Speaking of likable people, here are two more:
Ramona said to me the other day, as she was rereading Down to the Bonny Glen, "Mommy, Lissa's really a great writer."
"I know! I agree! She's wonderful."
"I mean," Ramona continued, "listen to this: Martha closed her eyes and felt the wind on her face. She wanted to drink it. I mean, she has ... oh, she has the spirit of a writer."