Mon Apr 05, 2004
In the Studio
I've been recording songs for a benefit CD for Duke Tjorkill that Emryn is putting together. Last week I recorded "Bantiarna", one of my original tunes. Today I was over at his studio recording "Asa's Dream", the tune that His Majesty Skapti commissioned for Her Majesty Asa. I also recorded bodhran on one of Qada'an's tunes. She's the voice herald for Stromgard, and we hit it off immediately.
Mon Feb 16, 2004
We spent the last few days in Atenveldt at Estrella War XX. Here's an account of what happened there. We like to go down to Arizona in the winter if the weather's good down there, it beats the cold and rain of Oregon, even if just for a week. It was warm, in the 70s and low 80s but it was cold at night, below freezing.
It was 5 days of fun and warmth, dust and cold, lotsa walking, partying and harp playing. More...
Wed Jan 28, 2004
We went up to Ursalmas last weekend for Olin's knighting. Left early on Saturday morning just before 6. It was uneventful, until we got off I-5 just after Northgate mall. It started hailing, then snowing. By the time we crossed I-405, it was snowing hard. Halfway to Monroe, there was about 3 inches of snow on the ground, and we saw someone climbing out from the window of their car, upside down in the ditch. Luckily there was a state police car which had just pulled up. We made it into Monroe without further mishap. More...
Tue Jan 13, 2004
A busy weekend, with many happenings. We drove up from Portland through the remnants of the snow and ice of our recent storms. Beware the "mogul fields" of I-5 at rush hour! They suck! Finally arrived on site about 7:30 pm, after checking into our beach house and changing before heading to the hotel for Asa's vigil.
We all piled into the hotel room of Their Highnesses Skapti and Asa, carrying benches and sheepskins and food goodies. Jarl Ulfred brought in the bench he made for Asa, based on the headboard of the Oseberg ship-burial bed. Very impressive bench, all carved and painted, beautiful work. More...
Tue Dec 30, 2003
Getting Ready for 12th Night
Writing ceremonies, printing out inventory lists and heraldry, getting things ready for taking an apprentice, practicing harp, rounding up stuff for a vigil. Liadan's made an amazing number of necklaces for awards at court.
What's going on? More...
Tue Dec 16, 2003
A good friend has passed on today.
Gerhard Kendal, Baron of Lion's Gate for 26 years. Knight, Laurel, former Pelican, Lion of An Tir, and so much more...
I first met him about 15 years ago, when up in Lion's Gate for May Crown. Many times over the years, I've had the chance to talk with him and always left with the opinion that he and Amanda were very close to our ideal in the Society. They were the people we chose to emulate. I always was proud to call him friend.
In the last couple years, as the cancer ate away at his body and health, he never lost his will to live, to serve, to learn and teach. He remained active right up until the end. Always his eyes glittered with the anticipation of his next adventure, even death itself.
He lived his life with grace, bravery, dignity, and above all else, joy in everything he did. He will be fondly remembered long after many of our Kings have been forgotten, his influence was so great. He gave so much to enrich our Kingdom, and we will be the poorer for his passing...
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