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Speaking out, speaking up

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Because one person sent in a comment suggesting I should keep my political views to myself...I have been thinking about that...and have decided that the issues are too vital, too important, to stay silent.  I'm not the only children's author who feels that way. Check out Judy Blume's blog, for example, at http://judyblumeblog.blogspot.com/


or the list of over 1000 authors for children supporting Obama
 at http://www.aiforc.org/obama/thelist.html   I was going to copy the entire list here but it is simply too long.  

It consists of people who care deeply about children and what the future of this country holds for them. Many of them are names you know well.








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See How They Run

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This afternoon I'm going to see the movie "Man on Wire" with my friend writer Susan Goodman...whose book "See How They Run" is soon to be featured in People Magazine, obviously because of its timeliness (plus the fact that it's an excellent book) since it is about the American electoral process.  


That process was certainly on display last night during the VP debate, which I watched with Martin and two friends...all four of us a little aghast, I think, at the possibility of Sarah Palin potentially moving into a position of world power.  Okay, okay, Massachusetts is a very BLUE state; and Cambridge in particular has been derisively called the "Kremlin on the Charles."  But surely I must reflect the feeling of most people everywhere in this country that no, we DON'T want "someone like us" in the oval office.  We want someone BETTER than us: someone with superior intelligence and eloquence, someone statesmanlike and honorable, experienced and competent.

Because I have family in Europe, and visit there often, I am often privy to glimpses of how the USA is viewed abroad, and has been for several years now. How I yearn for our stature in the world to be reclaimed.  How certain I feel that Obama and Biden are the only ones who hold out the possibility of that happening.

Busy weekend this weekend, with an event to attend tonight, theater tickets tomorrow, concert tickets Sunday.  Cambridge life resumed.  Next weekend my son and a friend will spend the weekend at the Maine farm and he will put up the storm windows for me...I was there overnight this past week, in order to meet the electrician who needed to do some work...but I can't manage those heavy end-of-season tasks.  Thank goodness for strapping sons.




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Chicago + Boston

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I've been traveling around much too much, and when I was in O"Hare yesterday waiting for a plane, I saw a small child having a tantrum and screaming, and thought: I want to do that.


But there has been the fun of seeing old friends: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and I watched the debate together Friday night, in her hotel room, and if anyone had seen the two of us side by side on her king-size bed, watching...they could have taken a photo and started a rumor.  On Saturday I spent the morning with old friend Joanna Maclay, actress I met years ago in Kansas when we stayed in the same hotel....she was there doing a one-woman show of Ann Sexton, I remember...and we hit it off and have remained friends for years.

Judy Blume was also in Chicago, for the Banned Books event...good to see her.... plus several authors I had not met before (and whose names I can't remember now, alas)..

Then I scooted home, to Boston, and today spoke at the Boston Public Library's Literary Lights Event...another chance to see people I like a lot: Gregory Maguire, Christopher Paul Curtis (photo attached), Chris Van Allsburg, Susan Cooper, and Laura Amy Schlitz, whom I had not met before but whose work I greatly admire.

LL and CPC

Tomorrow I have to drive up to Maine because the electrician is coming Tuesday to repair my Viking range.  But on the whole my travel commitments are at an end for a little while, at least, (Nebraska October 10th) and I can catch my breath and file all the stuff on my desk that has become mountainous.  And maybe start getting some work done.

Oh! Almost forgot!  When I was speaking in Orlando, I quoted a letter I had sent once to a parent who had objected to the use of the word "damn" in NUMBER THE STARS.  Someone in the audience asked if I would put that letter on my website, and I said I would include it in my blog. So here it is now (and I cannot for the life of me figure out why it is underlined, or how to make the underlining go away):
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Orlando

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Another review from the Milwaukee production of GOSSAMER:


A Gentle Touch

Theater Review

By Aisha Motlani

   First Stage's adaptation of Lois Lowry's Gossamer begins with a waif-like girl engaged in a battle of wills with her unyielding mentor, her unquenchable curiosity gently butting against her elder's limited reserve of patience. It's an appropriate beginning for a play that is essentially all about the battle of wills between the spirited ingeniousness of youth and the wisdom of old age, the forces of light and darkness, and between a young boy's suppressed feelings of shame and his burgeoning sense of self-worth.

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Milwaukee

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Actors present pain of abused child captivatingly in “Gossamer”

By ELAINE SCHMIDT
Special to the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Sept. 22, 2008

Dreams, not all of them sweet, are at center stage in the First Stage Children’s Theater production of “Gossamer,” which opened this weekend.