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At the Southwest Branch library, Presidential historian Mike Purdy peeks behind the political curtain through meticulous research–to expose that throughout history our presidents have dished out acerbic insults about other presidents, from the founding fathers to the age of Trump.
Author Purdy has prepared 101 Presidential Insults as fun and sometimes provokes one to laugh or wince, but is also thought-provoking and shocking at times—and is presented as a significant contribution to understanding the presidents.
This free event by ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. Mike Purdy’s event will take place at 6 PM at the SW Branch Library, 9010 35th Ave.SW, on Thursday, Nov.14th, 2019.
In this new book, Purdy shares antidotes he found sometimes in private letters, diaries, and conversations, as various presidents let their guard down on what they really thought about a former, deceased, current, or future president. At other times, these insults have been audaciously proclaimed in public speeches, books, and to the media. By their own words, our presidents have demonstrated their flawed humanity with insults that are often humorous and sometimes surprising for their lack of decorum. We may laugh or perhaps wince as we hear of these 101 presidential insults.
‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ presentations are scheduled for the Second Thursday of each month at 6 PM at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Next month on December 12th, Humanities Washington co-sponsors Feliks Banel, local broadcaster and historian with his book, Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State.
For videos on these and other speakers’ presentations, check out “Events” at www.loghousemuseum.org . This newly re-named series is open to hosting any speaker addressing historical issues relating to the Puget Sound/Duwamish Peninsula and/or the general public. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ by phone at 206-290-8315 or e-mailing Dora-Faye@comcast.net
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At the Senior Center of West Seattle:
“I Loosed My Father’s Boots” is West Seattle Poet Marjorie Laughlin’s first collection of poetry. She will be sharing poems from this collection when she reads at the Senior Center after lunch on Tuesday, November 19 from 1pm to 1:30pm.
Her poems include remembrances of her childhood on the family farm on Ribbon Ridge and small town living in the Chehalem valley in Oregon. Marjorie’s poems are wide ranging. A visit to family friends in a small village in Italy resulted in her poem “Generations.” Working in her garden and observing the beauty of the iris led to “A Tale of Two Queens.”
Marjorie doesn’t shy away from social issues or even existential ones. “A Thirty
Foot Drop” discusses hazards facing people experiencing homelessness. “Resurrection Day” is about capital punishment. “Picnic on the Beach” reflects on the possibility of a nuclear conflagration. “A Visit” shows the heartache of dementia. Many of Marjorie’s poems reflect on nature. Her approach with familiar subjects sometimes comes with a twist.
If you’d like to join us for this reading, please register in advance at the front desk or by calling 206.932.4044 x1 so we know how many people to plan for. This event is free.
Do you know who will raise your children if something happens to you? If you don’t make a plan, a judge will decide.
Our Guardian Nomination Workshop will give you the peace of mind that your children will be cared for by the people you choose.
We Free Hearts will provide childcare during this workshop!