Mr. Edwards and Santa Claus

Sharing my Mr. Edwards ♥

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This year for Christmas I’m sharing a family keepsake and a symbol of just how throughly Laura has invaded our lives. Our neighbor’s sister-in-law used to have a ceramics sale every year in the fall to sell the things she made during the year.

Everyone in my family’s favorite piece that we ever bought there was one of her History of Santa Claus line showing how she imagined Santa changed through the years (apparently with very little research on how that actually happened). One of them was dressed in buckskins and it always make us think of Mr. Edwards’s famous encounter with Santa. We call him Mr. Edwards. What do you think?

Mr. Edwards Mr. Edwards Santa Claus

UPDATED December 15 2017: I added my current signature block and made the image bigger.

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T-Shirt of the Month December 2017

When I post my video diaries I always get comments about my Laura clothes. No, not my period dresses, but my Laura Ingalls Wilder t-shirts that I wear for travel and Laura trips. I thought everyone might enjoy a closer look at them. So enjoy our monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt.

Shirt of the Month

This month we are making a bit of an exception. Instead of a Laura shirt this month we’re taking one of my other highlights. This Christmas themed t-shirt is from NORAD. Normally I don’t like t-shirts where you could only wear them for an event that takes place during the winter, but I’m making an exception.

Here is this month’s t-shirt:

 

Red t-shirt with Santa Sleigh Image
NORAD Full Shirt
NORAD Tracks Santa
NORAD Tracks Santa
NORAD logo back
NORAD logo back

The story behind NORAD Santa is great one. Back in 1955 Department stores were a big deal. Check out Miracle on 34th Street to get an idea of how big. One in Colorado published a number where kids could phone to talk to Santa. The newspaper made a mistake and published the phone number with one number off. So instead of calling the hired Santa, they called the red phone at one of the top military bases in the country. Colonel Harry Shoup took the first call and decided, once he realized it wasn’t a prank that they started giving out reports on Santa’s location. Over the years it has built into a massive effort including thousands of volunteers and computer generated updates every time Santa flies by a landmark that appear on their website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. The website also has games and information about Christmas….and current weather conditions at the North Pole.

Watch the video to learn more about their program:

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Book – The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene

Looking back at Nancy Drew. Have you read one lately?

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What Would Nancy Drew Do? What Would Nancy Drew Do?

I’m way behind in posting by book posts, so hopefully I will catch up soon. Watch for more in coming in as holiday break gets here. Technically this was a re-read, but I very much enjoyed listening to this on tape during my drive to work recently. In fact, I liked it so much that I listened to it twice.

Nancy’s Best Advice

Nancy is on one of those overnight trips in which she throws together an elegant overnight bag. In fact, Nancy always keeps a packed bag in the trunk of her blue convertible for emergencies, a very good piece of advice that I follow in real life. It’s gotten me out of a couple of different jams. Be like Nancy and always keep a packed overnight bag in your car!

Don’t Spoil the Plot

The main action of The Haunted Staircase proceeds on…

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Stress Less with Exam Cram

Remember it’s Exam Cram today!

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On Thursday, November 30th, the Kirkwood main campus Library and Tutoring Services will host the very popular student event called Exam Cram. It is our way of kicking off a very stressful time of the semester by providing extra study help, relaxation tips and some fun too.

For study aid, Tutoring Services will provide help with math, science, accounting, computer skills, nursing, human anatomy and physiology, and Plant ID. Research and Citation help will also be available from 10AM – 12PM at Tutoring Services (2071 Cedar Hall). To get a full list of the subjects and the time and place, check out the Exam Cram website at: http://www.kirkwood.edu/examcram

The library will have tables from Campus Health and Counseling Services with giveaways and advice. A visit from therapy dogs will be at 11:15AM that day, as well as on Tuesday, December 12th. Kirkwood’s student nurses will be available for blood pressure checks…

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Thanksgiving

Revisit what Laura Teaches us about Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving Card me and turkeyI hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We had a really nice family time this year. My brother did a great deep-fat fried turkey. I also wanted to share one of my favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder quotes. It’s from a Missouri Ruralist column in which she retells the story of Mary and her fighting over whether to have sage or onion flavoring in the stuffing by Silver Lake.

“This little happening has helped me to be properly thankful even though at times the seasoning of my blessings has not been just such as I would have chosen.”

Often people seem to be hardwired to find fault rather than gratitude, so throughout the year I like to think of this quote and be thankful for my blessings, even when I would prefer a different  flavor or form.

UPDATED November 25 2017: I added my current signature block and the Thanksgiving card.

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Book: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

Revisiting a great book.

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Wrong Way Newbery

On LM_Net, a library listserv I belong to, there has been recent discussion about the Newbery Medal and if it has lost its way. A recent article posed the same question in School Library Journal.

While the SLJ article discussed previous decisions that are now looked at mistakes, choosing The Secret of the Andes over Charlotte’s Web for example, and never choosing a Laura Ingalls Wilder book for the top award, it mostly looks at the last few years where often the unusual book is chosen. I have to admit I didn’t care for many of the titles that won from the last few years and I think it’s a question well worth discussing.

Richard Peck Is A Winner in My Book

However, the fact I was most disappointed to read that A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, the 2001 winner, never landed on the best…

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1600th Post

I started this blog a little over 10 years ago in February 2007. Tonight I hit 1600 published posts. My goal has been to share information about Laura Ingalls Wilder, one-room schools, food history, and social history in general. I focus on helping to push out information I find and to create new material. 

The blog is called Sarah’s Notebook within Trundlebed Tales. I took the name from Editor’s Notebook from the editor of Food History News because I loved that publication. I picture it as a real notebook with each blog post a page of things I want to tell people about or find again. In addition to my main topics, I add a scattering of tech tips, book and movie reviews, and quotes in general. So browse around you never know what you’ll find.

From my first post to this one, I hope that you’ve found my blog useful and interesting. I want to thank everyone who has read along and I hope that you will continue to – note the number on the drafts, I’ve still got a lot to say.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+,   LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.