Laura Catherine Brown's Playlist for Her Novel "Made by Mary" In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Laura Catherine Brown's novel Made by Mary is impressive and unforgettable.
Terese Svoboda wrote of the book: The repercussions of Woodstock have never been so wisely and vividly examined, nor the spectacle of maternal love sonogramed so well between generations. Music marks turning points or meaningful events, like my husband singing "Love Is Strange" at our wedding, which I thought magnificently beautiful and romantic.
Decades later, the memory brings a clutch to my chest. The recognition arrives in retrospect: This is the power of our personal soundtrack: Cat Stevens sang in the background, deceptively easy to croon along to. He inhabits old and young in primal conflict. It would have been one of the weekends he had custody of me and my sisters, one of the intense brief span of hours we spent with him, battling each other to be the source of his exclamation and wonder, craving his love, unable to compete with Cat Stevens.
Each character personally connects to one or more songs.
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Some songs belong to various couples in the novel, and others are communal: The world was undergoing seismic cultural shifts. The anti-war movement, the environmental movement, civil rights, feminism, an upending of the hierarchy, the patriarchy, and capitalism itself, or so it seemed to Mary at the time, and this formed her worldview.
Playing her bootleg recordings transferred to CD of Grateful Dead concerts she attended, Mary merges all her former and present selves. Now, at age fifty, alone and dancing naked in her jewelry studio, she inhabits again her youthful, immortal self, creating her own reality, where giving birth confers a cosmic connection to earth mother Gaia and the universe.
She mistakes her narcissistic fulfillment for monumental epic love, and loves all the wrong people indiscriminately. Ann sees this about her mother, and it makes her feel helpless and invisible.
The characters of Mary and Ann appeared to me before any of the other characters in the book. Mary was always the clearest in my mind. I knew she was a hippie, a seeker, and a self-absorbed mother. October 26th, at 7: The box addressed to me was a good size — but the trail mix itself was in a tea-bag-sized pouch.
I agree with Emily — get a clue, Boy Scouts. October 26th, at 9: Not much of a gardener… customer, the prices are truly outrageous. Make sure you pass this along to the boy scouts fundraising coordinator at the national level, they need to hear it!
October 26th, at Only the rich can afford this product.
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I think that living in the U. October 26th, at 2: October 26th, at 5: Avoiding this alone is worth it for me!
October 28th, at 7: Astonishingly rich pro athletes! June 21st, at 9: Real problem here seems to be you guys as the parents.
First, I made sure to teach my son HOW to sell. He has to introduce himself, explain a little about Scouts and why he likes it so much, and then asks them to support his adventures.
Done — sale made. Have you ever winced when you bought 4 or 5 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and paid the same high price? Get over the price, teach your kids the right way to sell popcorn and themselves, and finally realize that the entire program — yes, even the act of selling popcorn — is helping develop responsible young men. September 5th, at NotSoFast may coach his son to rope in the unsuspecting.
Boy Scout is a fundraising outfit. October 5th, at October 11th, at 8: It seems to be working great. October 21st, at 7: I said, sorry, that is ridiculous. I felt bad, but are they kidding?
September 10th, at 7: September 30th, at 4: October 3rd, at 3: We would be better off making and packaging it ourselves! November 29th, at I am sitting at my desk eating some caramel corn I bought from a co-workers son. I wish they had just given me a big bag of cracker jack. It is WAY better than this stuff.
I buy something every year but I always start to avoid the co-wlrker this time of year because I know what is coming. Dear BSA, Your product is not worth it. Especially in this economy. December 10th, at 2: Truth Be Told says: December 18th, at 3: Second, I had bought popcorn till the last 2 years. The popcorn was old and stale the last few that I have bought. Third, I had a problem with the Boy Scouts making huge profits off the work of the children.
Support the youth and not the Truth Be Told says: December 18th, at 4: The Local Councils are so greedy that they have been known to fire Professional Employees because the units under them did not sell more popcorn.
Again this is not right because it causes the professionals to play games with the local units to take extra popcorn to sell and them they can not always sell it and them they lose money on the deal while the councils rack in big profits.
Support the Boy Scout units directly make a donation to the units and not to the councils as the units will never see the money. Any money that I give to the Scouts goes to the units and not to the councils. Please note that the Boy Scouts of America will tell you that you can not do that and that the donation will not be tax deductable but again another lie.
In so cases this is true but the local Scout units in most cases are chartered by a church and donations made to the church to be used in the youth behalf are tax deducable. The Truth Be Told. January 10th, at 5: This is a 22 oz. Part of it is my fault, as I did not look at the price… I meanseriously. I have to tell you that I felt totally ripped off.
Sorry to say, but this will be the last purchase I make from the Boy Scouts of America. At the very least, they should offer this product in a beautiful tin, or basket, to justify the price by giving people something they can keep and continue to use. I feel sorry for the poor kids that they force to become their partners in crime because they have no idea why people are getting ticked off.
I think the Boy Scouts is a wonderful organization, but they will never get another order from me.
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January 17th, at 2: Whomever is making the decisions at the top on this fundraiser does not have the kids best interest in mind. I felt so bad for these boys…in the 2 minutes I stood there no less than 5 people came up interested in buying and quickly walked away when they heard the prices.
The boys have to get discouraged by this. The organization should take a lesson from the Girl Scouts…people actually look forward to buying Girl Scout cookies!
February 24th, at The leader wrote down how much they HAD to sell dollar wise. It sat until the next year, and I tossed it out. Check the huge salaries of Scout executives. If I see Scouts in front of a grocery store, I just go to a different one now.
August 29th, at 2: Thanks everyone for your comments too. September 2nd, at 3: September 29th, at 9: They attempted to sell as I walked in but I promised I would stop by on the way out.
I was stunned at the price!! I did purchase one bag, only because it the scout was quite young and he did a good job telling me about the scouts and it was apparent that he had a bit of a stuttering problem.
I was encouraged that selling and the scouts seemed to be something he really loved. Twenty dollars is a lot of cash for a little bag of popcorn. The Girl scouts have it right. Keeping the price in check has got to drive more sales. October 12th, at 6: October 13th, at 5: I though the popcorn was unpopped for that price.
When my daughter opened the bag I felt immediately sick to my stomach. I really felt cheated. This is a rip off and I will be letting all my friends and family know through facebook as well. I want people to know what a rip off this is. Seriously, the scouts should just be out there asking for donations.
It would certainly avoid having customers feel they were ripped off. October 18th, at 7: And fund raisers are always a ripoff. October 27th, at 2: So what have you just accomplished?
November 10th, at That is beyond ridiculous. I would much rather have the option of donating directly to the scouts! Give a good product for a good price. Room is left for profit for the scouts and the maker. If I have to it will be 1 bag versus 4.
The results will be less and harder sales moving forward for the scouts. If you ever buy you will lower your order next time. November 27th, at 9: The prices are ridiculous. I have read comments here that tell us to stop whining, and just suck it up. I think that they are forgetting that we are under no obligation to buy this. I have kids that do other activities where we as parents pay for it.
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I really do not feel like it is my obligation to support the scouts. Having said that, I think that the real issue here is becoming one of perception. In the past, people used to support the scouts AND feel good about it.
That seems to be changing now. I think people want to be supportive, but at the same time nobody wants to feel like they are being taken. I think the scout organization has crossed the line here and is really in danger of giving themselves a bad reputation.
One that makes people clutch their wallets and purses when they see a scout approaching. November 27th, at What values are these boys being taught by having them sell ridiculously priced popcorn to their neighbors?
December 16th, at 3: Cannot believe the deaf ears this has fallen on with the Boy Scouts Inc. Still the same scam as past years this year. They need to find a new product provider to cause cost vs. A boy scout says: February 21st, at 8: April 18th, at 9: I could not agree more with the article but I have a few things to add. I would rather spend money on organically grown and GMO free products or not spend anything at all. People deserve to have healthier options. Plus take a few minutes to do a little research.
Just Google microwave popcorn dangers. Frustrated Den Leader says: July 6th, at 9: I agree with everyone about the over priced popcorn. I noticed after 2 months of credit card charges. When I contacted my local council, they were aware of it but could not give me a clear cut explanation. I cancelled my future donations on the spot.
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My son enjoys the cub scouts and I am the den leader, but I am going to begin looking for another organization for my son to participate in. One that puts the children first, and not their profits!
September 6th, at We would sell a lot more. September 16th, at 9: September 17th, at 4: Actually I went so far as to write to the district coordinator about this. His response — it makes a lot of money.
This sets the wrong understanding of how business works. You are only able to sell something that people want at a price that they are willing to pay. We would do the kids in scouting a big favor by asking them to make baked goods at home wow — learning some skills and selling them at a price that people are willing to pay business skills. September 18th, at September 20th, at 2: September 22nd, at 7: Are you kidding me? Last popcorn I purchased was via storefront table about four years ago.
I regularly support such fundraising efforts, be it for scouts, school, church, etc. In the end, I was able to place a direct order for my usual 3 bags with my co-worker and avoid the up-charge. No surprise if many learn to avoid future events.
September 24th, at 4: BSA popcorn is such a terrible value for the money that it is completely out of touch. Now for some facts and stories from a former scoutmaster and Asst scoutmaster of 7 years, 2 sons made eagle so I have been around the BSA and know what goes on. Scouts are not allowed to ask for them but…. The kids, the troop and adult volunteers love the doantions they get more than the popcorn sales.
The scouts and the troops parents and adults all dread the popcorn sale for the most part, trust me.
They lowered the price to maybe 5 grand next year but still out of site. My popcorn chair tells me they rolled it out as premium stuff, no filler, no peanuts. I think they dropped that one next popcorn season…. The point is, the trailmix story goes to show those running BSA popcorn national are completely out of touch.
If I told you about the fund raising permit, the selling rules regarding uniforms, product value and quality you would turn purple laughing. September 27th, at 9: