshing one story, or have nightmares about getting started, a la "Barton Fink"
As for Febrrurary, I agree, I even have problems pronouncing the pesky word!

Kelsey Monday, 29 November 1999

Oooh - I'm excited to hear about a fourth "Giver" book!
I wrote my own uninspiring blog post today. Eh. Some days are like that!
I LOVE that photo, how could anyone not want to buy your home. (Sorry about the moving though, that is not fun.)

Michael Gettel-Gilmartin Monday, 29 November 1999

Thank you for bringing smiles on a dull day in Oregon. I had to laugh at your "labor and delivery" book choice of Dreiser. Nowadays, most new mothers probably watch television
Congratulations on your daughter's birthday, too. I think mothers should always be congratulated on the birthdays of their children. After all, they were doing the hard work.

Jennifer Fischer (previously Elliott) Monday, 29 November 1999

I, too, am very excited about the fourth Giver book already, and I have many, many students-- past and present-- who will surely be excited, too, when they see it hit the market. Some are already wondering who the main character will be. :)
Any news on the Giver movie?

Betty Monday, 29 November 1999

My whole (second grade) class cheered when I told them about the new Gooney Bird Greene book. They love Gooney Bird and have taken to wearing quite the interesting clothing combinations from time to time- they say it's a Gooney Bird influence. I'm positive this new book will help keep next February from being so "lifeless and boring."

Dawn Farmer Monday, 29 November 1999

A fourth book! As I sit in my classroom, I'm fidgeting because my students have just left and I want to tell them the good news! We just finished The Giver yesterday, and you'll be happy to know that all of my copies of Gathering Blue were checked out immediately! They LOVE the story!

Juliana Rowland Monday, 29 November 1999

Indeed, what a serious choice of books for a time-with-baby holiday! I spent some time in the hospital with my dad a couple of months ago and intentionally chose only "easy" books to bring along. Maybe I should have set my sights higher!
Actually, though, one of the things I've found really interesting about your works is their range. I think most of us like to intersperse "hard" reading with "easy" breaks, but I don't know how many of us could actually write both The Willoughbys and The Giver! (Both are GREAT)
Love the baby pictures too!

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