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May 17, 2009


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Patricia Savage

I liked your story about Marie Harris and am sorry that I missed both your UNH interview (scheduled opposite Jazzmouth!!!a real fox pox)and the first airing on Channel 11 (my soggy brain). I LOVED the urinal piece. It put me to mind of the Politics of Pee that were emerging in Santa Cruz when I was there in 2004. A guy from Comedy Central with a mic was interviewing patrons of a local coffee shop about their feelings about no place to pee anymore in the city. He had no idea when he asked my quirky friend Suzi that she would go on for 45 minutes! He went and got his camera. In that time a whole new political platform was formed, letter write-ins planned and pee-ins scheduled (women in long peasant skirts would bow in unison in the park as they flared their skirts to relieve themselves). No Toto, we were not in New Hampshire any more. I flew home the next day, spared the need to commit to this growing politicalization of urination.
Suzi was visited for more material and I never did find out if the segment made it to Comedy Central. What I do know, being a person who has been known to rabblerouse on the street corners in our fair NH hamlet, is that there is a limit to how much I can willingly embarrass my children.

rebecca Rule

What adventures we have. As for embarrassing our children: It's one of my greatest joys in life. And I've got just the one. What doesn't make you literally crawl in a hole and take on the fetal position, makes you stronger. At least with five kids you can spread you Pat-ness around.

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    Rebecca Rule, author of Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire, spends a lot of time on the road, traveling to her performances throughout the Granite State and beyond. She loves her home state, meeting lots of great people and visiting both new and familiar places. She shares stories that she finds with her this blog. So please "join" her on the road and check back often.

About Becky

  • Becky has lived all her life (so far) in New Hampshire. She has written several other popular books set in her home state, including "The Best Revenge," a collection of short stories that was named one of the five Essential New Hampshire Books by New Hampshire Magazine, and "Could Have Been Worse: True Stories, Embellishments and Outright Lies." However, she is probably best known for her live storytelling events, many sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

    Comments? Questions? Send e-mail to Becky Rule.