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Skinny Dip with Maryann Weidt

book coverWhat’s your favorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion?

I love get­ting togeth­er with my chil­dren — all grown-ups now — at Christ­mas. My daugh­ter-in-law majored in ‘enter­tain­ing’ and she always has ‘Pop­pers’ and we always play games. One year she taped a ques­tion on the bot­tom of each plate. Ques­tions like these: What is the best Christ­mas present you ever received — and we each had a chance to answer the ques­tion. It was a great way to get to know each oth­er a lit­tle bet­ter — and to enjoy a laugh togeth­er too.

What’s the first book report you ever wrote?

I think the first book report I ever wrote was on Clara Bar­ton. It was one of those very old orange biogra­phies. Do they still exist? I kind of hope not. That might have been in 4th grade. Then in 9th grade, I wrote my first research paper and chose Eleanor Roo­sevelt as my sub­ject. When I was asked to write the Car­ol­rho­da biog­ra­phy of Eleanor, I kind of wished I had saved that paper.

Do you like to gift wrap presents?

Who wraps presents any­more? Don’t we all just tuck them into a gift bag and stuff in lots of tis­sue paper? In fact, I loved wrap­ping presents when I was in my teens. I worked a few hours a week at Esther’s Gift Shop in my home town of Hutchin­son, MN. Peo­ple came in to buy wed­ding gifts, Mother’s Day gifts, gifts for every occa­sion. There was a machine we used to make bows. I became a wrap­ping whiz.

What 3 children’s book authors or illus­tra­tors or edi­tors would you like to invite to din­ner?

I’ve been very for­tu­nate to in fact have din­ner with sev­er­al authors — Judy Blume, Made­line L’Engle, Jane Resh Thomas, Mary Casano­va, and Mar­gi Preus, among oth­ers. But if I could sit down and have a chat with Eleanor Roo­sevelt, that would be a mighty thrill. O.k., I guess she wasn’t a children’s author — but she was an author.

Where’s your favorite place to read?

Nowa­days I read in bed every night before going to sleep. I real­ly have to lim­it the amount of time I read and some­times I fall asleep with the book in my hands and the light on. When I was grow­ing up, my favorite place to read was lying on my bel­ly on a plaid wool blan­ket under the giant oak tree in the front yard of the farm. I could hold that posi­tion for hours, read­ing Bet­sy, Tacy and Tib and all the rest. I’d read the entire series and then start over.

One Response to Skinny Dip with Maryann Weidt

  1. David LaRochelle June 13, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    I love that idea of tap­ing ques­tions to the bot­tom of din­ner plates to get guests talk­ing, Maryann! I’ll have to try that sometime…and have peo­ple answer the ques­tions BEFORE they fill their plates with food!

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