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on Monday, 28 May 2012 in Uncategorized

I drove up here Saturday with the car loaded (and still, forgot some stuff Frown but nothing vital).  Both dog and cat are good travelers and Alfie is clearly thrilled to be back here in his country life ...  though since he was here last I have had my guy cover the underside openings to the barn with wire mesh...no more critters, I hope!  But Alfie is frustrated; he used to love going under there to see what was going on...risky!  He paid the price one night and came away loaded with porcupine quills. You'd think he'd learn)

New screens on the porch because Lulu, a kitten last summer, had torn them by climbing. I can't afford to replace them yet again so instead have been teaching her to stay off.  Complete Pavlov by way of water pistol, and she is learning quickly.  Beware of Woman with Plastic Gun.

The grandsons have been here this weekend and found a plastic snake in the toy closet, which made for a lot of torment-the-cat moments:

 

Flowers are in bloom (this is clematis):

 

and the weather was good enough for a hike...Here is Rhys, age 11, at the top of Pleasant Mountain (2000 feet) whihch we can see from our upstairs windows here at the farm.

 

 

He's looking west, toward the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

All five bedrooms were filled last night but this evening the house is empty but for me and the animals, and I have the coming week to myself for work. I head to New York on June 5th to the annual convention of Booksellers , to speak the next morning at a breakfast; so this week I'll be preparing that speech. Sometimes I feel as if I have absolutely nothing left to say. But then out of the recesses of the brain, thoughts emerge and take shape.

AND: here is what my grandson did with a label-maker!

 

The checkout girl at the supermarket loved it.

(Well, so did I, actually.)

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Meredith Sweet
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Meredith Sweet Friday, 01 June 2012

Hi! I'm glad that I was able to register for your blog! It's very heartwarming to be invited into your life like this!

I'm not sure if your blog is an appropriate avenue for this, but my students and I are finishing The Giver and have a question for you. One student asked me this, for which I had no answer... if the people in the community didn't have the memory of war, how would they get the idea for the war game? Was the game created based on a memory that was transferred back in when Rosemary released herself? Any info you could give us would be great!

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JoAnn Pinkowitz Tuesday, 12 June 2012

I have a print by you from conde nast with title VOGUE. Can I send you picture so you can comment on it?

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farhad Friday, 01 June 2012

what happens to the community in the giver when jonas leaves
please do tell, 3 other students from my class were with me when we were reading this and at the end we were not satisfied what happens?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?:(:(:(:(:(

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Lois Lowry Saturday, 02 June 2012

Meredith: Individual questions like this are best emailed to me by clicking on "EMAIL ME" on my website.
But since I'm here: I will try to answer. There are certain pieces of history that become embedded in our collective consciousness and emerge in sometimes startling ways. For example, the child's rhyme "Ring Around the Rosey" is said to have originated in Medieval times and is a reference to fear of the Black Plague. Children singing it now have no knowledge of the plague years but the chant continues. IN the same way. knowledge of war would have become part of the collective experience and emerges, here, in war games, though the children (as Jonas points out) have no awareness of the histroy they are re-creating.

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Lois Lowry Saturday, 02 June 2012

Farhad: Yes, the ending of THE GIVER is ambiguous. But there are two books that follow it: GATHERING BLUE, published in 2000; and MESSENGER, in 2004. And very soon the fourth and final book, SON, will be published.

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hannah Saturday, 02 June 2012

I tried look for your "EMAIL ME" link, but I couldn't find it.

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Lois Lowry Saturday, 02 June 2012

On the home page of my website http://www.loislowry.com" rel="nofollow">www.loislowry.com) on the right hand side, there is a cartoon of me at a computer and the words EMAIL ME are quite large.

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Juliana Rowland Friday, 08 June 2012

Very nice label. :D
And to think that the last time I went through the checkout line (this morning) the only thing the checker noticed was my six-week old screaming his tiny head off. I bet your checker was much happier than mine...

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