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laura x

laura x

Librarian. Native Iowan. Wyoming expatriate.
Some days are like that. Even in Australia.
"Try to live a life that's completely free." (I'm one of those people who just likes "Fee." Sorry, real Phish fans.)
I like it too. I first heard two of my friends perform it at an open mic night in high school. - Laura
I love that album. - Mary Carmen
Someone just gave us some National Geographics that are actually old enough to be interesting.
Also, near mint-condition copies of the Atlantic Monthly and Harpers from the 1960s. The National Geographics are from the teens. - laura x
How old is old enough to be interesting? - Katy S from iPhone
1919 is earlier than any I've seen in a long time. - laura x
Neat! - Brian Johns
wow. JEALOUS! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
That does sound interesting. - Katy S from iPhone
I just got rid of a bunch of National Geographics from the subscription I had in the 80's, but I kept the #4 and #6 I bought at a library book sale. - Betsy
I used to think I had multiple coffee making methods because I was obsessed. Now I know it's so that when the child breaks the coffee pot, I can still make coffee.
i did cry when Mr 2 broke my nice little press pot i had for like 15 years. Still sad about it even though I got an aeropress to replace (yay gift certificate!) - Christina Pikas
I didn't cry. But he did have to go sit in his room while I cleaned up the glass. It was the bottom of my Melitta, and unfortunately you can't buy just the carafe. Bleah. Anyway, stovetop espresso maker to the rescue for today! - laura x
Check ebay. You might be able to find a carafe for it. - April Russo
My book is checked out in Madison, Laramie, Syracuse, Iowa City, and my library. You cannot check it out from Harvard, but you can look at it in the library.
Abortion and Birth, Together
Abortion and Birth, Together
Go There: How Hosting a Controversial Program Impacted My Library | Programming Librarian
U.S. Bureau of Land Management - Inyo National Forest(CA) Chief 2
Day 141~Sliding on Sunday
Mini Switzerland Taobat Valley, Azad Kashmir-Pakistan
Assembled! #planetcomicon
Wil explains the disappointment of The Phantom Menace to a little kid.
Uhhhh. Did I favorite these in my sleep? Time to change some more passwords. - laura x from iPhone
I am the wallflower at the pillow fight.
I am the wallflower at the pillow fight.
I don't mean to brag or anything, but I cooked a perfect steak tonight. Also asparagus and wine-glazed carrots.
Things you feel like you're the only person in the world who has read/seen/listened to. Go!
"Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep" by Eleanor Farjeon; The Good Master and The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy - laura x
Emmet Swimming - Something like this "Listen to the River". They had one hit (Arlington to Boston), but I really like all of their stuff. - Joe
Books, e-author John Locke; Donovan Creed series. Music: Gypsy Soul and Sass Jordan - Janet from FFHound!
Justin said, "How To Build Military Grade Suppressors, by Keith Anderson" Me, The Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic, by David Schwartz. - Jenica
The Skipper Chuck tv show for kids that was broadcast from a studio in Miami in the 1950s-1970s. - Stephen Francoeur
There's a video with a bunch of segments that I must have seen about a bajillion times in grade school; the first segment was an animated short called "Why Man Creates" (yes, it was the 1970s). - Catherine Pellegrino
Sister by Jim Lewis. I need to reread it to see if it holds up after 20 years, but I LOVED it. I've never known anybody else to have read it. - kaijsa
Lucky: . Wife and I loved this program. I think we were the only ones. Superfolks: . The copyright is 1977, so I must have been around 15 or 16 but I could have sworn I was younger. Either way, had my mom known of it's content (like explicit s-e-x), she wouldn't have let me read it.... more... - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Also, this is a very good thread starter. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Since leaving Canada, the series Slings and Arrows. Also the CD "Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!" by Corb Lund. (P.S. Jenica, I read Gooseberry Bluff!). - Soup in a TARDIS
I was telling someone at work a few days ago about Slings and Arrows. - Betsy
Every American Doctor Who fan has had the "I thought I was the only one who knew about Doctor Who" moment. - Betsy
Who? - Joe
I like, Art…Vandelay. Art Vandelay? He’s an obscure writer. Beatnik, from the village. - Stephen Mack
I <3 <3 <3 <3 Slings and Arrows, Betsy. Ever since learning about it (when I lived in Canada) I've been promoting it ceaselessly. - Soup in a TARDIS
Trixie Belden books. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Jonny Chase: Secret agent of space (70s radio drama) - DJF from Android
@Soup: as a fan of Forever Knight, KF-TLC and Due South, how could I not know about Slings and Arrows? :-) - Betsy
The historical novels- for children- of Cynthia Harnett - Pete
Dinosaurs. I make mention of this every few months, and it's like nobody remembers that show. Also Tucker, is another one. - NOT THE CRICKET
The sitcom family dinosaurs Dinosaurs? I remember that :) - Pete
NOT THE MAMA - kendrak
Indeed. Of course, I'm normally talking to people my age or younger. So they probably didn't see it at all. - NOT THE CRICKET
So glad I'm among Slings & Arrows fans! It's about as good a TV show as I can fathom existing. Well, I'd watch anything with Paul Gross in it :) - Lily
Aw, I remember THE GOOD MASTER - loved that book, and haven't thought of it for yonks. - barbara fister
Only an American would think they're the only person who's listened to Corb Lund ;-) - DJF from Android
Probably Reynke de Vos or Til Eulenspiegel. In English, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. - kendrak
For a time, Waif called me "Not The Mama". Wife pleaded ignorance - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
There's MoTo's new nickname. - NOT THE CRICKET
Jaclyn, I loved Trixie Belden! - Jenica from iPhone
Jimminy - "so let it be written" - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Jenica - until the internet came around, I was half convinced I'd made them up. :P - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
from my childhood: Wonderama and The Magic Garden. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
Die Strudlhofstiege by Heimito von Doderer, a novel I love. - Maitani
Pete, I read some Cynthia Harnett. My grandmother had a great many of them. (I know of Slings & Arrows and Trixie Belden and have seen a few episodes of Dinosaurs, in part). - laura x
My TV shows would be The Tomorrow People and Against the Odds ( - laura x
Read: David Graham - Down to a Sunless Sea, Jean Karl - The Turning Place, Strange Tomorrow, But We Are Not of Earth. Re: Dinosaurs - I remember when it was on and I've been watching it on Netflix recently! - ellbeecee
Ooh, I remember Trixie Belden! Also Cherry Ames. - ellbeecee
LBC--I've got the first 8 Cherry Ames books at home. :) They've reissued them. - Hedgehog
I know - I've got the old editions though. :) - ellbeecee
The Moomin books. - barbara fister
Now, Secret Agent, let us talk ;) Although I saw the TV adaptation before I read the books. - Pete
Old Sci Fi UFO and Space:1999 - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
I loved Home Movies! - kendrak
Night Court. - Hedgehog
"The Brown Bird," as sung by Maxine Sullivan (on the B side of her version of "Blue Skies"). - laura x
@Jorge: I have the Space: 1999 DVD box set. - Betsy
And I remember watching UFO around the same time. - Betsy
@Hedgehog: I was telling them at work this week about the Turbo Shatner 2000. - Betsy
Blake's 7 (except for Sarah, of course) - maʀtha
@Martha, are you familiar with the Bizarro 7 zines? - Betsy
Fan of Trixie Belden, Dinosaurs, and Night Court -----> - LB hates stale candy! from Android
Here's my list (for now): Herman's Head, Jason's Quest by Margaret Laurence, The Juniper Game by Sherryl Jordan. - Marianne
Oooh, also the TV show Pretender. - Hedgehog from Android
Oh, I'm a fan of Spike Jones and the City Slickers. Plenty of folks are familiar with them, but they're all older than I! - LB hates stale candy! from Android
@Hedgehog: Miss Parker? - Betsy
Mrs. Pigglewiggle - maʀtha
I had not, Betsy - maʀtha
I remember Space 1999! - maʀtha
i have all of the first SPACE:1999 series on DVD. second one was a terrible kiddie show, tho, and discarded nearly everything important to the premise in the name of pandering...which ultimately led to its cancellation. - Big Joe Silence
Most of the Arthur Machen I've read. - Katy S from iPhone
I mostly remember big banks of computers with flashy lights and people in jumpsuits (re Space 1999) - maʀtha
Why do people always think there are jumpsuits in the future? What's wrong with pants and shirt? - maʀtha
there's alot of SPACE:1999 episodes on YouTube. watch the pilot called "Breakaway". - Big Joe Silence
Yes Betsy, that's the one. Martha, I loved Mrs. PiggleWiggle, I still think of it when I am making the bed - Hedgehog from Android
That book I can't remember the title of. =P It was a high fantasy where magicians all had specialties and didn't cross over, and the main hero (?) might have been from one of the disrespected specialties, the one that could talk to animals. His order would have secret conversations by having multiple wizards all basically teleconference into a turtle sitting on the table. And they had a... more... - Andrew C (✔)
ooh, something I watched: "Space Giants", with Goldar Silvar and Gam (see for example: ) - ellbeecee
that old Lathe of Heaven PBS production. I saw it on PBS when it aired and it inhabited my dreams for years - maʀtha
I remember seeing ads for it and I didn't know what it was but it sounded great and I tried to get my parents to let me watch it but something else the rest of the family wanted to watch was on at the same time and we only had one TV set, as one did back then, so no go. - Betsy
I watched it totally by chance and had no idea what it was or what was happening - maʀtha
agree on … Wonderama!! (wackado, wackado, wackado; lolhusband also watched it growing up, on channel 5). And yes, Cherry Ames, Student Nurse. LOVED Mrs. PiggleWiggle. I bet she shopped at the Piggly Wiggly. I remember, but didn't read Trixie Belden. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
adding: Enid Blyton (tho' I bet the tea eaters have read her). - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I have read SO MUCH Enid Blyton (as well as Cherry Ames). #canadian - Marianne
Buckaroo Banzai. - Betsy
Betsy, I saw that at a con filled with people, and then had all the mutual friends of myself and the friend I went to the con with say, "YOU NEVER SAW THAT UNTIL NOW? HOW!?!?!?" And yet, I still feel that way sometimes too. - Marianne
i saw "Buckaroo Banzai" in the cinema when it was first release. 5 minutes before the credits there was a direct lightning strike on the power to the building and everything blacked out for a moment before the backup lights came on. we exited the emergency doors and there was a tornado outside. i didn't see the whole thing til it was on cable a few years later. - Big Joe Silence
SPECTREMAN. I watched quite a few sentai shows in the late 70s, and that one still surprises people. - Steven Perez
For a very long time, I didn't know anyone else who had watched the BBC production of Gormenghast with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Steerpike. I started to wonder if I had imagined seeing it. - Katy S
Katy, same! I have the DVD set rolling around the house somewhere. - Jennifer Dittrich
Except for Star Wars (asterisk), Buckaroo Banzai was the first movie I saw multiple times in the theater. My friend Dottie and I were kinda obsessed with it. EDIT: and I found out last year that they actually released the soundtrack ("for like five minutes"). - Betsy
i have that soundtrack. i even posted some of it on FF once. - Big Joe Silence
That must've been before we met on FF or I would've pounced on it. :-) Fortunately, I was able to get a copy of it last year. - Betsy
Herman's Head! I loved that show. :) - Laura
The music of Pavlov's Dog. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
What's Alan Watching? - Betsy
My Secret Identity. - Betsy
My Secret Identity! My sibs and I used to sing the theme song to that show. - Marianne
I watched Herman's Head and My Secret Identity! - Andrew C (✔)
The Charmings. - LB hates stale candy! from Android
I remember that, but I didn't watch it. Hang on, it's the sitcom version of Once Upon a Time! Sort of. - Betsy
Oh, also for movies, The World of Henry Orient and A Little Romance. And has anyone else read The Blue Cat of Castletown or The Wheel on the School? - laura x
Wheel on the School, yes! - maʀtha
Another that sticks in my mind is Paddle-to-the-Sea, of which there was a riveting (at least to my very young self) film - maʀtha
Oh, my dad loves the book Paddle to the Sea and gave a copy of it last year to Mr. 7yo. - Stephen Francoeur
Anyone here remember the sitcom, ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, which was on PBS in the late 1970s? One of the actors in it got his big break in 1983 as Al Pacino's sidekick in Scarface. - Stephen Francoeur
Let No Man Write my Epitaph by Willard Motley. - Jenny H. from Android
Oh god. Paddle to the Sea. - DJF from Android
It might be one of those books like Babar that I *loved* as a kid, but would now cringe upon reading - maʀtha
(Yes to Wheel on the School.) - LB hates stale candy!
This is one not "only one in the world" 'cause these were big at my grade school when I was a kid, but I'm probably the only one here who has read the Comtesse de Segur books. I don't remember much about them except for one random scene. - Betsy
My grandmother got the book Paddle-to-the-Sea into an episode of Northern Exposure. (I had no idea there was a film, but I still love the book.) - laura x
OH. John Verney's Ismo. My youthful introduction to anarchism. What a great book. - barbara fister
(I read Trixie Belden! :)) - Jenny H. from Android
The band 9353 - Gabrielle
I thought I was the only who lurved John Bellairs until I met Amanda. - Jenny H. from Android
Lila Downs! - Jenny H. from Android
For music, I'll go solo work by bassists from famous bands: Geezer Butler, John Entwistle, John Paul Jones. For books, how about early Norman Spinrad like Men in the Jungle or Bug Jack Barron. Also probably not too many have read any of the Matt Helm books. - John Dupuis
When I was a kid I loved this Disney movie called The Challengers about a girl who masquerades as a boy so she can be in a band. I also had this VHS tape that was called something like "The Kids' Encyclopedia" and it had short video segments on things like learning how to mime and how to breakdance and how to speak a secret language called Ob. My brother and I LOVED that videotape. - Laura Krier
I also listened to a band called Butt Trumpet in high school. Super classy, as you can imagine. Very, very few people in my life have heard of Butt Trumpet. - Laura Krier
Oh AND my brother and I constantly watched this movie called Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller that I think was Canadian. I loved that movie. - Laura Krier
Oh, ok, The Challengers was NOT a DIsney movie. And it was also Canadian. No idea why we watched so many Canadian movies when I was a kid. - Laura Krier
Speaking of Canadian shows: this one aired on Saturdays mornings on CBC when I was in library school: Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, with Michael Praed. - Betsy
oh, and I LOVED Dinosaurs. "Not the Mama!!" - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
What a great throwback question, Stephen, yes I remember Que Pasa USA? with it's catchy theme song. And Dinosaurs all of the in jokes about the environmental future of the earth. And how about High Feather? - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
Kelly and Amanda, my grade school once got to have a conference call with John Bellairs! - laura x from iPhone
I lived outside of Marshall MI where all the Bellairs books were set :) Philosopher and I went there to visit last summer - Hedgehog
Ooh, I got one. “Who Am I This Time?” It was on American Playhouse on PBS in 1982. It was the very first time I saw (or noticed) Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken in anything. It was great. It’s still the first thing that comes to mind whenever I think of either of them. - Betsy
I used to watch Brimstone. I was going to say I have it on VHS, but I threw out most of my home tapes this week. - Betsy
Okavango. - Betsy
A Fine Romance (aka, Ticket to Ride) with Christopher Cazenove and Margaret Whitton. Except for a commercial, YouTube only has it in German, which doesn't help me any. (Originally, the lead was going to be Anthony Andrews, but shooting was delayed by the TV writers' strike and he had to be elsewhere by the time it got resolved.) - Betsy
"Tales From The Dark Side". there was also that werewolf show on FOX in the 80s where the protagonist would get a bloody pentagram in the palm of his hand just before changing each time. i forget the name. was bummed out when it went off the air. - Big Joe Silence
Yeah, the one with Chuck Connors as Janos Skorzeny (I recognized that they borrowed the name from Night Stalker). It was called Werewolf. It'd forgotten about that one. - Betsy
How about The Phoenix, with Judson Scott? - Betsy
Starman, TV series with Robert Hays. - Betsy
A few animated movies from when I was young - Gandahar, The Devil and Daniel Mouse, The Sea Prince and the Fire Child. - Jennifer Dittrich
Jennifer, I loved the devil and daniel mouse. - Marianne
I had managed to forget that there was a thing called the Big Pig Relays at my high school.
now envisioning the big-pig-publisher relay... - RepoRat
Ah, the joys of 20th reunion FB posts. - laura x from iPhone
Consodering how much white bread with margarine I ate between the ages of 6 and 8, it's a wonder I'm still alive.
#toddlerx wanted lots if toast at bedtime tonight, and I suddenly remembered making these sorry of roll-ups of bread and margarine in the few years after my dad died and eating them in bed. I had a tape of my mom reading a story called "Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep" (by Eleanor Farjeon, who also wrote "Morning Is Broken," which you probably think of as a Cat Stevens song), and it talked about bread and butter, so I are a lot of it, or 1980s America version of it. - laura x from iPhone
Farjeon tangent: My mother heard the Stevens arrangement of Farjeon's hymn once...and convinced me to provide her with full piano sheet music. Which I did by transcribing it. Over many, many hours. I loved my mother. She loved the piece. I can't imagine doing that again... - Walt Crawford
I used to eat slice after slice of store bought (rather than homemade bread) at my grandparents with margarine. Now I love toast and butter (no jam, hone, or cream cheese, just butter); so it really shouldn't surprise me that the 6yo's favorite weekend lunch is bread and butter. - Galadriel C. from Android
[Oh, and technically, it's Morning *Has* Broken; "Morning Is Broken" could easily be a Randy Newman anti-hymn...] - Walt Crawford
my mom used to bake all our bread and make our butter so brat that i was, when i went to my grandmothers house and got margarine and wonderbread, i went hog wild. i used to love to ball it up and eat it or crease it in half. sigh. - Christina Pikas
Walt, you're right--my bad. Do you by any chance also know "Walk, Shepherdess. Walk?" - laura x from iPhone
Also, your mother was lucky to have you. - laura x from iPhone
Laura: If I ever knew it, I've forgotten it. (It wasn't in the Methodist Hymnal when I was growing up--yes, I have a copy. But then, neither was "Morning has Broken.") - Walt Crawford
Walt, it's not really a hymn, just another song she wrote. I so rarely meet anyone who's heard of her at all that I always get excited. - laura x
I've heard of her and am trying to figure out if I know anything beyond "Morning Has Broken." - LB hates stale candy! from Android
earworm! - maʀtha
I remember "Cats Sleep Anywhere" by her. And I recognize "The Little Bookroom" except I don't know if I read it or not. - Marianne
RT @harikondabolu: For you Washington Redskins fans who worry that America is going to change your name & destroy your tradition. WELCOME TO THE CLUB.
Stories begetting stories: How pop culture reinforces abortion stigma—and can help end it via @feministing
Stories begetting stories: How pop culture reinforces abortion stigma—and can help end it via @feministing
YES!!! Have Babies, Keep Reading » BOOK RIOT via @BookRiot
YES!!! Have Babies, Keep Reading » BOOK RIOT via @BookRiot
#toddlerx likes Adele. Huh.
She's kind of growing on me. - laura x from iPhone
I really like that Right as Rain song even though I don't really agree with it. It still cheers me up. - Marianne
I hadn't ever really listened to her before, but one if her videos came up after "Imagine" (Peter's most favorite) and he got sucked in. And now I am kind of weepy. - laura x from iPhone
I like her a lot - maʀtha
People, I'm tired. I had to pack up and move the entire contents of my current house out of my junior year dorm room last night, by midnight. Let's try to keep today mellow, shall we?
I loved my dad, but he didn't--or couldn't--stick around. Thank you to all those who did and do.
In rated news, goddamn I hate this day. - laura x from iPhone
Happy almost Monday! - Meg VMeg
that's how I feel about the other parent's day. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Mater is Falstaff. Lightning McQueen is Hal. You can take the girl out of college, but you can't take lit crit out of the girl.
Things I never thought I'd watch on YouTube: excavator sales videos. #toddlerlife
This sounds excellent. I'd have called. All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center | BACKLINE's Fundraiser on CrowdRise
This sounds excellent. I'd have called. All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center | BACKLINE's Fundraiser on CrowdRise
One Year of Self-Publishing
One Year of Self-Publishing
Good, useful piece (and, of course, thanks for the mention). - Walt Crawford
Updated self-publishing review, with thanks to the excellent editing of @mgbales: :)
Updated self-publishing review, with thanks to the excellent editing of @mgbales: :)
One Year of Self-Publishing -
One Year of Self-Publishing -
Author of controversial Washington Post op-ed to address bishops today | National Catholic Reporter:
Call for Participants: Local Heroes Citizen Scholars Literary Research | The Writing University -
Call for Participants: Local Heroes Citizen Scholars Literary Research | The Writing University
"This summer, The Studio looks forward to engaging citizen-researched and written biographies of Kembrew McLeod <>, Laura Crossett <>, and poet Daniel Khalastchi <>." - laura x from Bookmarklet
Apparently I am a local hero. Who knew? - laura x
We met a family with 6 kids at the park tonight, the youngest ones about #toddlerx's age. They shared their pizza, soda, and soccer balls with us. So lovely.
I wish I'd had something to offer in return. - laura x from iPhone
That's lovely. :) - Jenny H. from Android
you had #toddlerx! :) - ~Courtney F
Nice work from @dollarsandsex if you want a more number-heavy approach to the WaPo op-ed on how we should all get married for our safety.
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