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This morning, I will bake dark chocolate cupcakes and bring them to my neighborhood car mechanic.  There’s nothing wrong with my car ~ I’d like to practice conversational Spanish a little bit and pick up new vocabulary words (esp. about cars).  I do this once in a while. 

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Lily Hoang reviews Anne Carson’s newest book in five years, NOX: a “book in a box” tribute to her brother who lived in Copenhagen and passed away in 2000.    

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In Memoriam: Leslie Scalapino, whose aeolotropic series that they were at the beach I first read in Rosmarie Waldrop’s seminar on “The Fragment.” I was delighted to meet Leslie, along with her husband Tom, at the Holloway Series in Berkeley. 

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I remember Tom ~ congenial with an easy laugh & good sense of humor; Leslie ~ we shared a “rocket salad” at a little bistro, and her expressive brown eyes reminded me of Emily Dickinson’s eyes, the drop of sherry in a glass. 

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She attended one of my readings in Wheeler Hall, as well, one where I read from a behemoth thesis manuscript (I bound my copy with pink covers and put it in the closet), and encouraged me with her good words. 

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I admire writers like Leslie Scalapino who are absolutely brilliant yet still connected to their hearts & whole selves, and to the hopes of young writers.  She is dearly missed. 

AWP received 981 event proposals for our 2011 Conference & Bookfair in Washington, D.C. This is the most proposals we’ve ever received.

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I love adding items to my prayer list (inludes healing list & praises) with green ink.  (Blue ink okay, too, if no green ink is available.)  It’s a good day when you can move several items from the prayer/healing lists to the praises section.

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The eucalyptus tree in front of my window, which was trimmed two weeks ago, is starting to lose its leaves prematurely…. please add to prayer list.

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postscript prayer:  eucalyptus tree

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