Tuesday, May 26, 2009

At Facebook

Facebook is interesting, I have been at Facebook today.

As simultaneous comment - I wish to bring to the attention of Friends of Orwell's "Politics and the English Language" a discussion point at Friends of Freddy the Pig, a detailed reading of Walter Brooks' props.

Friends of Freddy the Pig and Friends of George Orwell's Politics and the English Language should become aware of one another.

In Feddy Plays Football (page 94): Mr. Ollie Groper, the proprietor...(of the Centerboro Hotel)...never used a short word if a long one would do. "This here," he said as he shook hands, "is a most felicitious visitation."

This is a tacit acknowledgement of Orwell, which makes clear also that Animal Farm motivated Walter Brooks to create the Freddy the Pig books.

There are plenty of props in the books. When Freddy was checking in to the Centerboro Hotel in disguise, the reader learns:

Among the many disguises Freddy used in his detective work, the best was that of an old woman - probably because the bonnet hid his long nose, and the skirt came down to cover his trotters.

A source for contemplation of books with animals is Animal Land by Margaret Blount, which approaches the topic with thought that is empathetic and clear. There is a gap between the animals and ourselves.

When I happened to find this interesting reading of Walter Brooks' props I requested copies of books from Stacks at the library and some of the Memorial Day weekend looked through them. The copy of Freddy Plays Football may be the one I read in the late 1950's. It was a busy weekend, I saw a color guard presentation at a cemetery and rode my bike along country roads.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Books at Twelve-Ten Out For the Summer

Eight finished out a year of Books at Twelve-Ten yesterday afternoon with Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. Discussion of characters and history was preceded by travel books and maps as well as the library's available dvds of Island at War, a BBC dramatization of the story of the Invasion and Occupation of the Channel Islands in World War Two. Over the weekend I read the book. As I look back, perhaps we might have discussed the experience the central character shared in general with working women during the time that followed the war. For early baby boomers, the story can reflect on the experience of their own mothers.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

western tanager

Today a Western Tanager was in a tree outside the County City Building.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Runeberg Lodge and Family History Events

Runeberg Lodge, February 09
Childhood Sweaters, Finland

Med andra barnbarn av min morsmor, vem var född i Malax, jag mötade med historia och fotos. Sedan 2001 vi hade tolv eller tretton mötar. En kusin också har en garage förställning varje år i juni. (Fotos av Garage Förställning 2008 på Facebook.)

Runeberg Orden i 2009 hade historia på två motar.

(With other grandchildren of my grandmother, who was born in Malax, I met with history and photos. Since 2001 we had twelve or thirteen meetings. A cousin also has a garage sale every year in June. Photos of Garage Sale 2008 on Facebook.

The Runeberg Lodge in 2009 had histories at two meetings. )

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Malax Facebook

God dag till Malax Facebook! Förlåt mig, jag talar inte mycket svensk. Jag är i Runebergs Orden i United States, Washington State. Min mor var i Malax 1930 och 1938, jag var i Malax 1990. Min mors mor var född i Malax. Jag är en poet, min blog heter Spice Drawer Mouse.

Hello to Malax Facebook! I apologize, I do not speak much Swedish. I am in the Order of Runeberg in the United States, Washington State. My mother was in Malax 1930 and 1938, I was in Malax 1990. My grandmother was born in Malax. I am a poet, my blog is called Spice Drawer Mouse

Saturday, May 9, 2009


lilacs over a back fence, I leaned the bike, then out from a yard sale up an alley

Friday, May 1, 2009

In Tahoma's Shadow

In Tahoma's Shadow: Poems From The City of Destiny (2009, Exquisite Disarray Publishing, edited by William Kupinse and Tammy Robacker) made its appearance yesterday evening for poets whose work appears there. The anthology is printed on recycled paper. My prose poem Point of View is included. The event at University of Puget Sound accompanied the announcement of the new Poet Laureate of Tacoma - Antonio Edwards.