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ABOUT NO ONE TELLS YOU

Hi, I’m Lydia Swartz. This is my venue to talk about current obsessions, things I wish someone had told me about, things I have investigated because they happen to fascinate me.

Because I started this just before I left Seattle for a month-long artist’s residency in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, as of January 2016 a lot of what you see presently is about trains and T or C. There will be more — about Amtrak, T or C, and lots of other stuff.

I intend to post at least once a week.

Upcoming topics will include:

  • What if you want to pay online but you don’t want to use PayPal? Alternatives.
  • I collected these artifacts on my daily walk and this is my archaeological theory about what they mean.
  • You’ve seen possums waddling furtively down your urban alley. Where are they going and why? What is the secret life of the urban opossum?
  • Why should you vote? Why should you abstain from voting? What happens if you do or don’t? How are votes counted? How do measures or officials get elected?
  • What products that promise to be “unscented” will NOT actually kill you if you’re chemically sensitive?
  • Oh no, a dead sparrow. What should you do with it, if anything?
  • I watched this show. Maybe you should too (or not). Here’s why.
  • I read this. Maybe you should too or not, and why.

Curious about something? Tell me. If I’m curious too, I’ll find out all about it and report on my findings.

ABOUT LYDIA SWARTZ

I make stuff, mostly involving words but sometimes visual and sometimes music and sometimes movement.

I am a propaganda minister.

Propaganda is defined as: The systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause.

The connotation of propaganda veered toward false or misleading disinformation with harmful intention via the McCarthy era. This not that. What I do is not that. Misuse of the term “propaganda” makes my tail fluff out even more than when people mix up usage of “compose” and “comprise.” OUCH!

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