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One of the great pleasures of living in the desert is when the monsoon comes and dusty and dry desert soil drinks deeply -- and quite magically, turns verdant and lush, blooming everywhere. Over the last ten days or so... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In the Labyrinth
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I recent visited the Phoenix Art Museum to see an exhibit of Japanese Armor. As a knitter and a weaver, I was so struck by how much handwork there was involving knotting, netting, and the interlacing of reeds, braided threads, slivers of metal, and leather in the making of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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As a knitter and a weaver, I was so struck by how much handwork there was involving knotting, netting, and the interlacing of reeds, braided threads, slivers of metal, and leather in the making of the various armor plates, covering... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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This small mask was created by shaping layer upon layer of laquer to achieve the sculptural effect of this mythic and monstrous creature which would have been worn at the top of a helmet. It is as terrifying as any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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Here are examples of full face masks -- all created in various weights of metal. Some with hinges, mustaches, and one in heavy iron -- hard to imaging keeping it on the face. The Samurai when fully dressed wore about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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Last Sunday I was fortunate to catch the last day of an incredible exhibit of Japanese Armor from the 12th through 17th century at the Phoenix Art Museum. It was a spectacular and breath-taking collection of beautiful and terrifying pieces... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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One of my favorite places online is the home page for Russian poet Taisia Kitaiskaia who undertook a few years ago to create an advice column for the great Baba Yaga -- the questions are all real, submitted by people... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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So it happens in this hot and rainless Tucson summer, that I miss and long for the lush green of a midwest summer; the gardens exploding with fruit and flowers. So these three verses from Dylan Thomas' beautiful "Fern Hill."... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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I'll admit it -- I'm a fan of Renaissance bad-boy poet Pietro Aretino, whose writings often necessitated his fleeing angry cardinals and creditors, yet whose letters to and from powerful men could have prompted their blackmail, earned him the title... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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Yes, I have been missing here for awhile, but I have been crazy busy: a glorious trip to Colorado to hike the Flat Irons and listening to my little granddaughter tell me stories about woodpeckers, tigers, and trains. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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What a beautiful hike up the Ute Trail where at around 7,000 ft there was a profusion of wildflowers blooming brightly beneath the pines. It was a huff and puff for me to catch my breath initially, but I adjusted... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
Our son who took us there has hiked it -- we got as far as across the bridge and at the entrance of the tunnel. I was fascinated by the faded but still slightly visible painted advertisment from the 1940s on the face that huge bluff that faces the arsenal. I can't imagine how they got up there to actually paint it! And that it has endured so long.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2017 on Warp & Weft in the Trees at In the Labyrinth
Oh so much! After the desert, I was just in heaven in the woods with all that moist air and beautiful green. I am hoping to return again before the end of the year -- and yes, maybe do some hiking too!
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2017 on Warp & Weft in the Trees at In the Labyrinth
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Commedia dell'Arte troupes crisscrossing the country to perform are often at the mercy of events they have no control over, like difficult audience members and bad weather. In the midst of rain and misery, the kindness of an unexpected patron... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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The Commedia dell' Arte in the 16th century was a vigorous form of theater, and a largely improvised theater, with established stock plots and bits of commedic exchange that employed a free flowing rehearsal -- a chance to invent and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
They complained mightily -- but not to the nobels who were engaged in the annoying behavior for fear of some serious reprisals -- I think in the end, it was the Commedians who complained to the law, saying that such behavior by the nobels was interferring with their ability to perform and complete their business. Because some of these troupes performed before royalty, I think they were able to get some higher ups to support their requests. The fines pretty much put a stop to the interference (on stage any way) -- though I suspect many young actress found herself happily feted and bedded -- after the performance.
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Visiting Harper's Ferry to learn more about John Brown and his ill-fated uprising against slavery. It is truly in one of the most beautiful places in this country, just at the point where three rivers converge. In the green woods... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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Working on this lovely sweater for my second granddaughter Lulu due later this year. The pattern is Norwegian Fir and I am using a beautiful soft wool, Rowan Baby Merino (with a bit of cashmere). It's wonderful to knit. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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A visit to Harper's Ferry (to find out more about John Brown and his ill-fated uprising against slavery) I came across this lovely pair of trees in the deep green woods. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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Old Town Alexandria -- out of the desert and into this beautiful rainy, misty unbelievably green world. And so many places to visit... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
Thank you! I love the mask, it's really eerie.
Oh wow -- that's awesome! I checked the University of AZ's library catalogue and I can snag a copy there. What fun to be able to read about Howard and Ophaboom!
In 1590 Conte Ulysse de Bentivolgio described a company of Commedia actors as: "It is a brothel of infatuation between strumpets and scamps." (Perhaps shocked by the troups insistance on having women actors actually play the female roles. Very un-Shakespearean.)... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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I am uncertain where this piece of information came from originally -- I neglected to write down the cite perhaps already transforming it into a scene I myself might write, while metally putting it into the "truth is stranger than... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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"Let us amuse ourselves today, You will never guess my name and I won't ask you to try. I am a mad spirit or goblin. I come from the other world and one of those spirits Actius or Plautus orders... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at In the Labyrinth