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on Friday, 18 December 2009 in Uncategorized

It is bitter, bitter cold in the Northeast, and my indomitable son just sent me a photo from his iPhone---he is skiing at Sunday River, where the temperature is in single digits, or even below zero. I emailed him back to PUT THOSE GLOVES ON!   You never get over being a Mom.

Sunday River

Sunday River is 20 minutes from my house in Maine, where I hope the furnace is churning away. Nothing worse than frozen, burst pipes! We've been there, done that.

Pipes willing, weather willing, we will head up there for Christmas.

On January 10, 1919, it was 4 below zero in Maine, and there had been 10 inches of snow the day before. I only know this because of research for a book set there at that time. Imagine how much worse it was to be that cold, that snowy, in those days when heating was so much more iffy, and there were no snow blowers.

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Greg Monday, 29 November 1999

You are only as old as you allow yourself to feel. Most days I feel 89, which is only off by 60 years! I have several friends who saw the concert at MSG in NYC. They said many of the same comments. Several years ago, I saw Bob Dylan in concert. One of the best shows ever! Last year, I saw Sir Paul McCartney at CitiField. Also one of the best shows ever. They both had very long sets. The newer musicians should learn a lesson from these seasoned professionals.
Who knew you were a skilled drummer!?!

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lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

My eleven year old grandson, who plays drums in his middle school jazz band, gave a big fist pump when I told him about my dream. YES! he said.

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Jessica Leader Monday, 29 November 1999

I love that--both the Googling at intermission (kind of terrible--also inevitable)--and the reincorporation of the "68? Can she really be 68?" Very writerly to incorporate that motif even in your sleep!

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Michael G-G Monday, 29 November 1999

My wife and I saw them in Portland in May. I had to laugh at your description of "half-time" because we were among the "googlers."
We also saw Elton John and Billy Joel this year. There is something about performers. Even though they've lived life "hard" and it sometimes shows on those craggy faces (Billy's in particular), they have amazing reserves of energy, far more than we non-performing mortals. Is there something in their Kool-Aid?
My 13-year-old son's a drummer. He'll be tickled when I tell him about your dream.

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