My site “Let Us Live Like We Mean It: My Life and Times, Here and There” is both a journal kind of blog, as well as a topical one.
I am a retired lawyer whose career was mostly as a public defender working throughout the state of Ohio. Before that I had several federal civil service positions on the East and West Coasts of the U.S.A.
Music and art have always been major avocations of mine. I began playing piano at age 5, flute at 8, and finally my real love, the guitar at age 12. It in turn was a run-up to the Renaissance lute, which was my focus in performance from age 16 to age 60, and which I’m beginning to play again after a hiatus of several years due to arthritis.
Celtic harp is also a favorite of mine, and I have a new one that is easier on my hands. It is purple. You can see me with it up top of this page.
I have drawn and painted all my life and will from time to time post past and current efforts. Here is one of my favorite old ones from college days, which I gave last year to my brother Chris and his wife Missy:
History is also a big preoccupation, particularly Medieval and Renaissance Europe and Asia Minor. I got to live for a time in Istanbul, Turkey, which will always be a blessing to me.
I am owned currently by two cats: Ophelia and Sissy. Black Bean and Kiwi died this past year, causing me much sadness. The names and numbers of the cats I live with may vary, but my status as an active-duty cat-person never has, nor will. I do like dogs, too, and would love to have a little white dog, but my living situation makes that too difficult.
Social justice, nature and wildlife conservation are also passions of mine, too, as is religion/spirituality.
Last year I joined the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, where we research European culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance up to the year 1600 C.E. (A.D.) and then re-enact those times in what we call the Modern Middle Ages. Our motto is “Living The Dream.” I enjoy it immensely. My SCA name is Unnr Olafsdottir, a 10th century Icelandic woman whose family came from Norway via the British Isles.
I enjoy teaching classes in the SCA, and also attending classes at The Ohio State University, where I’ve taken several courses offered by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Do you see a pattern here? LOL
I hope that you will find much in my blog to enjoy or enlighten, or at least not offend! 🙂