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on Saturday, 22 May 2010 in Uncategorized
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Alfie had a much needed bath and haircut yesterday, to start him off for summer. And now that I am home, with no more trips till fall, and soon to head to Maine, it does begin to feel as if summer is approaching. I wrote a book once (Gathering Blue) in which seasons were named differently, and there was one period called Summerstart...that's where we are now, I think.

Headed to the theater tonight to see a new musical based on the Red Sox and called Johnny Baseball. Speaking of summer, and the boys of...

But today (Yes, it is Saturday; and yes, I work on Saturdays) I will begin the writing of a short story that I have signed a contract to do. It's a very interesting project which I am not at liberty to describe yet, but it was so intriguing that I signed on the minute it was offered to me.  Sometimes the initial enthusiasm feels misplaced when the actual work turns out to be tricky or difficult.  But I have had this project rattling around in my head, now, for quite a while, and I think that when I start (TODAY) on it, it  should begin to flow with some ease.

"It occurred for the first time in a hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but no one noticed except a maintainance man shoving a broom down the hall at 3 AM. He was startled by it and drew a quick breath, but he had fallen slightly behind and still had the whole OB/GYN floor to do before he could take a cigarette break. So he looked away, nudged a gum wrapper loose from the metal leg of a molded polyurethane chair by the hall window with his broom bristles, and continued methodically on without saying a word. And within the hour he had forgotten it entirely." 

There. That is my opening paragraph.

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Linda Sue Park Monday, 29 November 1999

LET"S GO JETS!!!
;-)
--Linda Sue
P.S. Today I'm doing presentations at Monroe Community College, same gig you did a year or so ago.

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Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

No, no, GO PATS!
I loved my time at MCC. Tell them I said so!

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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

Are publishers robbing the cradle?
"Figment.com will be unveiled on Monday as an experiment in online literature, a free platform for young people to read and write fiction, both on their computers and on their cellphones. Users are invited to write novels, short stories and poems, collaborate with other writers and give and receive feedback on the work posted on the site." -- NY Times.

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Briana Patterson Monday, 29 November 1999

Hi Lois,
I just stumbled on your blog and read this and immediately thought of the middle school class that I teach. I find boys can be just as bad as the girls, and not just through punching and wrestling about. The boys are louder and more open. The girls are definitely the types to slip under the radar and work quietly against each other. I have a little brother who was prevented from having friends by a few bullies. I see the boys coming in, verbally needling a child with Asperger's Syndrome who doesn't have the social know-how to deal with them. :-/
It's a brilliant poem though. Such a stinging truth of childhood!

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Jennifer Fischer (previously Elliott) Monday, 29 November 1999

Great post! I may share this with my students. We are about to start an anti-bullying campaign/program at our school called the Olweus Bullying Prevention program, and this would be a neat thing to share with them.
Time to get back to work. It's a busy time of year-- trying to squeeze Gathering Blue into two weeks for my accelerated 8th grade students. Hadn't planned on doing that, but they were STARVING after reading the Giver, so I had to feed them. :) Now my other classes are wanting the book, too, so it looks like I'll have to hit the student council up for more money to get a classroom set.
Hope you have a merry Christmas!
-Jennifer

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Susi Dugaw Monday, 29 November 1999

I heard Nora on NPR and found her NY city lifestyle so insular and shallow - I believe it was something about her fingernails that really got to me. I enjoy her movies but will not be reading this book.

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