Changing Times

I’ve been in the Society for Creative Anachronism since the 1990s. And the world is a different place now. It’s no longer the “hippies” era like 1966 when the Society began. It’s a multi-cultural stew. And the SCA must adapt with it just like Dylan Thomas’ song The Times They Are a-Changin. Faced with recent serious issues people at the top are truly taking action. The Board of Directors is modernizing the way the Society operates. For its long-term viability this is a must. I am personally very pleased. I’d felt this wonderful organization’s shriveling losses, discussed it with long-time friends. Thankfully the SCA is adapting. In August 2018 the SCA mission statement changed. The “Western Europe” reference was removed leaving only the specified pre-17th century time frame. The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international non-profit volunteer educational organization. The SCA is devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat, culture, and employing knowledge of history to enrich the lives of participants through events, demonstrations, and other educational presentations and activities. Society for Creative Anachronism But will this change affect us now? Personally as an SCA scribe I won’t have to finagle my Arts and Sciences documentation as often. I can now recreate a page from the earliest extant complete illuminated Christian manuscript and just state it comes from Ethiopia‘s Abba Garima Monastery The ancient Garima Gospels are from there and probably never left it. So until […]

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The Zen Of Being A Student To A Peer

If you’re in the SCA very long you know peers may formally take students. They are labeled differently depending on the peer’s title. That doesn’t mean if you’re not a peer you can’t have longtime, informal student relationships. They just aren’t called an Apprentice, Protege or Squire. I’m honored to be a Mistress of the Laurel so any person I formally mentor is an Apprentice. But, what’s the distinction between an apprentice and a student? The difference is what you expect from the relationship and whether you want that widely known. Do you want to teach or learn a specific craft? Do you want to learn about the SCA’s idiosyncrasies? How formal do you want the association to be? Or is the green belt just a “cool” thing for you both to do? It’s always what you want to make of the relationship that counts.  Another difference is when you formalize a peer connection you do it in front of witnesses. You acknowledge to all present you have a bond. And to prove it you gladly offer an oath of fealty. The apprenticing-oath promises loyalty to someone about how they’ll act with them.  For some it’s an intense, well thought commitment because each party knows they can personally depend on the other for help and a priority for their time. The oath – if formally offered – is done at a ceremony unique to each peer and candidate. In it […]

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Making Your SCA Life List

How many times have you sat with your SCA friends listening to stories about their experiences and creations? Did you wonder where they got the idea to do such a thing? How they even began to figure it all out?  One way to create distinctive life experiences – SCA or otherwise – is to have a Life List. I had never […]

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The Graying of the SCA

Why do I continue to drive hours to attend events? What’s the magnet and appeal for a Golden-ager, like me?   For over 20 years, I’ve loved the SCA for encouraging wholehearted learning and skill growth. You saw this in the quality hand crafted largess presented at an event. Carved wood, needlework, weaving, clothing, and pottery, to name a few. […]

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How To Make Effortless SCA Donations

I’m retired now, but during my work-life there were times my employer matched selected donations I made to charity. Usually, these were medical or disaster relief related charities because I always worked for a dentist.  One year the whole office was provided hordes of Girl Scout Cookies, even though it was a dental office. Seems the boss meant to bring the staff his daughter’s cookie sign up sheet. He forgot. So he faked it. We got free cookies for months. Did you know there’s a no-brainer way to donate to the SCA? It’s Amazon Smile. Most of us shop there anyway, so why not take advantage of it. Hopefully, I won’t sound like a salesperson now, but AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way I support the SCA as I shop online. I get the same low prices and even use my Amazon Visa points charge card.  Each donation is small because the AmazonSmile Foundation only donates 0.5% of the purchase price. Still, combining the amounts from all SCAdians shopping at Amazon would make a large donation.  And it doesn’t directly come out of my income. I think of it as easy, free money for the SCA.

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Cards Against Humanity Descendant

Ever since last Christmas when I first played Cards Against Humanity I’ve wanted to play it again. While it was an odd thing, perhaps, to play at a multigenerational family Christmas gathering, we all had bundles of fun. Recently I purchased my own set of cards and an expansion pack to play with my friends. We’re talking about a girls’ party sometime […]

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TBTh: Warthaven’s Master William Blackfox

Master William Blackfox (aka Mark Wallace), author and illustrator of the cartoon Warthaven, was, talented in many fields, including playing the bagpipes. He viewed everything in life as fun and generously gave the SCA his time and talents, until his untimely death in 1997. For those of you who never had the pleasure of knowing William Blackfox, Master Chidiock’s poem describes him […]

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What’s An Award Scroll’s Purpose?

In the SCA we devote hours to award creation and giving. Whether entry level or the highest awards , from start to finish, their total creativity hours are in the thousands for each six-month reign. With all that consumed time, what’s their purpose? Their obvious purpose is to acknowledge the recipient’s accomplished efforts. Whether novice or peer, we celebrate together and mark […]

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Aging in the SCA

I recently came across a lengthy post by Sir Wiglaf Wilfriding on qualifications for peerage. It’s an article worth reading and discussing, but not here. Although I do have two quotes of his to discuss. … To get knighted, you have to meet the standard and stay on it long enough for the knights to realize it. But once you’re […]

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