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As I was running on San Vicente I thought about winters in suburban New york -- snow days when school was closed, and our street was covered with packed snow so that the neighborhood St. Bernards could pull our sled; and skiing on the golf course with my Dad, or skating at night on the ponds with bonfires burning so that we could roast marshmellows and have hot chocolate. Wondered where all the winters have gone and if our children and grandchildren will get to experience the beauty of a winter snow (not the biting 'noreasters that I also have lived through when I was in Boston in 1978. Yes, weather is a great character and I often think of it when I remember different parts of my life. Hope that your house in Lake Arrowhead is protected, Barbara. (Mentoned that we plan to celebrate our tenth anniversary up there. Who knows now?) Life changes in a moment. Best, Loren Stephens


Lauren - Indeed it does change in a minute. Hope everything calms down for your 10th. I just got news that my house is still standing.- Yes, I remember snow days and skating on ponds and skiing on the golf course. (I too grew up in suburban NY.) As always, thanks for commenting.

Carol Perkins

Barbara, we left for China on October 21 and returned yesterday. When we got to our hotel in Beijing some 20 hours after we left San Diego, reports of the southern California fires were coming in on CNN. We had very little info after that, and many in our group were very, very worried about their homes, their families, etc. What about your Lake Arrowhead place? I am assuming it escaped the inferno. love, carol


I would too, Angela. I think this subject offres much room for deep exploration of character. Both the mother's and the writer's. How will she imagine her way into forgiveness, I wonder. Or won't she? Thanks for your response. I hope the writer finds our votes of confidence in her subject.


A lot of people have been critsciiing her for doing this, saying she was only able to do so because of her extreme clout as a massive bestselling author.This, I do not get. I mean, let's assume she was pulling big money and had the world falling at her feet. I still don't see how standing up for something like this (especially in light of the revelation that Telep told her three times to change the story, which is less "oh, it's a mistake" or "oh, it's a one off and not that big deal" and more "WHAT THE SERIOUS HELL") is so wrong. One author out of a book like this is not going to topple the whole thing. Yes, other writers pulled out too, but that was their personal choice, and supporting their beliefs too.I find it really hard to believe that Telep and Running Press won't find writers to replace them all. Writers who need the money a little more, or who don't care about this kind of stuff, or who are even in agreement with Telep's apparent original views.Besides all of that, even if people think she's causing some Massive Downfall here, I still think she's in the right. She didn't say anything out of line. She didn't lie about Running Press, she just stood up for what she believed in, something that was obviously important to her. She wasn't the one in the wrong. If they want to blame someone for toppling the anthology they should blame Telep. It was her job to organize it and keep it together, and she let it fall apart.

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