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I am in Maine for the second weekend in a row. Last weekend it was snowy and sleety and my car, even with its four-wheel-drive, slid on ice through a stop sign (luckily there was no traffic coming).  This weekend my meadow is bare of snow, the sun is shining, and it really seems as if spring is on the way.  I have a stepson arriving this afternoon who plans to ski in NH tomorrow; my fingers are crossed that the ski slopes are in good shape. I did see lights for night skiing over on our small mountain here last night. But it has been a generally bad winter for the ski areas.

With the snow melted away from the bottom of my barn I was able to go out (through mud) and assess the place where the porcupines were going in and out. Two years ago I had had wood latticework put across such openings, but there is a big chewed hole in the wood, and when I went out to look, Alfie slipped easily though the hole to investigate the dark underbelly, and I was awfully glad that my guy had trapped the porcupines a couple of weeks ago and transported them to a distant place. (though I'm told they make their way back to their origins, and I picture them waddling at night down my road, getting ever closer)

I found some wire mesh in the garage, a piece just big enough to cover the hole until I can have the whole thing re-done, and went out with a hammer and nails and nailed it up, but in the process...being a klutz...hammered one of my fingers, and this morning I have a purple, achy fingernail.

This is a view over my meadow during a previous spring; I'm guessing April. This would have been taken at dawn, because it is looking east over the lake.  Now here is the same view this morning (but not at dawn. The dog slept till 9 AM and therefore so did I!)

There could conceivably be snowstorms yet to come...in Maine it usually snows into April...but with such an odd winter already, perhaps that won't happen. It is bad for my gardens, having so little snow cover. Good for the deer, I guess, having things to browse on.

I'll head back to Massachusetts Monday and start getting organized in order to go to Bologna next weekend. My Italian publisher has planned various events which include my receiving a plaque from the mayor of Bologna. I would have preferred a lifetime supply of pasta! Only joking, only joking. It should be a fabulous time.

Buon Giorno.

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MaryJo Cally
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MaryJo Cally Saturday, 10 March 2012

Good morning from Chicagoland!

What inspiring words and photos! I can feel the break of day here at my computer - lovely.

Last night I read MESSENGER and two nights before, GATHERING BLUE. It is a gift to finally catch up with the writings you have published and I am enjoying your blog as well. Thank you so much.

After the Madeleine L'Engle event I sent you an email asking if you might be interested in a tour of Graceland Cemetery, a historical cemetery here in Chicago. It is an amazing place with landscaping and monuments inviting serenity and photography.

Over the years, I have taken many groups through on private tours and would be honored to escort you (and anyone you may wish to invite) and arrange for your transportation if that helps you.

It is wonderful that you are coming to Chicago. We will order up some sunshine along with our wind :)

Take care and be well,

maryjo cally
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Lois Lowry Saturday, 10 March 2012

I don't remember receiving an email with such an interesting invitation! But not this visit, I'm afraid. I fly in to Chicago to attend a performance of THE GIVER at Adventure Stage, and to speak/sign afterward. Then I fly out! Would love to stay longer but I am squeezing Chicago in between trips to Bologna, Italy, and Saskatchewan, Canada.

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MaryJo Cally Saturday, 10 March 2012

Hello again,

Alas, we must find a way to invent a 36 hour day. Please consider this a 'standing' invitation - anytime you are back in Chicago. It would be my pleasure.

I wish you well with your travels and continued writing.

Also, may I send you an audio copy of A WRINKLE IN TIME? I produced Madeleine's reading of the book in 1993 and was grateful to record her voice for history.

Please let me know where it should be sent.

Best wishes to you,

MaryJo Cally

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Dóra Csenki Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Hello, good afternoon,
I'm new here I've just finished reading the Gathering Blue (in hungarian) and I loved it!
I've also read the Messenger and my first book of yours was The Giver - about 10 years ago. It was -and it is- one of my favourite books and then I read the Number the stars and the Summer to die.
I really love these books I think they're beautiful!
But it was a surprise for me that The Giver is a part of a trilogy - I've just got to know it 4 months ago. So I got the 2 other parts (I could get the Gathering blue just last week....) and just wanted to tell you how much I love these books (and also my husband loves these ones) and thank you for this experience!
I wish you all the best!

Dóra

p.s.: Have you ever been to Hungary? :)

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Mary Wiese Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Hi! Love the books you have written. The Giver, Gathering Blue and The Messenger all had me in tears and racing through the pages as quickly as I possibly could. Thanks for sharing your talent with the world!
I am the director of a literacy group in Lapeer County, Michigan. We are having a benefit auction on May 4, 2012. If you ever donate signed books, we would love to be considered. We are a 501c3 and provide free tutoring for adults and children in our community. Last year we tutored 557 adults in our area. 43 of them got their GEDs - a tremendous accomplishment!
If you can donate, our mailing address is
Family Literacy Center
PO Box 485, Lapeer, MI 48446
Thank you and I look forward to reading more on your blog and site!
~Mary Wiese, Lapeer, Michigan

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Lois Lowry Friday, 16 March 2012

Yes, Dora: I have been to Hungary, only once, and only to Budapest, but I had a wonderful time there a few years ago.
And Mary: I will try to get something in the mail to you for your auction.

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