Custom Surcoat

A while back, I ordered a custom surcoat from Wyvern Productions.  I was tired of doing the Knight Templar bit at Scarborough Renaissance Festival every year (as cool as that is), and I wanted something reflecting my own coat of arms. It arrived today, with a week and a half until the new season opens.  Even … Continue reading Custom Surcoat

The Meaning of Life from an Unlikely Yet Oh-So-Obvious Source

There's a very old saying that says "When the student is ready, the master will appear."  Unless seeing a stage show counts, I'm still waiting for that.  In the meantime, I have his audiobook. I'm listening to So, Anyway... by John Cleese.  It's everything I hoped it would be, and I'm only in the third chapter.  … Continue reading The Meaning of Life from an Unlikely Yet Oh-So-Obvious Source

The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglione

The Italian Renaissance.  We all know it.  It's that brief time in history where powerful families and political factions were dealing death on the streets while artistic geniuses put their indelible stamp on the world.  The upheaval of that time forged the modern world.  To survive in that world, one had to have sprezzatura, that easy-going, effortless … Continue reading The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglione

Code of the Samurai – Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazō

Every now and again, I dip my toes into the deep-running waters of the East, and I am reminded at every turn just how clear those waters are compared to some of the murk and sludge I experience around me.  As clear as the waters are, I'm also struck by how heavily-perfumed the atmosphere is.  The … Continue reading Code of the Samurai – Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazō

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 8: “The Scouring of the Shire”

Thomas Wolfe once said you can't go home again.  Our Hobbity heroes learn it the hard way, for nothing says "welcome home" to four weary veterans quite like a large spiked gate.  When they demand entrance, the gatekeeper is scared out of his mind, now answering to the Chief at Bag End.  Under his orders, the entire area … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 8: “The Scouring of the Shire”

Book Updates

I've got so many books in the works, it's making my head spin.  My own fault.  No one to blame but myself.  And it's a good problem to have.  Since I have so many bibliophiles in my little circle, thought I'd share some thoughts on what's in progress for those who might be interested. The … Continue reading Book Updates