Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Weekend Assignment #329: Lost and Found

Hi, folks! I lost an important piece of paper sometime in the past day or two. Don't you hate it when that happens? This week I want to ask about things that stay lost for a long time, only to turn up again.

Weekend Assignment #329: Lost and Found NOW CLOSED!

Have you ever lost something important (or else just really unusual), only to find it again months or even years later? Were you glad to get it back, or was it no longer worth having by then? Tell us your tale of memorable things lost and found. Alternatively, if you never, ever lost anything important, tell us how you manage this nearly superhuman accomplishment. ;)

Extra Credit: If you could choose one missing item to mysteriously reappear in your home tonight, what would it be and why?

Here are the guidelines for participating:

**1. Please post your response no later than than 9:00 PM, EDT, on Wednesday, August 4th. You can do this either in a blog entry of your own or in the comments section of the assignment entry. No submissions will be accepted after that time.

2. Please mention the Weekend Assignment in your blog post, and include a link back to the original entry. Using one of the logos shown here is encouraged but not mandatory.

3. Please come back here after you've posted, and leave a link to your entry in the comments to the assignment. Please post the URL itself rather than a live link.

4. Visiting other participants' entries is strongly encouraged!

5. We're always looking for topic ideas. Please see the "Teacher's Lounge" page for details. If we use your idea, you will be credited as that week's "guest professor."

6. We reserve the right to remove rude or unpleasant comments (not to mention comment spam), and to leave entries off the linking list if the person has been rude or unpleasant, or fails to mention the Weekend Assignment in the entry.

I hope you will favor us with your "lost and found" anecdote this week. Meanwhile, here are excerpts of what participants said about Weekend Assignment #328: Fan Letters. Click on the name to get to the relevant blog:

Stephen said...
You think I’m kidding, but it’s deeply embarrassing to me to admit that I once wrote a fan letter to the author of the Magic of Xanth books: Piers Anthony. Perhaps because, in hindsight, while they were perfectly serviceable juvenile fantasies, I find that the books are now, save for the first few books, entirely forgettable and entirely unworthy of the level of fanaticism that would drive one to write a fan letter. Frankly, he wasn’t even the favorite author of my youth. That title would go first to Lloyd Alexander, whom I’ve praised on these blog pages effulgently before. And I would be remiss to ignore such a giant of my youth as Tolkien. And it would be a lie if I said I wasn’t a solid fan of Margaret Weiss & Tracy Hickman. So why it is that the Xanth books, retrospectively inferior to almost any of the works by any of the mentioned authors here, were enough to bring me to writing such a thing as a fan letter?

Anne said in comments...
I have never written a fan letter. I thought about doing the Extra Credit, but I can't even think of whom I would write to. So I shall have to take a pass this week.

Karen said...
Also in 1986, I wrote to writer Madeleine L'Engle because I was having theological and literary difficulty with her use of Noah and his family in her most recent book about the Murry family, Many Waters. As it happened, her husband had just died of cancer, but she added a postscript to a form letter about her bereavement, explaining briefly that there was nothing wrong with using the Ark "myth," as she called it, in a fantasy novel, and quoting Karl Barth: "I take the Bible much too seriously to take it literally." Heady stuff!

We had a light week on responses this time out, although Stephen and I between us manage to write quite a bit on the subject. So how about this week? Can you jump in and help us out? Thanks!



  1. To this, I can contribute:


  3. Hi everyone! I'm on the beach, right now, so couldn't come up with anything, but when I saw what the topic was I couln't resist linking to an older post my sister wrote on our blog a few weeks ago. It's called Mutiny: How I lost my voice and found it again. Hope you're all having a great summer!

  4. Here's mine - which includes a major find from just a few days ago: