Let Us Live Like We Mean It!

My Life and Times, Here and There


My purple harp and me at Festival of Maidens, Illinois, USA, January 2018.

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:

Big Cat ca. 1971 (2016_05_01 17_16_42 UTC)
Big Cat, pen & ink on brown grocery bag, ca. 1971, Timi Townsend, all rights reserved, private collection of Christopher Townsend, Fairfield Connecticut

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! 🙂

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  1. Hello Timi. I can see we have a lot of interests in common. Although I’ve never been fortunate enough to play a musical instrument (other than a few chords on a guitar!) I’m a great history lover. The periods you’re involved in are fascinating. I’m focusing on the 9th century for my Viking trilogy at present, the third book of which I hope to finish early next year.
    As for Iceland… It’s an amazing country, which you’ll already know, I think. We only had four days there but we were truly enamoured.
    Thank you for following my blog. I’m looking forward to following yours. Millie

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    1. Hi Millie! Just wanted to let you know that I now have the first two books of your Viking trilogy on my Kindle. I won’t be able to start them until my research paper is done (Dec. 16th), but I’m really looking forward to reading them! 🙂


      1. Oh, thank you, Timi! I do appreciate that. I just hope you like Book 1 or you won’t want to read Book 2! I’ve had some really nice reviews, so I hope you’ll enjoy them too.
        I hope your research paper is progressing well. Are you doing it as part of a PhD – or as a post-doctorate piece? I know little about it, but our eldest daughter has a PhD and still writes research pieces for publication. You’ll be pleased to finish in time to enjoy Christmas.

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        1. Hi Millie! I am sure that I will enjoy both books and be chomping at the bit for the third!
          I’m engrossed in reading for my paper. I’m actually a non-degree auditor in a special program for Ohio residents over age 60 to take classes for free at state universities here. I did take an undergraduate degree from the same university in English literature way back in the 70’s–boy, was research different then! I was the Queen of the Card Catalog, and have now had to learn all about electronic databases, which has been a bit easier since they were introduced while I was practicing law, for which I received Juris Doctor in 1979. Still, it’s been a big adjustment for me to make!
          I did not have to do the research paper under the program’s guidelines, but since I had done so much research, I really wanted to have a “product” to show for it. I bet you will understand that! 🙂 My professor is kind enough to have consented to doing the extra work to read and comment upon my submission, so I want to make it excellent for her trouble!


          1. Well Timi, you definitely have a very full life with your studies as well as your work with reenactment groups. I completely understand the need to keep occupied. Why slow down just because we get older? The time to slow down is when you have to though ill health. I imagine you loved your career in Law and probably miss it. On the other hand, perhaps you haven’t got time to even think about missing it! I hear so many people of my age complaining of boredom since finishing work and I can only say they obviously haven’t tried too hard to find interesting things to take its place.
            Your professor sounds lovely and I’m sure your submission will be excellent. 🙂 You sound such a determined and conscientious person, which are things I really admire. (Perhaps that’t the teacher in me.) Have a wonderful (and busy!) week. 🙂

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