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.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Addition To The Book Collection

In Miss Flora McFlimsy's Hallowe'en, Pookoo has an appointment with a witch, but Flora McFlimsy feels Pookoo should stay at home in the safe, warm doll house.  He will not, but does allow Flora McFlimsy to go along with him: "Well, if you promise not to wiggle, and you behave as well as I do, I'll ask her if you can come along,"  And so, an adventure follows.  I am by my history among the people of Flora McFlimsy, now I own not only the Christmas adventure of Flora McFlimsy, when a new little girl discovers her, courtesy of a visit from Santa Claus, but the discarded Tacoma Public Library volume from the series.  (I can still collect a book now and then:  but I used to collect books.)
 
 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Memories of Valhalla: Allen A.M.E. Church Project (4)


Valhalla Third Floor Dining Room


Because the Valhalla Hall has been torn down, the present view from the front door of Allen A.M.E. Church now is the empty Valhalla site. 

In an earlier blog entry I describe the Columbus Day 1962 Storm at the Valhalla Hall,  I watched glass shatter in a window in a brick building across the street and stream down, a veil of glitter In another blog entry I referred to  the news article that described the move of Allen A.M.E. Church to K Street.  In 1995 the Swedish Order of Valhalla sold the hall to a Seattle Business.
January 2008 Tom Stenger, who has attended First Lutheran Church, invited me to visit the project of  Allen A.M.E.  at the Valhalla Hall.  They were removing the hall interior, this included removal of original horse hair insulation from the walls, I saw the horse hair in loops inside the walls.
Other interested history people also visited the project, because in the workers had uncovered old murals that were included in older lodge descriptions. 
At that time I attended a presentation, one of many Allen A.M.E. put forward as they tried to complete funding for a hall restoration.  They fell short of attaining the necessary funding.  Their plans were shown on the internet and included a performance space like the hall dance hall with it third floor gallery above.  About three years ago I spoke to Reverend Barrett of the church who explained that it was true, while they leased to remodel the building they sought and found funding.  But their search for the project funding fell short of the money necessary.
View from Third Floor
I wanted to include one photo of the murals that I took that January day in 2008.  And I want to include a photo of the Allen A.M.E.Church from the third floor of the Valhalla Hall.  Their church building once featured a large cross, which was removed when other large street signs were taken down from above sidewalks.