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Here in a very small Maine town in the summer, one of my favorite bits of reading each week is the Police Blotter in the local paper.  This is also true in reading the Cambridge Chronicle the rest of the year, but Cambridge is a city and real crime abounds. Not so much here in Maine.  There are the usual domestic abuse calls, the "fox stealing chickens" (yes, really, not a nursery rhyme), and the perpetrator-left-convenience-store-without-paying-for-gas.  But always there is one report that stands out as truly unique. 

Two weeks ago it was this: man in town calls police and tells them that someone has dropped human excrement from a plane onto his roof.  Police officer goes to check it out and reports back that actually, it was vomit.

That was my favorite so far this summer.

This week: maraudng teenagers rearranged the letters of a church sign, and spelled, instead of the religious message, "something foul."   Since the police report didn't repeat either the pious phrase or its foul anagram, this caused me to waste an entire afternoon on speculation. I had very little luck. Best I could come up with is that "only begotten son" can be rearranged to spell "teeny oblong snot."  I don't think this is what the teenage vandals spelled out.

But it did lead my thinking next about combining the two criminal events, and wondering what would happen if an airplane dropped teeny oblong snot on someone's roof.

 

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Anne Monday, 29 November 1999

Haha, thanks for the laugh! I love our police blotter in Concord, MA, too. One favorite was a caller who called the police because her co-workers at the hospital were talking behind her back. "Caller was advised this was not a police matter." I'll say!

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Sarah Guenther Monday, 29 November 1999

Love the police blotter! I'm also fascinated with the names, and often the spellings, on billboards and businesses. "Shirl's Curls's" is a recent one. I also LOVE to read obituaries. My favorite among the deceased: Elvis Duck.

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Kelly Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Dear Lois,
Writing to you from Lincoln, MA. First of all, I love the fact that you're a middle child and, in one of your on-line biographies, you mention how you enjoyed it. My daughter, Molly, is our middle child (an older sister and younger brother, as I understand you had) and also, like you, has a very creative bent. She has really enjoyed all your Gooney Bird Green books.
The point of my writing is that I'd love to have you visit our school and meet with the 6th and 7th graders. My eldest daughter, Maya, is in 6th grade, and I'm in charge of booking enrichment activities for middle school English and social studies.
I hope you have a fantastic time in Paris this month! I visited the marvelous city in June with my family--hadn't been there since 1984! Was wonderful to see through my kids' eyes, and fun to see how they enjoyed it at their ages (7, 8, and 10).
I look forward to hearing from you!
Warm regards
Kelly Raghavan

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Lois Lowry Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Kelly, this kind of letter/request should be sent through the "EMAIL ME" function of the website.
Thanks, though, for being in touch. I'm sorry that I no longer visit schools. No time!

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