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laura x

laura x

Librarian. Native Iowan. Wyoming expatriate.
These Are the Brave and Fluffy Cats Who Served in World War I -
These Are the Brave and Fluffy Cats Who Served in World War I
These Are the Brave and Fluffy Cats Who Served in World War I
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Because cats. - laura x from Bookmarklet
Survey: When I see a police officer, I feel ____________. DM me if you don't want to answer publicly.
intimidated - RepoRat
Defensive - Christina Pikas from iPhone
curious. (As in, what is the officer doing, thinking, investigating. I see officers every day at my train station since it's connected to the airport.) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
reflexively afraid. unless I know them personally. (have since I was a kid. raised in a hippie context.) when I lived in a high-crime neighborhood, I generally felt relieved to see them, because it took them forever to show up when called, and they never patrolled our area - so if they were there, they were at least *interrupting* something bad going down. not sure I'd feel that way now. - Marianne
Anxious. (Even though I stopped speeding years ago.) - laura x from iPhone
Nothing - Amir
anxious - maʀtha
Grateful or anxious, depending on if I'm in a car or at work. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Grateful. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Careful - Todd Hoff
Meh. - Joe
If I see an officer and the lights are spinning on a car that he or she may be in, then I get a little anxious. - Joe
nothing one way or the other - MAMA VAL#GOSCARLETTGO
grateful that we seem to have a skilled serve & protect department, not a paramilitary force. - Walt Crawford
Anxious. The two times I've called them for help: embarrassed. I never realized just how much my parents managed to inculcate me with the whole "never talk to cops" thing that probably a lot of immigrants from developing countries have. - Victor Ganata
Conscientious. - Julian
Curious, mostly. But depending in the situation, that feeling might be anxiety, anger, or relief. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Nothing. It is about as noteworthy as seeing a fast food worker or UPS guy. They're just someone doing their job in an immediately recognizable uniform. - Soup in a TARDIS
Curious, but it's also contextual. If I seem them coming in where I work, I do wonder what's wrong (we've had the police come in to arrest people in the past). - Katy S
Self-aware. Am I acting normal enough? AM I ACTING TOO NORMAL? What would a normal person do, in my situation? - Meg VMeg
^ This right here. I start to immediately wonder if I'm doing anything that might get me in trouble or make me seem suspicious, even though I know perfectly well that I've done nothing wrong. - Hookuh Tinypants
Oh, yeah...totally what Meg and Amanda are talking about. Why do I suddenly feel like I got caught on my way to the kitchen to sneak a cookie at night? - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Is it possible for Meg to act normal? Or anyone? - Joe
Curious, self-conscious, possibly defensive depending on the context. - Corinne L
Cautious. Self-aware works, too. - Lola Bean (Penguin)
Tense, anxious, self conscious. Usually it's seeing a police car while driving which means I immediately slow down even though I'm rarely gouing more than 5 mph over the limit. - Galadriel C. from Android
Agree on the context. Curious/bland. I lived with a NY city cop (he's married to one of my best friends, we shared an apt when he was in academy) and both this apt/last I live 2 blocks from police station. I am at ease w/ the liaison from CPD that I see at work all the time, though other officers in MPOW make me nervous. - Hedgehog from Android
Anxious, defensive (if in US). Nothing (if in Norway). - Jenny H. from Android
Norwegian's make me nervous. They eat Reindeer. - Eric Logan
Curious. - Melly
Especially if in traffic I know he's above the law. Speeding, no turn signals, weaving around btwn lanes, running red lights, anything everybody else would get pulled over for. So I just get out of the way. Because who pulls over a cop? - Otherwise, not much to be felt. - Uli
RT @amdial: Beloved Illustrator @maryengelbreit Blasted Over #Ferguson Artwork
RT @amdial: Beloved Illustrator @maryengelbreit  Blasted Over #Ferguson Artwork
If Netflix could just block out every movie I ever saw with my grandmother or that I wish I could see with her, I might be able to watch movies again.
**hugs** - Kirsten
hugs to you, laurax - maʀtha
:( - Janet
I do not get white people.
People are really invested in not seeing how others have to live in order to affirm their own worldview. It's infuriating. - Katy S from iPhone
Laura with an x just made me laugh out loud. Great lead. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
RT @owslibrary: We think the @fergusonlibrary is great for stepping up! Show them some love, everyone!
"When you think that you've lost everything, you find out you can lose a little more."
:( - Janet from FFHound!
Hugs. - Joe
Thinking of you. - Marianne
Here's what #toddlerx has been up to lately.
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he's training to be an astronaut! - Sir Shuping is just sir
I kinda can't handle how much of a big boy he is now! And still really cute :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
He is 2.5. It stuns me on a daily basis. - laura x
There is not enough caffeine in my bloodstream. Rectifying that now.
RT @lydiakiesling: The good-citizen-do-what-they-say contortions w/ which people justify police actions, from detention to murder, make mockery of free society
Ginger lemon honey whiskey hot toddy, you're my only hope.
33 years later, I still miss my father. Today I discovered that Grinnell has put the finding aid to his papers online:
love to you, Laura. - Marianne
Hugs - Janet from FFHound!
<3 - Jenny H. from Android
I took classes my first year at Grinnell from your father. He was very kind to me and I learned a great deal from him He moved to Cornell the next year. - Clay Williams
What a wonderful legacy. - Megan loves summer
Thank you, all, and Clay, thank you for telling me. It means a great deal. - laura x from iPhone
Confronting Reality by Reading Fantasy - The Atlantic
Confronting Reality by Reading Fantasy - The Atlantic
RT @familyunequal: Shoot yourself twice, shame on you: MT @saramayeux: disgraceful use of the passive voice in the NYT
RT @familyunequal: Shoot yourself twice, shame on you: MT @saramayeux: disgraceful use of the passive voice in the NYT
Nothing inspires self-pity like a bad head cold.
Truth. Hope you feel better! - Katie
*passes the hot toddy flask* - Kirsten
I hope you feel less miserable soon. - John (bird whisperer)
And summer colds are the worst :( feel better soon. - Jen
Oh noooooooooooooo - Meg VMeg
so true - lris
Who would like to come over for banana pancakes? #toddlerx is not a fan. I have tons.
ohh ohh me! I would! - Sir Shuping is just sir
I'm anti-banana, except when I'm not. I suspect that makes me toddler-like. ;) - ellbeecee from Android
Let me just fire up the teleporter. - Julian
I would, but I'm on #TeamToddlerX. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I'd love some! But maybe just put them in foil in the freezer for easy morning breakfast. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I'd eat them. Would toddlerx like mr and ms 2's sandwiches? Turkey, havarti, mayo,tomato, lettuce. One top bun may be missing - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Christina, possibly, but it's hard to say. I'm really happy to eat all the pancakes. - laura x from iPhone
May I add some strawberries and a splash of chocolate syrup? - B. LB. from Android
May I add ice cream and chocolate syrup? - April Russo
Anything you like, if you bring it. :) I have strawberries, blueberries, butter, and real maple syrup (grade B!) here. - laura x
*packs* - B. LB. from Android
Leftovers in the morning! - laura x from iPhone
15 minutes and $0.04 at Ace Hardware and I have a functional pepper grinder again. #toddlerlife
One of my local heroes died. He wrote new words to old labor songs for Students Against Sweatshops, and anything I know about running a tight meeting I learned from watching him preside over the City Fed. Don't mourn, organize.
Neil Young, people. Haters to the side. #soundtrackfortoday
"Verdi's Requiem played back through spinning vuvuzelas" Roto-operaismo, 2014 (roughcut documentation) on Vimeo -
My friend does weirdly fascinating things. - laura x from Bookmarklet
Dear God, please send reinforcements. Or patience. Or an early bedtime.
Hang in there, Laura! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Funny. I'm thinking the same thing, but mine is 19 years old. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
How about a glass of wine? - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Thanks, all. Yvonne, I'll take that too. Though to be fair I did already have one. One hour to go.... - laura x from iPhone
Did you make it? Are you alive? - Joe
"From legendary Pixies frontman, Black Francis, comes a bold and visually arresting illustarted novel about art, conflict, and the origins of a certain type of cinema" - laura x from Bookmarklet
Holy crap! - laura x
Well. - Marie
A Tool That Answers 'What's That Typeface?' - The Atlantic -
A Tool That Answers 'What's That Typeface?' - The Atlantic
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"When you start thinking about the way words look, and how the shape of each one influences the way you feel about what you're reading, it's hard to stop. Pause for a minute and look around. Letters are everywhere, which means we're surrounded by typographical choices almost all the time." - laura x from Bookmarklet
Check out the New York Public Library’s hilarious archive of librarians’ harsh children’s book reviews - Quartz -
Check out the New York Public Library’s hilarious archive of librarians’ harsh children’s book reviews - Quartz
"You can hear their spirited voices in the catalog of about 6,400 index-sized cards, which offers everything from critical take-downs of Green Eggs and Ham (“typical of Suess’ late-period”) to racy reviews of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and scandalized reactions to Judy Blume’s Forever. Perhaps because the reviews were for internal purposes only, the librarians were unabashed in their criticism." - laura x from Bookmarklet
We are watching Pete Seeger videos, and #toddlerx insisted on getting his guitar so he could play along. I like to think Pete would would be proud.
Tonight's dinner was a reminder that Iowa isn't so bad: pasta with garlic scape and parsley pesto, corn on the cob, and heirloom tomatoes.
The corn came from the bank, natch. - laura x from iPhone
"Julia had been very very good for a long time, and the funny thing about that was, if you're too good too much of the time, people start to forget about you." --Lev Grossman, The Magician King
RIP, Margot Adler. You helped me figure out how to be a grown up and still be myself.
Judy Blume: 'I thought, this is America: we don't ban books. But then we did'' | Books | The Guardian -
Judy Blume: 'I thought, this is America: we don't ban books. But then we did'' | Books | The Guardian
"Forever…, she says, was written after a request from her teenage daughter (it's dedicated to her: "For Randy as promised … with love"). "She was reading all these books, where a girl succumbed [to sex], she would be punished, sometimes she would die. And Randy said, 'Couldn't there ever be a book where two nice kids do it and nobody has to die?' And I thought 'Yes, I need to write this'."" - laura x from Bookmarklet
She's one writer I would love to meet in person. - Corinne L
Meeting her would be amazing. - Heather
Reminds me of god I loved that show. - Joe
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