Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 05/25/2006 - 21:34.

As a kid my Mom would always read to me and my brothers - So I was struck with the Mike-the-Hatter photos with all the similar hats stacked on shelves.  So serious in the store,  when I always think of hats as a sort of humorous topper - I have a lot of hats. 

Bartholomew Cubbins - Dr Seuss

Dr. Seuss wrote Bartholomew...from where the photo above was taken.

There is another childhood story about hats that has monkeys carrying colorful hats up into the palm trees to tease the hat seller.  Anybody remember that book?

Is any of this appropos to Cleveland?

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I never understood Dr. Seuss before

Now I get it - he was a radical - I just thought he was wacked in the head. Since I've got a reason to read Dr. Seuss, and kids to read him to me, I'll take it in with open eyes and let you know what I learn. Thanks for the mind-opener.

radical = humanist?

These days, I can see why you might classify him as a radical, but it may be that he is a humanist, which is just sort of radical, these days, around here.

monkey's with caps

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

Mickey, my son,  loved this book. We read it again and again.


Wordsworth called them "spots of time"; when a particular visual or sensory instant survives for years in our "hard drive" gray matter.  Then bingo, you access it.  

I know a woman 96ys old who, listening to a conversation about kids, spoke up and told a story of a neighborhood friend of hers when she was 6 yrs old living in Mansfield. 

I asked the 96 yr old when was the last time she had spoken that girls name - it was an unusual name. 

The neighbor had moved away when she was six, so for 90 years the name had remained silent in her head.  Then out it came. 

No crashed hard drive there....pretty cool. 

memories at McGregor Home

When I had a dance company, we used to visit nursing facilities and assisted living places regularly. One afternoon we performed for a group at the McGregor Home -- one dance was reminiscent of an early modern dance work -- a sort of Doris Humphrey lineage piece set to a Bach cantata. One woman (who had alzheimers) in the audience came alive with stories about her friend Eleanor Frampton. http://clevelandartsprize.org/dance_1964.htm Apparently she had run an art gallery in the neighborhood where CSU is now. Frampton was the dance teacher at CIM which was in the Mather Mansion then. Together they were arts pioneers in downtown Cleveland in the 1930s and 40s. She burst forth with stories of lunches with "Frampy" and swirling skirts on the dancers. The aids said that they had never known her to be so animated in all the time she was at McGregor. It was a blast to hear these accounts.

Revisit your childhood

Just caught this post and I have to say, we all need to take time out occasionally to go to the LIBRARY and pick up a picture book and read it out LOUD.   I can't believe how lucky I am in my life at this point to be able to do just THAT.

Every day... current fav' is Olivia

I love seeing the world through my kids eyes and I am often pleasantly surprised by how good children's books may be. My son really likes Olivia right now and the illustrations are so good it is always fun to read. Tonight, we also looked through a Wegman photo book of Weimaraners to learn 1-10 and read Very Hungry Caterpillar, which seems to have reproduced as now we have two.

Disrupt IT