Games People Play

I recently read a fun Romance novel where the main character and members of her family participated in Civil War reenactment group known as Brother Against Brother. The story takes place in Connecticut, that site of exactly zero (0) Civil War battles. I chuckled, thinking how crazy it was for those people to delve so far into history that happened somewhere else. I laughed out loud, until I saw some of my Society for Creative Anachronism gear sitting around the room. Oh. In Southern California, I portrayed a 14th Century Irish woman who traveled the Spice Road with her uncle, a defrocked monk who taught her to read and write. She collected books.

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Irish Eyes Were Not Always Smiling

Let’s get this part over with. Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish. St. Pat’s Day is a Holy Day in Ireland. Only in America do people drink green beer and wear Kiss Me, I’m Irish! shirts. Americans made St. Paddy’s Day the drunken orgy it has become. That’s not what this post is about it. And yes, I am Irish. So this means a lot to me. Continue reading “Irish Eyes Were Not Always Smiling”

November Word of the Month

I grew up in a very white world. I recently realized that Thanksgiving is a white male Christian holiday. I understand why Native Americans choose not to celebrate it, especially with their entire culture reduced to a cartoonish sidekick role. Followed by lots of hate and bitterness and war. So our word for this month is marginalized. Continue reading “November Word of the Month”

Writers Need Pens

Oh sure, you are pointing to your notebook/desktop/iPad/ Smartphone and laughing derisively at the title. But how did we get from pens to that Smartphone? And don’t you ever print out the manuscript for an in-person critique group? You have to have red pens and stuff to mark it up. Really, if your battery dies and you don’t have a charger and the electricity goes out, how would you finish the story? Continue reading “Writers Need Pens”

Women Dress for Other Women

Perhaps Cleopatra dressed for Caesar (in 48 BCE) and then Marc Antony (in 42 BCE), but overall, she dressed to impress her court and the people she ruled. Especially the women, even if simply by inspiring them to wear similar fabrics, designs, and styles. Cleo was a Queen to be followed and imitated. Her influence has lasted the centuries. Continue reading “Women Dress for Other Women”

Car Badges and Pennants

What image do you use for your social media representation? Is it an object you identify with? A photo of yourself? Maybe your pet or family. Many of your friends recognize you by that picture. Currently I have my dog Astrid sleeping in her Santa bed as my “avitar” or avi on Scribophile, and a cute picture of her on a rock at the lake as my “Profile” picture on Facebook. And I have others in other places. So I am not easy to identify outside of one place or another.

112018 dog on a rock

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