Thursday, June 15, 2017

Novels and Amber Alert and MILK CARTONS – Thirty and more years, since the 1980s milk cartons have spoken in kitchens of children's misfortunes.  The internet now provides Amber Alert.   

The novel I am reading right now is a re-read of a third volume in a mystery series, The Ruth Galloway series.  By Elly Griffiths.  The House At Sea's End, in its scope, also speaks out about children's misfortunes as it continues an exploration of an ancient history of archeological finds in Norfolk, England. 

The books' mild, forgiving approach, an approach of moderation in appeal, shape a character study of the earliest realities of a single mother and her child.  As a reader, I am made aware (The trap is set.) as the father initiates a rendezvous, near the time of the child's first birthday.  The single mother is a forensic archaeologist.

The series includes organic literary references; at one point, in a rowboat, Arthur Ransome's name rises.  Or the characters' goings about feel like Shakespeare's characters lost in a forest.   A new volume in the series is out and before I read it I wanted to re-read to remind myself of this story.  I think the Norfolk, England archaeology setting, the kind approach to the characters, and the stresses of our times make the mystery series important. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The New Park Footbridge Project Seems to Connect to A Previous Pedestrian Path From Point Defiance Park to Ruston Way


Other moments return to my mind at Point Defiance Park and at Ruston.  Among these: my father briefly worked at the smelter, and a member of my mother's First Lutheran Church confirmation class in 1927 ?, a Stanley Nelson, not the only Stanley Nelson, wrote poems of his work at the slag heap of the smelter, he was championed by his daughter Mary Ann Nelson and by Historian Tom Stenger.  My visits are seldom now, but an autumn or two ago as I walked toward the park entry an idea of Stanley Nelson's daughter became a spiritual guide:  I imagined that she, who became a college professor of children's literature, got off the bus where I just had, in a darkening Saturday afternoon, a child with a load of books that included some favorites of mine, the Dean Marshall series.


The nearby park from her childhood might have connected her to the meanings of nature in childrens' favorites.  And also returns to my mind a visit at Tom Stenger's house with her for snacks after the Memorial service for Stanley Nelson at the church after Stanley Nelson' s death.  Ruston had been home, I thought on June 3, 2017,  and looked up a steep newer street.  I left the new Number 15 Pierce Transit Line where above a Northwest Corridor passenger train vanished into the tunnel entry, at Yacht Club Road.


Among my mother's mementos is a 1930s photo on a newspaper magazine supplement front cover where she indicates where her father's fishing boat was moored, just off the edge.  One brother would drive her younger brother out to bring the fishing boat to the Old Town Dock, where everyone could get on so they could cross the bay to visit my grandmother's brothers-in-law, Birger and Eric, on Rosehilla Beach.  My mother's father died in 1931.


There is to be a pedestrian bridge from the park to Ruston Way.  I found one side of the bridge not far from the statue of the man who protected the peninsula of trees and established it as a city park.  I thought I could figure out where the other side of the bridge might be.  So walked down Yacht Club Road and took some pictures. 


The park has been separated from Ruston Way by the Smelter.  I found some three-year-old pictures from an October 2013 Walk and Bike along the waterfront in which I took my bicycle on the bus to the entrance to a hillside path just beyond the portables of the Science and Math Institute of Tacoma Public Schools.  Then a path traversed along the hillside to land at  the wide generous horizons of a spacious Waterfront.  Now the project removes a lot – path fences, trees, and portables and more. 


In my photo a pointy place recently advanced in the new bridge project can be viewed from both sides, Point Defiance, and Ruston Way.  Yes, the bridge seems to connect what had been the traversing pathway to the park.


A photo from 2013, October, shows a fence:  stories of my father say the fence style is a often-used fence style of the early settlers in Whatcom County, where he was born on the shores of Lake Whatcom.  (His family came there and bought a home from people retiring to town in Bellingham.  That was how my father happened to be born in a log cabin in 1902.)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Open Books Will Present a Memorial Reading for Joan Swift

This morning I visited Open Books in Seattle and left a broadside from the 1995 poetry reading Joan Swift gave for the Distinguished Poet Series.  A reading in memory of Joan Swift is planned at Open Books Tuesday, May 16th in the evening. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Song Translation Events - 2002 and Now

In my previous post, April 26, 2017, in which I considered events of August, 2002, I discussed a picnic with relatives and the time separately in which I played two 1960 records loud on the turntable and made a recording of them on the tape recorder.  The music also was a part of the yearly Swedish hymn translation of pieces familiar to the original Swedish people at the early version of First Lutheran Church.

At that time the church planned ahead to a 125th anniversary celebration and there was a yearly hymn performed by the choir in Swedish.  The first hymn was Hela världen frödes Herran – my name was credited as translator (see photo).  I had worked on Song Translations since 1989 and to be able to participate in the church anniversary, even though I attend only part-time, was heartening.  
A video in March celebrated the tenth anniversary of my blog, Spice Drawer Mouse.  This video is posted at Facebook.
Another video slideshow presented two songs from one of the two 1960 records that I played loud on the turntable to record back in 2002.

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.)
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)