The Sneak-Up of Summer

Beyond having folders full of half-written posts and ideas on post-it notes spread throughout my house, summer has snuck up on me. Trips to St. Louis, then into my summer job, weekend adventures up to Door County, and then a surprise visit home to Washington State for my mom’s birthday and much-needed Auntie time have taken away my time and energy to finish. Summer has officially snuck up on me and I know that, in time, fall will do the same. This is just a quick note to let you know that I haven’t disappeared into the archived stacks or down a dusty, country road in search of my next journey. Many more posts to come in the next few weeks. Thanks for your patience.

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Down by the River: St. Louis (Pictures)

My first time blogging about a trip is far more difficult than I expected. As a traveller, I fill as much time with experiences that I’ve found it leaves no time to write about it. I’ve started taking notes on the backs of receipts, with my camera, and a running log of answered questions in my Google search history.

I ambitiously assumed that I would have at least 2 posts about the trip up so far, but have now decided that my purse full of illegible scraps will have to suffice as notes and I can write more when I get home.

Until then, here are 15,000 words about our trip so far:

Monk's Mound at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville, IL

Monk’s Mound at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville, IL

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Gravestone Statue, Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

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Storm damage in Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

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Playwright Tennessee Williams headstone, Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

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St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO

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St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO

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St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO

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Independent bookseller, Subterranean Books, St. Louis, MO

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Fresh pretzel twists, Gus’s Pretzels, St. Louis, MO

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One of the world-famous Clydesdale at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, St. Louis, MO

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Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour, St. Louis, MO

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In the depths at the City Museum, St. Louis, MO

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Climbing towards the 10-story spiral slide, City Museum, St. Louis, MO

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Reflection in mirrored hall, City Museum, St. Louis, MO

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Sun shining through Scott Joplin composition, Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, St. Louis, MO

Tell Me How Much You Hated History Class…or Didn’t.

I never understood the polarizing quality of history. It’s not like you had to have the exact answers like math or science, or English, if you had a Jane Austen-obsessed teacher, who couldn’t possible understand my disinterest. (I will go to my grave arguing the pointless quality of reading Pride and Prejudice AND Sense and Sensibility back-to-back as a 15-year old.)

But history. It was about revolutions and events that created ideas. It was about great people writing heroic stories. Except when it was about June 27, 1880 or Milan, Ohio. Turns out there were right and wrong answers, which is apparently why some people just really don’t like history.

I’m doing a little research on these early notions of history. A short 8 question survey to determine whether a theory I hold about early history education is worth pursuing or simply a misguided resentment at the educational system.

I know we all love to share our opinion. Why else would be blog..or troll blogs to disagree with other people’s opinions…

Help me out by taking my survey here. And look for a future post about the results.

The Best of World Book Night 2013

If you read my last post, you are familiar with my failure to again apply to be a book giver during this years World Book Night 2013. And the subsequent pain of discovering one of my life changing titles on the list to give away.

It turns out there were so many amazing people who were not only WAY more attentive to details than I, but also genuinely excited about sharing books with members of their communities. Here are a few moments I found on Twitter that make me thankful and motivated. (I’ve signed up for the newsletter, I’m on it for 2014, guys!)

@wawharton: My GED class in Brooklyn celebrates world book night! @wbnamerica pic.twitter.com/AMWDiML28g

@aikonar: Looking down the bar for #wbn2013
A book about a bar, given to people at a bar, by their bartender. pic.twitter.com/N1zvInzHDC

@jennIRL: stealth-giving for #WBN2013! @corpuslibris is the sneakiest pic.twitter.com/sXwq1XZCFi

@GoddardRiv: It’s @wbnamerica at Goddard and the giving has already started! #WBN2013 pic.twitter.com/mTv8RFhQOz

@VernonLibrary: The fine folks at the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD with their new copies of POPULATION:485 by @sneezingcow #WBN2013 pic.twitter.com/cWQW63uiq2

@saltpublishing: There be pirates on #Cromer pier! Argh me ‘earties— they be celebrating @WorldBookNight #worldbooknight pic.twitter.com/HNJzveYFM8

@MsMelissaBrooks: @wbnamerica just gave away my first book

@nulibrs: #WorldBookNight is finally here & we’re giving away copies of ‘Red Dust Road’ tonight at 5pm! Where? you ask… well, pic.twitter.com/2FLrvPAmhW

@LibWithAttitude: twitpic.com/clb6u5 Have just made a train carriage of people happy by giving them a graphic novel #worldbooknight

A LIST! Because I’m Told Everyone Loves A LIST!

Minie ball divot in brick wall of outbuilding at The Carter House - Battle of Franklin

Minie ball divot in brick wall of outbuilding at The Carter House – Battle of Franklin

I found this list of favorite things on another blog and immediately decided to get my own Von Trapp on, minus the rain, the upholstery lederhosen and Nazi boyfriend. So, these are a few of my favorite things…

“Further On Up The Road” cover (technically) by Johnny Cash

subtlety in home decor

symmetry

a picture of my nephew playing his homemade didgeridoo

the idea of the Baker Street Irregulars, but maybe not the Baker Street Irregulars themselves…I’ll let you know

porches

horizontal lines (except in fashion)

powerful orators

Jayne Cobb

that Swype is a Browncoat poser (it knew Jayne Cobb, but went with brickbat on Browncoat)

old time radio dramas except The Whistler

frugality

these foam birds from Cargo

old Minié ball holes in brick walls and barn sides

Dürer’s Rhinoceros

hearing the seventh month of the year pronounced Joo-lye