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Stille Nacht

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on Saturday, 24 December 2011 in Uncategorized

A year ago, at just about this time, Martin and I were in Germany, which was experiencing a record snowfall. We got stranded in fact, trying to get home because airports across Europe were closed by weather.

(I just looked on line for photos of that time in Germany, and found this, from Berlin.)

A memory that will stay with me forever was the night we went with my granddaughter, then 17, and her parents, on narrow winding roads through snowy forests, (tough driving, but her stepfather was up to it, completely intrepid) to a little village where, in a beautiful ancient church, her violin teacher was performing in a chamber music concert.  The music, the snow falling silently outside, the season...everything went together to create a magical night and I'm so glad Martin had that to look back on along with other good memories as his health failed in the days that followed.

My grandsons were here last night, down from Maine, to deliver gifts and to take my cat, Lulu, back home with them so that they can take care of her while I am away.  I leave Tuesday very early, for Guatemala. In the meantime I am packing, watching football, answering mail, enjoying Christmas cards, eating up the leftovers in the fridge, and spending time with friends.

Here is my grandson Rhys, a fifth grader, who goes once a month to a retirement community and helps people learn to use computers. They say he is a good and patient teacher! I know that already because he's helped me out often with my iPhone.

It makes me recall the rules of the community in THE GIVER, where kids like Jonas did volunteer hours helping with the "Old."

Designers are now at work creating a jacket for the final book in The Giver Quartet...and new jackets for the three books that precede it. Too soon to show any pictures. But it's an exciting project.

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