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Hello All,

I am back in Mathews following an action-packed weekend that started in the dentist's office in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday, before a drive to Roanoke, where I gave the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Virginia State conference of the Learning Disablities Association.

LDA Board Members
Pat and Anita Booth with the board members of LDA of Virginia.

The following morning I watched grandson Pico Gabellieri play soccer. Being more than half Italian, he has a natural flair and distinguished himself, much to his grandmother's delight.

Foundation Conference.
The presentations were both instructive and humorous and a good time was had by all.

Then I was on the road to Morgantown, West Virginia, where The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education was starting its annual conference, The Creative Mind, A Natural Treasure. Malcolm had gone on ahead and so I drove with Jean Lokerson, the President of the Virginia LDA, who is also a member of our Foundation Board. The conference was incredibly stimulating as professors and teachers from across the country gathered to present and discuss their ideas on how to best use the arts in teaching. This was our fifth such conference and each time I come away filled with admiration for the selfless dedication of our teaching professionals. We owe them an imense gratitude. I admire their ingenuity in finding ways to still achieve their dreams for their children in spite of the cuts being made in education budgets. I just hope our politicians do better for them in the future.

Exercises at the Conference.
Warm-up exercises before the Foundation Walk with Moss.

Malcolm and I came back from Morgantown on Route 250, driven by Steve and Linda, friends from Mathews who are supporters of the Foundation. The drive was through the mountains. The changing colors of fall were at their best and I was thankful that the ever twisting roads kept our speed down and I could soak up the beauty of the mountainsides.

Two days at home and we will be off to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for our Collectors' Convention at the Lancaster Host Resort. If you do not already plan to be there, and can make it, it is not too late. If you arrive without prior booking, we will welcome you to the convention floor, though we cannot guarantee a room in the hotel.

Next week I will send you photos of the convention.



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