Saturday at the Main Library I saw a front page article about the remodeling work done at the Maritime History Museum. My plans included going that way, anyway, so I walked down past the Old City Hall to Schuster Parkway and to the Museum. An unstable brick wall all along the front had been taken down and replaced with a beautiful glass window.
At a small laptop with a large digital camera on a tripod, a photo booth feature was set up. I chose a nice dark pea coat and a storm hat and they sent my photo to my email and included it on their Facebook Page. This all reminds me of clocks and weather instruments - I think they had clear weather and stormy weather captains who came out little doors according to the moisture or the high or low pressure readings.
The great displays included lots of really large format photos.
I searched along the street when I had seen the museum to find the bus stop for the routes that go from the Dome Station to Downtown and on. Waited on the esplanade where an egret flew along, beautiful.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Lauren Walker from Tacoma City Council moderated the discussion of Wonder by R. J. Palacio at King’s Books on Wednesday evening. About a dozen attended, including two children, their discussion was important, because the book is a children’s book. The main character is August, or Augie, who has a facial difference and, after years of home school, enters a middle school or junior high named for Henry Ward Beecher.
The setting was
to the story, the family had lived in New
York . When our discussion also included bullying,
Lauren Walker described experiences of her sons when they were in school in Connecticut in 1990. London
Another person attending brought up the idea of
literary enclave. Our discussion did not
continue long about literary Connecticut ,
we stayed with the characters in our story. When I looked that up later, I
found that Mark Twain had lived in Connecticut ,
probably the strongest historic figure of that group. Connecticut
Henry Ward Beecher and Harriett Beecher Stowe were from
. Also from Connecticut were Robert Lawson, Walt Kelly,
and Edward Eager, among other authors I remembered from children’s books days. The format used in Wonder - alternating narrative - was used by Edward Eager in a book
called The Well-Wishers. Since today is Paul Revere's Ride day, I should remember that Robert Lawson wrote a book about Paul Revere's horse. Eleanor Estes and Madeleine L’Engle were from Connecticut . (When I took the train in the Northeast in
1997, it was not in Connecticut . My thoughts were of the area, though, of the
sight of a shrub beside the train I later learned was Staghorn Sumac). Connecticut
Narration by Augie’s sister and his new friends alternated with narration by Augie to tell the story of how they were supportive of him and showed him empathy.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
I recreated an interesting pin like one I saw at the Booth Gardner Memorial Service this morning. There must have been a resource of pins like this from the Booth Gardner elections. Several attenders or ushers or greeters wore these.