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  • A newcomer, not even a teenager yet! What fertile grounds to sow my seeds of wisdom in. I am of course a man of infinite wisdom, having spent a lifetime - over half a century collecting it. I am the one responsible for this universally acclaimed aphorism: If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, make sure you stand on your head. And this one: When you have no time to see streams full of stars in the skies at night, then catch them in broad daylight. Or my best one: A dog isn't for Xmas, try a goose. Indeed when I lived on an island as its sole inhabitant, I was universally acclaimed to be a sage second to none.

    Now comes this vibrant young writer who worships magnolias, who writes like an angel, with an energy and insight one does not often see in the prose of adults. I find the opportunity irresistible. Tonight before falling asleep- the best time for me to open my secret box where I keep my wisdom- I will fish out some of my best gems (my generosity was also extolled on my desert island), and offer them to this young Miss from Mass. in order to turn her into an even better writer.

    I spend a sleepless night tossing and sighing, but first the key would not go in the lock of my safe (for such pearls as I possess need to be protected), but near dawn I hear a click and pull the door wide. Oh, I forgot, my safe doubles up as an oven. Come my beauties, I urge my little jewels, let me see you, feel you. But alas, there are no pearls of wisdom in my safe/oven, but ... SOME FRESH-BAKED BREAD. So, that’s what I’ll offer to this young writer. But maybe others can do better. Perhaps the wise and industrious Kathy Weinberg, the generous multi-talented Kiki, the polymath Alex, the poetic Anko, the earthy Angel among other Cowbirds will be able to inspire.

    But personally, I don’t know what advice to give to someone who loves to climb trees?
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