Friday, February 5, 2016

Daffodils

When I went past some daffodils in a flower bed I thought of how perfect they were.  They seemed great enough to stand up to how it has started to rain again, later in the afternoon.

The Wordsworth poem Daffodils was part of school.  Always liked it.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sanders' and Hillary Clinton's Parental Choices

Along with one natural child, Sanders also has three step-children, while  Hillary Clinton has raised an only child.  Parenting often is veiled from the view of voters.  What are non-parents to do?  We know the parenting, or breeding, majority gives only a limited response to non-parents.  

Sanders added three step-children when he remarried after a divorce.  Perhaps this did not increase the number of his biological children.  But he decided to marry a woman who was not Zero Population Growth, by those standards, three is too many.  When he decided not to search farther for another prospect,  but to marry someone with three children, he chose against a possible marriage to someone with no children, or who had limited her family size to an only child.  As a politician he must have seen his dilemma and his paradoxical choice. 

As a non-parent I observe times when I could not make progress and have wondered if the dominance of kindness about children, when non-parents are a clear minority, makes human resources prioritize and choose to hire parents over non-parents.   

The sexism in employment has been measured.  It is a clear male sexism, and it is females who go through the pain of childbirth and who lactate.  Non-parent women are categorized and stereotyped alongside them.   

Planned Parenthood officially supports Hillary Clinton, and in the recent Iowa Caucus I see her neck and neck with Bernie Sanders.  Bernie Sanders is listed at one location on the internet as the parent of one son.  To some degree his group has neglected to specify differently.  With the parenting element often veiled from the voting public, I remember, You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.   Abraham Lincoln

What are non-parents supposed to do, in the face of people who have the social and the human resources opportunity to a sentimental appeal from the admitted helplessness of new-born babies?  A Peanuts strip includes Lucy Van Pelt appealing that it is not right to bring new children into this uncertain world.  What are non-parents supposed to do, when we certainly know that it is only a very limited response the parenting, or breeding majority gives to the non-parents?   

Family arises as a topic although we have gone through much social change during the past fifty, sixty years.  A big impression for me, even as a non-parent, is the importance of taking a kind perspective about little children, and one major definition of family is the living situation with parents and dependent children.  However, the family size of a potential candidate is an indication of the behavior and choices made in private.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sequel to Captain January, Star Bright

I want to include an illustration by Frank T. Merrill, who contributed much to what appearance should be like – he illustrated a version of the Louisa May Alcott books.

 
 
 
Returned an Interlibrary Loan Book - a sequel to Captain January, by Laura E. Richards, the novel two movies were based on, one that starred Shirley Temple.  (Whose face is on a stamp now, Shirley Temple.)  The story advanced to a young lady raised in the affluent New York home of her aunt, in a time of romantic associations.  Her language often returns to the three books of her early reader years, the Bible, The Dictionary, and Shakespeare.   At the end of the story she is returned to her seaside home and she sings "Where the Bee Sucks, There Suck I"(from The Tempest):
Where the bee sucks, there suck I:   /  In a cowslip’s bell I lie;
There I couch when owls do cry.   /  On the bat’s back I do fly
After summer merrily.    /  Merrily, merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

At the Democrats' Meeting

Bag made from t-shirt
A few years back I looked for the pirate bean recipe because I remembered it from the Sunday Buffet at Steve’s Gay Nineties, where my folks brought us once in a while.   Steve’s decorated with memorabilia from the 1890s and the booths in the dining room had buggy wheels.  I saw these in photos while searching for the pirate bean recipe.  Steve’s, which was in the business district in South Tacoma, had its own cable car.

Yesterday evening I brought the Caribbean Pirate Bean recipe and a few cookies to a chili event.   Today I found that another person posted photos from the event, which was the Democrats’ Meeting, where RepresentativeDerek Kilmer spoke, and there I am, I think holding my little cell phone.  I had not realized the chili event was some sort of Contest.  It seems I apparently have won the equivalent of the Yellow (or bronze) Ribbon for my (now) Prize Winning Pirate Beans Recipe.
A representative of Plastic Ain’t Tacoma’s Bag handed out Pledge Cards and free Bags made out of t-shirts at the event.  This morning I followed the pattern on the card and turned a grubby t-shirt into a bag.  The video show cutting off the seams.  Perhaps that is differently hygienic than holding on the the seams as you cut, to me holding on to the seams would increase endurance.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Came Across Census Materials 2000

In 1999 I biked to Wheelock Library to test for Census Enumerator for the 2000 Census.  Later I was in an Enumerator Training Session, at Main Library, where I watched the plans appear so Car-Dependent.  That day, at one point, News Tribune photographer Janet Jensen came in to take photos.  As the experience went along, I found I was not continuing with the Enumerator Position, although I had tested to do it.


The project looked car-dependent to me.  The project should be open to alternative transportation, especially Bike Ridership.  Most likely the next presidency will include the 2020 United States Census, the Census is an increasingly challenging project.  Managers of the 2020 Enumerators were directly assuming that the Enumerator would be getting around in a car. Alternative transportation continues to matter very much.  The Enumerator Position should be strategized to employ bike riders.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Photo From The End of December - Valhalla Hall, Tacoma, Washington

Valhalla Hall December 2015


Valhalla Hall

Poem to bring to the Open Mike at King's Books

Computer Art of Internet Capture
1926, Bale's Café to the left
January in the second week brings a reading of the Distinguished Writer Series to King's Books.  So I have looked around for a poem to bring.  And find I would like to include this work on the topic of the Tacoma Art Event during 2015, the Re-release of the film,  The Eyes of the Totem. 

Poem
Can it be ten years
since Connie and Karen Havnaer and I
Stayed at the Tyee Motor Inn
during readings at Green Bank Farms
on Whidby Island?

So much of my early plans
were about the side trip I did the day before
to Stanwood, the Stanwood Hotel
where My father worked in 1925.

I found a news paper ad for the hotel
that called their cafe Ted's Cafe... 

last year, At an Eyes of the Totem
book talk about Songs of Willow Frost,
Jamie Ford stepped toward
us and took a photo for Facebook.


I identified my self the next day,
an edge of a person behind
the previous row.  Jamie Ford dated his chapter
The Eyes of the Totem 1924,
the mistake is easy to trace 

to the origin of the Weaver Studios.
In Willow Frost, a Catholic Orphanage.

1924 – the year of the initiative
to abolish private education. 

Backed by the Ku Klux Klan
it attacked Catholics
but brought together Catholics
and Lutherans into a common interest.) 

In my father's tapes
he worked at Bale's Cafe after it opened
Bale's Cafe at 905 Pacific Avenue, 

would be at the edge
of a still I Captured from
an Eyes of the Totem trailer. 

The clearly visible building
where the city history group has
a display and office, this is

the block where my father worked.
He was at Bales Cafe in nineteen-twenty-six
three months, then worked 

for three weeks at the Tacoma Hotel,

just beside the Totem Pole
where the melodrama star 

holds out a beggar's tin cup
to everyone who goes by. 

So at the movie I look
at all the faces and along the streets
to see if my father appears. 

He went back to University of Washington
School of Pharmacy in the autumn.