Response to M. Eleanor Deyson’s Post

Is Calontir’s Kingdom Arts and Science Champion the best artisan in the Kingdom? Is that the competition’s intent?In her May 2, 2010 post M. Eleanor Deyeson stated she believes the entrants must aspire to that before they enter. I disagree with my respected compeer. Calontir’s Kingdom Arts and Science FAQ page states: This is the competition that determines the Kingdom of Calontir’s […]

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10 Top Calligraphy And Illumination Artists

Have you thought about becoming a C and I artist? I have. Calligraphy and illumination arts aren’t dusty ancient skills Medieval monks used to make religious tomes. They are used by many today to create art.  Here are ten people who modernly use calligraphy and illumination to create art and make a living. People who prove it is possible to do something you love and be paid for it.  Marie Angel was a calligrapher, illuminator and book illustrator. My first how-to book was her Painting For Calligraphers, although she has others. Check out this Pinterest board of her work. Randy Asplund recreates medieval books and illustrates science fiction and fantasy books. In the SCA he is known as Sir RanthulfR AsparlundR.  Kathryn Finter studies and reproduces 15th-century panel and illuminated works from the National Gallery of Canada and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nancy Hulan sells her award winning book arts at Renaissance Faires and her Etsy shop. Her work inspires me and give me courage to expand my interests. Donald Jackson‘s modern handwritten St. John’s Bible team project. Jackson has authored several related books. Patricia Lovett creates, teaches and lectures on subjects and topics related to calligraphy and manuscripts. She has several related books. Marie Lynskey is an English traditional scribe, heraldic artist, and author. Her excellent book, Illumination For Calligraphers, was the second how-to book I bought.  Timothy Noad is an English calligrapher, illuminator, heraldic artist and author. Although he’s written several books, I particularly like his Illuminated Alphabet how-to-book. Illumination […]

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New Years, New Opportunities

I had this wonderful blog post written and edited about new opportunities for 2017. It was truly amazing. As I reread it before publishing, I did something that deleted it. Poof…Gone. I’m sure it was Titivillus again. It figures, 2016 was a tough year for many. In my family, too. Why not end it with another S.N.A.F.U.? Instead, I choose […]

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Vote

“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.”  William E. SimonVote in person today, if you haven’t voted already.You can’t call it in, text it in, or email it. You must go in person today.  Margaret V. Lally at the door of a voting booth during the first election where women could vote, New York City. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2016) Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

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Surprise…I’ve Returned

After my life’s recent craziness I took a little break. I drove to the far south side of Kansas City, MO, to visit my long time friends, again. I arrived in time for a BBQ party and a chance to see their extended family. (No pictures, sorry.) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sunday we went sailing on Perry Lake, with their son Joe’s family. This was […]

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Crocheted Sleeping Mats

I’m taking Tai Chi for Balance, as I’ve posted before. Now I’m also taking it at Faith Westwood United Methodist Church. The church has a Care Ministry that distributes sleeping mats to the homeless.  The mats are made with strips cut from plastic shopping bags.  They can be colorful when the bags are sorted creatively. I found pdf directions online […]

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5 Most Popular Blog Posts 0f 2016

Today I am sharing my 2016 five most popular blog posts. Those that have been “clicked-on” the most. These aren’t my “best” posts. (You and I have our own opinions of those.)  They may not be my most useful posts either. In today’s world popular blog posts happen by your willingness to share, comment on, and talk about them. It’s also how they rank in much, much later internet searches, making them more popular. So here’s my current top 5 blog review. 12th Night 2016: Barony of Lonely Tower’s Midwinter SCA Festival This one has the longevity advantage, as it was posted January 3rd. It is also a photo collection and people love pictures. But its count has been stable for 6 months. What’s An Award Scroll’s Purpose? Posted August 2nd, it already has almost as many clicks as #1. TBTh: 1990s Barony of the Lonely Tower Fashion Show Only posted September 1st, today it is shy by 7 clicks of #2. Not bad for less than a week. TBTh: Warthaven’s Master William Blackfox Posted August 18th.  Lilies War XXX Photo Array Posted June 19th and has a few clicks less than #4. Please leave me a comment below. Let me know what you think about them. I’d love to know, for my future posting efforts.

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My Random Reads

I love reading. Back in the day, I carried a paperback everywhere, just in case I was called upon to wait. Now with an eReader and a smart-phone, I’m never without a book. And most of them are digital.  Unless I am reading to learn something, I now prefer casual-books that keep me laughing. The best books for this are Jana DeLeon‘s Miss Fortune Mystery series that begins with Louisiana Longshot. I found this series a year ago and have read all eight.  There are other’s who write about Miss Fortune, her friends and the town of Sinful, Louisana, but Jana DeLeon’s are by far the best. I’ve explored other humorous mystery writers as well, but none compare.  I’m apparently not the only reader that adores DeLeon’s Sinful tales. The books have been picked up by Sony for a future TV series. And DeLeon is now listed as a best-selling author by both the New York Times and USA Today.  I enjoy her writing so much I’m reading the Shaye Archer private investigator series that begins with Malevolent. While these are serious detective stories, DeLeon’s well developed, personable characters carry the book easily through its tortuous, twisting plot.  I will continue reading the Shaye Archer series, but I can’t wait for the next Miss Fortune mystery to come out. I hope the TV contract doesn’t signal the series end, but a new beginning for the author. 

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More Reconnections

A few days ago I went to the Old Market again. That is always a chance for pictures. I never know where they will pop up. The reason for this Sunday walk and lunch at Wheatfields was to meet with good friends and visitors from Wisconson.  When I lived in Germany John and Cerona were upstairs neighbors. John has the beard […]

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From Calm To Clamor

Last year I spent searching for engrossments. Ways to connect and feel purposeful, alive.  Labor day I visited close friends and others in November. I decluttered the house. I went shopping at Kris Kinder, helped with Lonely Tower’s 12th Night Event and attended the Clothiers Symposium. I started this blog, took up Tai Chi and found my way through spring.  Then boom. The […]

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Reconnecting With More BFFs

Wow! This has been a year for reconnections and recollections. I recently visited Kansas City to visit long time friends and now Arnoud and Gillian have come to visit me. We were the closest friends before they moved to Texas in 1998. I can’t begin to write about all the many friends’ names’ recalled, and stories shared, both former and recent. I […]

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70 Years And Still Counting

I turned 70 this month. A shocking number for me because for centuries, people didn’t often reach that age.     I remember in high school learning the average life expectancy was 72 years for women and I’ve almost reached that age. Scary. The good news for my generation in the USA is life expectancy rose to 78.8 years in 2012, a new high. And life […]

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Retirement Dreams

I’ve been involved with the elderly for most of my life. I was born late in my parents’ life and they both were born late in their parents’ lives. So, many of my Aunts, Uncles and Greats were old, if not Victorian, when I was young.  Then in Junior High, I volunteered weekly in the nursing home where my 90-something Grandfather […]

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What I Learned Participating In World Hijab Day For The First Time

I am not a Muslim woman, but today, February 1st , for the first time, I wore a hijab. I participated in World Hijab Day, to support the world’s women that have decided to wear one. What would I learn wearing a headscarf in public? Would people’s reactions to me be different? The hijab head covering has always seemed beautifully feminine and dignified to me. To […]

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