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It was numbers. Numbers, not numerology. We didn't say numerology. The Lady at Sami's serving me breakfast, whom I had not seen in a while, welcomed me, "Happy New Year" . . . & asked when I was born. She guessed the Autumn. I told her September. "Late or early?" she asked. September 9th. "My twins were born on September 9! One at 9 and the other at 9:01!"

"I asked because that's what my daughter wanted for Christmas." She pointed at my chest where my ID card and trinkets hang. My hand was there, over my heart, during our conversation. She was pointing at my big silver biker Keith Richards ring.

We laughed. I told her I loved numbers like that. 9 9 9. "They're Magic."

I went to my table and Mick Jagger was singing Memo From Turner in my head. Here I was, as I often was, "...eating eggs at Sami's..." just like in the song. Never occurred to me before.

And I had just finished reading Dennis Lehane's Moonlight Mile. Another Rolling Stones song.

It was cold out. Five days after Christmas. While I walked, only the boy saw me and ptactically sang, "Santa Claus!" but his serious parents did not look up as they approached Children's Hospital. ...My Beamish Boy, Oh Frabjous Day! Callooh Callay! ...

 

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I always take time, before the end of the semester actually occurs, and all the students begin to travel home, to spent an afternoon with my friend Susan Bloom. Her theme this year was COUNTDOWN. Taking a cue from Deborah Wiles novel by that name, Susan provided her guests with homemade ginger snaps in the shape of the phonograph record on the book's cover. There also was cider and bright yellow napkins, and the precious list called "Selections of the Best Children's and Young Adult Books of 2010."

What a wonderful presentation. I did dip my cookie in my coffee to take a bit of the snap out of it. I already have gifted Lane Smith's "It's a Book." And I look forward to spending time with Susan's top picks. They are There's Going to Be a Baby by John Burningham and illustrator Helen Oxenbury, and The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett (having fun with the Fibonacci Series . . . but it is not about Math!).

 

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Susan Bloom! This Wednesday December 15 at 2:30 in the Student Activities Conference Room. My favorite most wonderful holiday treat is listening to Professor Susan Bloom & her "Best Children's & Young Adults' Books of the Year." I have never resisted hunting for copies of a few titles every year after this fantastic event.

 

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It has been a bitter-sweet time in the Department of Communications. One of our most valued members is moving on. We took time to be joyous in celebrating Sarah Burrows' many contributions.

"Hello all,
I cannot say enough how much I appreciated my party. I loved every bit of the attention (as you might imagine) and was truly touched. You have been wonderful colleagues and smart,dedicated, creative people to be around. I will miss our Department, our students and all the great projects and initiatives I have been able to work on for the last 12 years. Yup, 36 semesters, over 1,300 students
(between interns, studio 5 and advisees), 5 1/2 Commtracks, over 100 studio 5 clients/projects, 100+ internship orientations, hundreds of site visits, countless placement conferences...the details are unimportant. What is important is that I have enjoyed almost every encounter, every challenge and every opportunity. I can only hope that I have 75% of that batting average at Lasell. I am trying to be a grown up and focus on the positive. I plan to go and learn some new teaching skills, meet some new colleagues, build a few good programs, maybe pursue a doctorate. After that, who knows. If my brain is in tact, you may see my tall frame walking these hallways again.

Always,
Sarah Burrows"

 

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