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on Sunday, 06 April 2014 in Uncategorized

I am not certain if "Synchroncity" is the correct word.  But I am thinking of the circumstances when quite unexpectedly something happens at exactly the right time. Such as now.

A few minutes ago I went into the living room to the part of the bookcase where I had some travel books stored. When I moved, and downsized, I threw away (actually, donated) a number of travel books having to do with places that I had visited but would likely never visit again: Antarctica, Iceland, Sumatra, Lichtenstein (yes, really), etc...  But I had kept things like guidebooks and maps of places I would be returning to: Paris. London.  I went looking on that shelf this afternoon because I am going to New York the day after tomorrow and thought I might have a NYC subway map. Turned out I didn't; not a big deal, because I know New York well and can make my way around easily without a tourist map. But as I sat there by the bookcase, I saw a book that I didn't really remember: FOR YOUR EYE ALONE: The Collected Letters of Robertson Davies.

Davies, Canadian man of letters whom I greatly admired, died in 1995. This book was published in 1999, and I very likely bought it then—and read it then—fifteen years ago. As you can see, there are still some markers, placed by me, in its pages.  Since I had little memory of the content, I was curious to see what I had noted in the book. To my amusement, I had...for reasons long forgotten..marked this passage:

This autumn I went to Washington and did a reading at the Library of Congress.It went very well and they treated me royally. Then I went to New York Uiversity, where I found to my dismay that they were using me (without having said anything to me about it) as a means of begging for money...  Their standard of hospitality was certainly not that of the Lib. of Congress; I spoke in a very strange room where the light on the lectern was broken, so that, for seventy minutes, I had to hold it aloft over my MS, like the Statue of Liberty.

I have no recollection of why I bookmarked that particular passage—maybe just an amused sense of recognition since certainly I have spoken at my share of venues with broken lights (and twice in total darkness during power failures.)  But it caught my attention today because I am scheduled to speak at the Library of Congress next month.  Glad to know that their standard of hospitality is so high as to be remarked upon by Robertson Davies!

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I love to read, and one of my absolute favorite authors is Lois Lowry. My favorite book is The Giver. I read T...
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Ashton Tuesday, 15 April 2014

I have two questions for you! Who is your favorite author, and what is your favorite book?

I am Jacqueline Brannon. I love The Giver book series and I love Lois Lowry!
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Jacqueline Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Dear Lois,

What's your favorite book and author? My fav. authors are you and Erin Hunter. And my fav. book is Warriors and The Giver Series. ):D

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