Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
The most obvious association I make with photos and other items from my parents' archives is the memory of my mother's home. My mother brought my sister and me there twice a week all through our childhoods. Sometimes they brought out photos to to look through at the kitchen table, or other memorabilia. This hundred-year-old post card on it reminds me first and most importantly to me, of my mother's home, where it was first stored.
For my father, his photos' location was a different matter. All the photos left by my father must have been stored with his brother, Uncle Fred, while my father was in
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These photos my father took in
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A literary note: if you scroll part way down at the photo site I linked to for photos by Stephen Cysewski of the Alaska State Fair in the early 1970's, there is a sight referred to in a book of stories by Carol Bly called Backbone. It is a Mouse Roulette Wheel. (Carol Bly's book includes stories as well about Lutherans in the midwest. It is possible that the Mouse Roulette Wheel itself was brought from the midwest to
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Tour de Revs bikes raise consciousness about alternative transportation as they ride through farmland raising money for Lutheran World Hunger. In
According to the blog, the Tour de Revs were most recently at the Matanuska Valley in Alaska. It is the site of the Alaska State Fair, a midwest state fair imported to Alaska with Depression Dust Bowl refugees. For photos of the fair from the 70's, by cysewski, clik.
The tour the revs travel in a van and do pledged bike rides to raise the money. This is what went on in Sumner at one o'clock as they set out on the 50 mile ride:
I ask and yes, these six bikes are the biking group that will accompany the Tour de Revs from Sumner Pierce County Library parking lot.
They're stopped at the railroad tracks! And a couple of kids bike off, maybe to the railroad track.
When the yellow bike rider stands up off the log she was on, the bike falls over.
Then there is a train whistle, AMTRAK, Sounder Commuter Train, freight train. It is a freight train that goes by on the other side of the big hardware store.
Then the three-person bike made of bamboo arrives.
Their cleats sound on the cement.
(A mustang that just parked backs up right up to them to un-park, as though they are not there because at other times they are not there.)
All right, all right, someone says. Traffic and Maple. Or we could go right. To the trail head. OK. OK.
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