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Seattle and London

March 3, 2010

Teaching and traveling do not help one write a book. I am too tired to do anything much today but tinker. However, I think — or I need to think — that the travel is good. I met a group of warm, smart women, a book club in Seattle. I am still thinking about them even though I am back on the east coast, where, by the way, there are no cherry trees in bloom. Sleet, rain, snow — good writing weather for those who are actually writing instead of planning their trip to London next week.
My favorite part of the Seattle book club was inspired by our conversation about Abraham as a parent: How strict should we be as as moms? Clearly, we do not need to take our children up mountains and kill them (or prepare to kill them). But should our sons play video games? What tv shows should our daughters watch?
Maybe planning the London trip is all consuming because I want to map out a Wollstonecraft/Shelley tour that is as comprehensive as possible. I want to go stand on Putney Bridge and look down at the water. Not to be morbid. But I like to imagine that I am seeing what she saw.

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  1. March 6, 2010 10:32 pm

    I’m desperately jealous that you get to visit London. I have friends living in Ivinghoe (north of London, about 30 or 40 miles, I think) who I met when I was there in the summer of 1977; we didn’t meet in person again until 26 or 27 years later, and then I was fortunate to travel there with my husband. I was able to show my husband the wonders of the British Museum and the Tate gallery. We visited again in December 2004 and did all of the touristy things — Madame Toussaud’s, the Tower and Tower Bridge, the Victorian & Albert, a play at the Savoy . . . *sigh* One day again we’ll get to visit that magnificent city and see our friends again. Until then, give it a sort of hug from me. 🙂

  2. March 13, 2010 11:23 am

    How interesting to hear about your travels. I will be visiting Seattle in October to speak at a number of the Temples in the area and I hope I am fortunate enough to meet some of the same women:-)

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