Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Some of the events of August 2017

I saw a car pass over a raccoon.  This was among some diary entries in August 2002, fifteen years ago,  it was dark, or not dark but still early morning.   I had delivered papers every morning since spring of 1999 so  raccoons were out when I was.  The raccoon was on the road, lying down and trying to raise up. 

The Raccoon had the car pass right over him, then he got up and went to the other side from me, without a limp, and headed to a yard between houses where he could recuperate and then go home, probably to the gulch.

It was on a Thursday.  Relatives arrived from California at the weekend, there was a picnic on Vashon Island at Dockton County Park, there is a photograph with two or three tiers of relatives lined up with some trees behind. 

Two weekends later, on a Saturday and Sunday I locate the sessions I found time for with the stereo and the tape recorder, to play the 1960 records by the Tacoma Runeberg Chorus really loud and make a recording of them.

Then I began a yearly Swedish hymn translation of pieces I am convinced were familiar to the original Swedish people at the early versions of First Lutheran Church.  At the end of August 2017, I brought in a first hymn. 

And it was years later that a tape got transferred to the computer.  And recently I located a site on the internet that would turn it into the version that the slideshow app could use as audio.

So the 1962 Runeberg Lodge record become shared has had a slow background.  I was able to share one of the songs on a slideshow on Earth Day 2017.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Concert at the Scottish Rites Cathedral August 1934

A repeated blog entry from an earlier year during the first ten years at Spice Drawer Mouse Refers to An Article From Sunday August 26, 1934 - The venue for the concert described here is discussed by Matt Driscoll in a News Tribune Article.  This is the repeated blog entry:
An interesting article from Sunday, August 26, 1934, tells of the Labor Day Weekend concert planned by Order of Runeberg at the Scottish Rites Cathedral. The program for the event lists a banquet after the Sunday Concert at First Lutheran Church. (In this photo of the Scottish Rites Cathedral Building, which still stands, the spires of Stadium High School appear in the far distance.)
MUSICAL FEAST PROMISED CITY
Order of Runeberg Singing Society Will Meet Here Saturday and Sunday
Next Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, the 10th annual convention of the Order of Runeberg Singing Society will open with registration of the singers and visitors at the Scottish Rite cathedral. The entire morning and most of the afternoon will be spent in rehearsal of the combined choruses. The women of the Tacoma Order of Runeberg have charge of the luncheon to be served for the singers at the Valhalla Temple.

At 9 o'clock Saturday evening the Scottish Rite cathedral will be the scene of the grand ball. Scandinavian dances will be featured, and musci will be furnished by the Gord Orchestra. Mayor Smitley will be present and will give a short address.
The concert, which begins at 3 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, will also be held at the Scottish Rite cathedral, and it promises to be one of the most outstanding concerts ever given by the grand chorus. Guest artists for the occasion will be Miss Viola Wasterlain, will-known Tacoma violinist; Victor Wickstrom, baritone, of Olympia, and Mrs. Gene Wallin-Sundsten, soprano, of Seattle. Mrs. Sunsten is an accomplished soloist and is very popular among the Runeberg singers. Besides being a member of the Seattle chorus, she has also been soloist at a number of the conventions. The grand chorus will sing one group of American selections, but the majority of the program will be a Swedish. Prof. John Sundsten of Seattle is the present director of the grand chorus. Prof. Sundsten has been associated with the Runberg Singing society for many years, having served as the accompanist at most of the conventions. Last year he was chosen by the society as grand director, and he has proven to be a most able and sympathetic leader. One group of Swedish numbers at the concert will be directed by the honorary past-director, Martin Carlson of Tacoma. Mr. Carlson was director of the grand chorus and the Tacoma chorus from the origin of the society in 1924 until last year, when he resigned on account of ill health.
(Accompanying baritone Victor Wickstrom was Linnea Gord at the piano - Kors Spindeln by Sibelius, and De Tva Grenadörerna by Schubert)
Starting out the program was Modersmålets Sång (Hagfors), Men Liljorna de Växa (Otto Anderson), and March ur Finlands Namn (A. Von Kothen)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spice Drawer Mouse Is Ten

Spice Drawer Mouse is Ten.  It seems yesterday that the blog was two, and celebrated with the nice cube at left.  At Facebook is a short video to celebrate.

Link To First Blogpost of Spice Drawer Mouse

The first blogpost of Spice Drawer Mouse is dated March 27, 2007.  Soon it will be ten years since the first blogpost of Spice Drawer Mouse. 

Back After Weeks And I Did Read



Weeks since my previous post:  after I finished reading the Sara Paretsky book with the passage I referred to:    I found a meter around the corner from the Star's building on Kinzie and Canal.  One of Global's economizing measures had been to close down the Star's beaux arts building in the Loop and to move the reporting and editorial staff out to the press building along the Chicago River.  Given the four-hundred-million-dollar price tag for Global's corporate headquarters on Wacker, I suppose every penny saved on investigative journalism was essential; through my haze of anger I felt a brief twinge of sympathy for Murray, moved into this dingy building in the shadow of the rail yards and expressways.         (I realized the comment can apply to many who find digital publication brings change, I found this passage to be great .)

I have followed my own advice and re-read another volume in this series, Body Work.  Elements of the plot were in harmony with the Pierce County Reads new selection, Grunt, about the supplies countries provide for military.     I read Louise's Lies by Sarah Shaber, a volume from the Louise Pearlie mysteries - Louise works for a government office, the OSS, which accumulates sensitive and useful data for the use of the war department.  The character show the reader Washington D.C. during World War Two.  Central to the scene in Louise's Lies is the unoccupied German Embassy.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Some People Might Do Less Internet For Lent...

Mardi Gras: for Lent some people might do less screen time and I would like to recommend a book.  Sara Paretsky, whose work was honored with the 2015 Paul Engel prize from Iowa, plans another publication this year.  I have been re-reading Breakdown (2012), in which Sara Paretsky discusses alternative truths in news, and in social behavior,  in the context of change to digital format in her Chicago's newspaper, the Star. 

Murray Ryerson, a supportive character in the V.I. Warshawski series, is an investigative reporter.  Digital change has reduced his prestige and his control over his content.  Alternative truth floods the airwaves from a source that was reliable print reporting and editorial content.  I wish to share a paragraph:

I found a meter around the corner from the Star's building on Kinzie and Canal.  One of Global's economizing measures had been to close down the Star's beaux arts building in the Loop and to move the reporting and editorial staff out to the press building along the Chicago River.  Given the four-hundred-million-dollar price tag for Global's corporate headquarters on Wacker, I suppose every penny saved on investigative journalism was essential; through my haze of anger I felt a brief twinge of sympathy for Murray, moved into this dingy building in the shadow of the rail yards and expressways.

The central character's series of interviews that begins with Murray Ryerson in his cubical (and does continue to Global's high rise new office) contrasts with an earlier scene at the apartment of the title (Breakdown) character.  In the disarray from Leydon Ashford's Bipolar illness, V.I. clears plates of food from rooms, clears perishables from the refrigerator, does the dishes, while she searches for clues.  Leydon was a college classmate who during a Bipolar relaspse fell from a balcony in a chapel.

Breakdown begins with an alternative truth:  V.I. Warshawski's search for thirteen-year-olds who are out after curfew progresses to their shared discovery of a dead body.  Before V.I. will connect with the police, she starts the group of girls away from the scene so that the police will not interview them until their parents are present. 
 
I am sure we share her belief that a separate truth in this way is appropriate, it is appropriate to show children a different emphasis because only years of time can allow them perspective on topics adults have to manage.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Memories of Valhalla - Gustaf Salander 1917

From reference about Gustaf Salander at the PLU Archives:  purchase of Groceries for the Valhalla, 1917 - a hundred years ago.