Back late last night from Portland, Oregon. The pilot of the plane from Chicago-Boston kept updating us on the status of the final playoff game, and it was a sad night for Red Sox fans. But so exiting for Tampa Bay! And their first time.
I have just returned from Nebraska, and Nebraska always makes me think of Willa Cather. For many years I have saved...in a way that I see it each day...a quote of hers from "My Antonia":
Watching the stock market collapse, seeing my retirement savings disappear, I find myself thinking back to my parents' era and the stories they told of the times before I was born.
Recently I received a copy in the mail of "The New Writer's Handbook"-Volume 2 (which has a wonderful opening essay, incidentally, by Ted Kooser, former US POet Laureate and one of my favorite contemporary poets). It was sent to me because it contains a couple of essays..actually, blog posts from way back...by me, one of them titled "The Neglected Horse and the Undiscovered Room" which talks about a couple of recurrent dreams of mine.
I've had a number of comments (which I have approved for posting) about my political remarks. I guess it all boils down to the fact that we are very fortunate to live in a country where ordinary citizens are allowed to state their political beliefs publicly....and others are permitted, even encouraged, to disagree publicly...and as long as we don't get into fistfights or even name-calling....well, it is all to the good.
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/
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.