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The good news is: I finished my manuscript for Thanksgiving: The True Story!! AND I just finished the picture research. I’ll write more about that later. For now, I just wanted to update my blog with the news that my manuscript and picture research has gone through the scrutiny of my first-line reader, i.e. the person I live with who does a close read of everything I produce before anyone else sees it! She’s amazingly thorough and terrific at spotting snags that I then fix–an intense but exhilarating and totally rewarding process.

It was a beautiful fall day & I took my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter to the zoo, not realizing that we were going see an 11-day-old giraffe!!!! WOW–we watched it(don’t know its sex) walk and run a bit. Its parents were watchful and nurturing–turns out this was the first day the zoo allowed people to observe the baby. What a thrill! Interestingly it did not have noticeable baby characteristics, except for its unsteady gait. It was just a miniature version of it’s parents.

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