Hi there, readers.
I decided it is time to post a blog to talk about who I am. This may seem redundant to those of you who I have been in touch with for the last 20+ years, but thanks to the wonderfulness that is facebook (and other social networking sites) I have found some people that I thought I would never get to talk to again. YAY!!
So here's some info about me. Some of this goes back old-school, and you may think it is too much info, but you don't have to read.... If you are coming here from another site and don't have a LJ account, you are welcome to comment, but comments will be screened here so they may not show up on the list right away. This is obviously an open post since I am sending people here that might not have live journal accounts.
Anyway, here goes....
( Ending up in Montana.... )
( origins of my SCA experience.... )( ...she met the boy she's gonna marry.... )
( then there was Utah.... )
You are welcome to go through the archives of my journal here. There are a number of open entries that will fill in some of the gaps. There are always more details, but there is also work today, and I need to get there on time.
I am glad to be back and will be sharing some posts soon.
Education = Opportunity.
The opportunity to work. The opportunity to escape poverty. The opportunity to live healthily. The opportunity to live confidently. The opportunity to hope.
I believe you deserve an education.
Whoever you are.
It’s your right.
You deserve the chance to make the most of this brief glimpse we call existence. To be all you can be. To help those dear to you. To re-imagine the parameters of possibility.
Because education is transformative.
It can rescue a girl from the burdens of adulthood: early marriage and premature pregnancy.
It can empower a woman to take control of her life: mind, body, and soul.
It can defeat disease and temper intolerance: a shield for both our health and our humanity.
Education is a Titan.
Whole communities and countries lifted from the quicksands of destitution to the plains of progress.
And the power of education lies not in the pages of textbooks, or the recital of facts and figures.
It resides in the mind of a child who is taught how to think. How to learn. How to navigate the world, avoid whirlpools, climb mountains.
It’s a lifeline that’s saving.
Saving families. Saving futures.
I am posting a copy of my Kingdom Seneschal letter for the May, 2011 issue of the Sage Advice (the Artemisian Kingdom Newsletter). It is true, it hasn't been published yet, but I wanted to share this with people in other places as well.
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Talon's full gallery from Norse Culture Night can be found here: talentus.smugmug.com/SCA/20110216-Norse-
I have posted my pics here:
This is another one that makes me happy - my friend and champion Sir Kazimir Konstantinov of Novgorod.
Camp Verde, Arizona
Didn't get out much in 2010. I think there will be more in 2011.
I have been thinking about the relationships I have with people. I have blood family, chosen family, SCA people, officers, coworkers, non-SCA friends, and people I interact with here and there.
So my question to myself is: What are the characteristics that are most important in the people I interact with, and what do I do if the other person doesn't have those characteristics? And should it change depending on the category of relationship I have with the person?
There are a few particular situations that are vexing me at the moment and I am trying to decide what to do.
I would be interested to hear thoughts on this if anyone cares to share. c
It is Spring of 1242 and the Teutonic Order rides forth to Novgorod to the crusade. The Bishop has sent them forth to spread the faith to the heathen Rus. They seek to subjugate the pagan peoples of the Motherland. The Rus gather near Lake Peipus to give battle. To stand with the Druzhina and drive the Teutonic horde back whence it came.
The Rus and the Teutonics shall meet upon the field of battle Saturday at Estrella War. All who would do honor to this moment are welcome. Come one and all my Brothers in Arms. All shall be attired in arms and armour appropriate to the Battle of Lake Peipus 1242 to take part in this glorious battle. This moment is a but a mere glimpse and a chance to relive the glory of this piece of history for the Rus and Teutonic alike! We would ask that all prepare kit and make ready to do battle.
We all shall strive to take this opportunity to shine above and beyond. Do all that you can to represent your affiliation be it Rus or Teutonic!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
Lord Kazimir Konstantinov
The SCA 2010 Census is now LIVE!
The SCA is us, you and me doing what we do. But who are we, what do we do, and how can we support each other to make the SCA the type of organization we can be proud of?
The SCA 2010 Census committee has been asked by the Board of Directors to develop a census-level survey that will help us to address key issues facing the SCA. These issues affect our everyday experience in the SCA; from "pay for participation" issues and award structures to quantitative, qualitative, motivational, and behavioral demographics such as age, gender, activities and interest areas, and reasons for joining, remaining in, and leaving the SCA.
Because this is a "census-level" survey, we are attempting to reach each and every SCA participant, regardless of whether or not they are paid members or are currently active. Everyone's voice is important to the success of this project.
This information will help us, as an organization, move forward into the next decade, to identify, address and work on current issues and gain a better, deeper understanding into what makes the SCA what it is today. Your responses to these questions will also help us create a plan for making the
SCA better organization in the future. The only way we can understand what is important is by hearing from you.
The survey is completely anonymous, you will never be asked for information that will identify you.
The SCA 2010 Census Survey is available here:
The Survey will remain open until December 1st. Once the data collection is completed, the results of this survey will be made available on the SCA 2010 Census website. All data that is collected or published will remain completely anonymous and will not be sold or shared beyond this survey's
If you would like to learn more about the SCA 2010 Census, if you have questions or ideas about the project, please contact the committee at scacensus2010@ sca.org [OMIT SPACES]
Please take the time to fill out the survey. The voices of each and every participant in the SCA whether you are currently active or not, will help us to better understand the SCA and enable us to grow and flourish as an organization.
The SCA 2010 Census Committee
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay."
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
I need some suggestions and/or ideas.
A friend who is a SCAdian has a broken arm. He will be in a forearm cast for at least 6 more weeks (and hopefully ONLY six more weeks). His tunics won't fit over a cast.
Any suggestions on how to make something that would fit over a cast and be easy to put on/take off? I think it might cheer him up immensely if there were some kind of reasonable plan so he could be able to go eventing.
1) Been working on wardrobe for Their Majesties Daman and Veronique. Coronation and Crown Tourney outfits done plus will be working on Pennsic stuff. Pics soon I promise!
2) Moved to a new apartment. Got in here and lost the will to unpack.
3) Been making a TON of travel plans for this summer. I have the best hubby ever who has been working his ass off at his job so I can have money for all these trips without him.
4) Been spending a lot of time contemplating the meaning of friendship and how I implement that in my life. Spending time with some people getting to know them better, spending some time with friends I have had for a while, and realizing that some people I thought were my friends don't spend nearly as much time and energy on me as I do on them, so I am wondering if they are really my friends or merely acquaintances. Sometime I will look and see if I have posted a blog here about my bullseye theory as it applies to these things. If I haven't posted about that I should.
5) Trying to get a handle on the Kingdom Seneschal job. Way more intense than I thought, but mostly going OK so far.
Back to my work project with me. More later.
[from the opening of Boondock Saints II]
Fortunately, His Majesty is an understanding soul and realized that I was still in shock from receiving the Court Barony when He was reading the names of the recipients.
Grand Court pics start on page 16 of the gallery. Here are a few of my personal favorites.
( Pics behind cut... )
All I can say is Wow!
Working with some of the best Royals, retinue, and the best deputy Royal Liaisons EVER!! Made the job so much easier than it should've been. Not to say there weren't any glitches but they seemed to be relatively minor and relatively easy to resolve.
Getting hang time with a friend over coffee off site and then getting to see said friend come to the event even though it was a hard thing to do. It was a big step.
Shenanigans and mischief abounded. Victory laps. Trouping about the site following Sean (who had no idea where he was going if you ask me). Lots of love and laughter. Feeling super close to people that I already knew and making some new friends too.
Being in the right place at the right time twice in one day.... first time I walked up to the Outlands Prize Tourney just in time to see King Sean and King Eduard fight each other. I love watching them fight. Later that night, I arrived at the Outlands party just in time to see a whole bunch of awesome Calontiri singers singing Warrior's Wyrd to my King and Queen.
Beautiful weather overall.
Getting to spend time with some good friends from other Kingdoms and realizing that I am blessed by all the friends I have.
Missing a few people that weren't there.
And the best court bushwack ever..... I got called into Grand Court by His Majesty of Atenveldt. I was escorted by the Queen of An Tir. King Eduard called me a rockstar and got me to do a superhero pose with him (video and photo evidence to follow). Then I was escorted back to King Sean and Queen Nisa who deeply honored me with a Court Barony. Complete with coronet made by Baron Tighearnain and Baroness Sibilla. Apparently many many people knew. And I had no idea.
Baroness Theodora of Trebizond, OP, Baroness of the Court of Sean IV and Nisa
Has a nice ring to it and means the world to me. It was the topper to an amazing week.
But my hair is driving me nuts! It is basically down to my bra line in the back, no bangs, blah. I have been wanting to cut it. Not short-short but so it would look healthy since I have these flyaway frizzy bits around my face when I pull it back in a pony tail (pretty much the only way I wear it).
I know my husband likes my long hair, but I keep thinking it is not healthy so I just want to fix it.
Then I heard some ladies at work last week talking about someone they know who is "just too old to have long hair" and that made me think I am definitely in that category. *lol*
So I am debating about a style and everything, but haven't made up my mind. Any opinions cheerfully accepted.