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.

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Book: “My Father’s Dragon” and “Elmer and the Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Revisiting my father’s dragon.

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9780679889113_p0_v1_sAn alley cat directs Elmer Elevator to Tangerina to rescue a captured baby dragon with the help of 2 dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a comb. The first book ends with them leaving the island and the sequel picks up having just left the island and they struggle to find their way home.

I used to shelve these books often when I worked as a library aide. The cover appealed to me, but I just never got around to reading them (OK listening to them while I drove) until now. These two books are one of those perfectly plotted books where everything comes together in a satisfying conclusion. The one loose end left at the end is has Elmer seen the last of his dragon? but other than that the author remembers every stray tangerine peel and it comes back again. They are really little gems. Simple and…

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Guiding Light Airs its Last Episode

I’m going to be attending a charity event next weekend that will have a “Guiding Light” theme. I’m really excited about it so in its honor here is a post I did when the venerable soap went off the air.

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img_0092I haven’t been posting much lately and I apologize for that. I really am trying to get back into the regular habit and I have a number of drafts written. I just need to get them polished and posted so watch for more here soon. Today though I just had to share my thoughts about Guiding Light.

It’s cancellation has been covered by the New York Times and 60 Minutes. It’s been an everyday part of my life since I was born and I literally can’t wrap my mind around the concept that it is over. Thank heavens for Youtube where I’ve been happily watching the 1998 episodes as they are know being aired in some foreign country and at least I can watch the last 10 years over again.

I absolutely loved yesterday’s episode of Guiding Light. THAT’S what we should have been seeing for years…

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Beloit College List

What has always or never been for this group of college kids?

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Ready to feel old? I still remember when I saw my first childhood toy in an antique store. This is just as bad. Take a look at this year’s list of prospective of college freshmen this year. I’ll also add that to them “Little House on the Prairie” has never been a first-run, release show.

http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2012.php

Updated September 23 2017: This is still depressing then realize there are 5 more years since then.

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…

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Elm Trees

Remembering Elm Trees.

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Third Street in De Smet SD

It used to be that elm trees used to line most streets in small town America including towns where Laura lived like De Smet and Walnut Grove. In the early 1930s, a fungal infection carried by beetles introduced into the United States from France. It’s called Dutch Elm Disease or D.E.D. It ultimately wiped out 95 percent of American elms. Many people long to return to the time when many American streets were named for the beautiful Elm trees that created a living cathedral over them. Now two resistant varities have become popular. Ulmus americana “Valley Forge” elm was breed specifically to be highly resistant to the blight. It’s named for the small American army who overcame massive odds to victory.  Ulmus americana “Princeton” was an old American cultivar that proved highly resistant. It was first sold in 1922. Please consider planting one of…

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Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Goes YouTube

Hoover on YouTube

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Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum - West Branch, Iowa Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum – West Branch, Iowa

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library now has a YouTube Channel. I’m really excited to see it. They can have longer videos than 15 minutes and I look forward to what else they are going to add. Check back often.

UPDATED August 18 2017: Hoover has done an outstanding job putting things up on their YouTube channel. Be especially sure to check out their Laura Ingalls Wilder Playlist. I added a direct link to their main channel page in addition to the video, the image of the Hoover Presidential Library, and my current signature block.

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…

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Get Fuzzy Comic

Revisiting one of my all time favorite comics. After all it’s not a shrine, it’s an information media center.

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As Laura read one chapter of the serial at a time to make it last, I read all the comics on the newspaper page whether I like them or not. Usually Get Fuzzy is in the not column, but once in awhile there’s a great one.

A recent strip explored the fact that rennet is in cheese. It came as quite a shock, so I guess he never read Little House in the Big Woods.

http://www.gocomics.com/getfuzzy/2005/06/03

My favorite all time strip from them was when Satchel, the dog, sets up an information center about his favorite author and Bucky, the cat, tells him that this is what it’s come down to he’s making shrines to people now. I have to remember that, “It’s NOT a shrine, its a media information center.” 😉 Because that doesn’t sound familiar at all.

UPDATED August 12 2017: I still love this comic to…

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