Saturday, March 30, 2013

Memorial Service for Governor Booth Gardner

I recreated an interesting pin like one I saw at the Booth Gardner Memorial Service this morning. There must have been a resource of pins like this from the Booth Gardner elections. Several attenders or ushers or greeters wore these.

The service was presented beautifully. The music was very good.  It was at University of Puget Sound Field House.  Booth Gardner had gone to the University of Washington, as I am sure many others at the memorial had, and as I had. 

I remembered going to the Governor’s Writers Day in 1986, as a Washington Author,  my book Shelter had been published by Dragon Gate in 1985.   I was with my publisher Gwen Head that day.  And with others.  After the ceremony in the outdoors - and I think a photo was taken of all the Washington Authors -we were invited to go into the Governor’s Mansion to see it, a small group of us walked along the approach to the mansion, and inside the mansion we admired the beautiful historic old rooms.  The governor was Booth Gardner then. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Yesterday I saw the restored Pagoda at Point Defiance Park and walked past the Wishing Well near the rose garden arbor.  The wish they keep granting is hyacinths in the well which is now a planter, hyacinths, close up to be smelled. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Six Years At Spice Drawer Mouse

Another anniversary for Spice Drawer Mouse.  Six years. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

At Thursday's Holocaust Conference: Deborah Lipstadt

Waited Thursday evening to hear the speech by Deborah Lipstadt “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving”, and was of two minds about it, it made my return plans by bus rather late.  Her speech turned out to be really good.  When she had listed this other author as a Holocaust Denier in her book, he sued her.  The trial was in London, and she won.  David Irving at one point said he believed that during such a trial a person in her position as defendant would “crack up and cop out” – and she stood up to this.  And really won.  The terms“crack up and cop out” relate in some way to slurs against mental health.  It was very good to hear her speak.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Allen African Methodist Episcopalian Church Building on Yakima Avenue

                                                The old Church Building on Yakima Avenue
Looking Back: A South Sound History Through Words and Pictures, 25 Years Ago Today March 8, 1988, regarding the Allen African Methodist Episcopalian Church: “A day of rejoicing as the congregation marched from its old church building at 1415 S. Yakima Ave., to its new home on the corner of South 13th and K Streets.” This quote from The News Tribune is from March 8, 2013.

This twenty-fifth anniversary mention coincides with an Tacoma Weekly article about planned development nearby. Because I am aware of where this old church building is, I felt concerned.

I spoke briefly to someone who works at the old church building and to someone at the office of the Catholic Community Services. Their information was that the plan was for the historic old building to be taken down.  Catholic Community Services old building shows in the distance in the photograph.

The property mentioned in the Tacoma Weekly article also includes many large old trees. Under those trees were several tables for out-door eating. Even in the mild rain, if one uses the very sort of poncho I had on, such seating is a possible resting area. I hope to reach concerned community members who care about trees and historic preservation.