Lois Leveen


May 5, 2016

How the Internet Can Turn Our Interest in Black History and Women’s History into Something Weirdly R

Tamar Lewin has a great piece in The New York Times about images allegedly of Harriet Tubman.

This caused me to rant about how what's happening with Tubman reflects a larger trend around black history and women's history.

Read all about it at Medium. And maybe share it with the universe.
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April 25, 2016

Goodnight, Sweet Prince

This is up on Medium:

You can check it out over there.
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January 4, 2016

Nice Ending and New Beginning

I guess I haven't posted in a while.

I was busy writing a book.

Now the manuscript, like the year, is done. How did it go? Well, look what the OED says:

OED entry

I am the sort of sap who loves to cry at the end of a book. Who knew there was a word for it, or that JRR Tolkien would be the one to coin it?
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August 26, 2015

Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smackdown!!!

Yesterday I was part of the Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smackdown sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society. Because in Oregon, authors are celebrities and chocolate is history-making.

How did I do?

Well, you know the old expression . . . It's not whether you win or lose, it's whether you get to lick the bowl.

My cake was not selected as one of the top 3 by the judge. BUT WHO CARES????? I ate a ton of cake, had a ton of fun, celebrated a great state and great history museum, and learned the following things:

1. Many accomplished, important people who have achieved a great deal can still be reduced to panic regarding having to make, transport, and sit through the judging of a cake. I am proud to include myself in this illustrious company, which includes former State Senator Margaret Carter, current Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, the heads of Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and various other wonderful people who make this community great.

2. (With all due respect to Nancy Hales, First Lady of Portland and First Place Winner): I baked what has been for 23 years my favorite cake, and lost. But after managing to sample small portions of 7 other entries, I realized my favorite cake is still the one I made. Thus I learned I’d rather attain my own measure of delight than win someone else’s accolade. There is no better way to feel about the things you do. (Added bonus: While the winning cake was gobbled up on the spot, I had plenty of mine leftover to take home. I will continue to enjoy it with friends all week).

3. For the first time ever, I encountered somebody who guessed the secret ingredient in my cake. Sauerkraut. No, that is not an autocorrect error or a typo. SAUERKRAUT baby, still the best chocolate cake ever, and let me know anytime any of you would like to sample some. The fridge is loaded!

OHS flyer
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August 17, 2015


I am a heavy user . . . of the Multnomah County Library.

Every day, as I'm researching my current writing project, I use books I've checked out of the library. And I use online sources like the Oxford English Dictionary or JSTOR (an ultra geeky research database that allows me to find articles in languages I don't even read, which I then try to translate), which I access through the library's website. The Interlibrary Loan service has gotten me books from all over the country when I need them.

And maybe most important of all, I look out my window every day and watch families walking to and from the library. Which is about the best inspiration a writer can have.

So what does a heavy user and long-time lover do to say thanks? Volunteers to spend the next 4-8 years making the library better for everyone in Multnomah County.


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