HAUKELI, NORWAY—A hiker who sat down to rest discovered a 1,200-year-old Viking sword in central southern Norway. “The sword was found in very good condition. It is very special to get into a sword that is merely lacking its grip,” archaeologist Jostein Aksdal told The Local, Norway. He added that the sword probably dates to between A.D. 750 and 800, and is of a type that was common in western Norway. “When the snow has gone in spring, we will check the place where the sword was found. If we find several objects, or a tomb, perhaps we can find the story behind the sword,” he added. To read about another recently discovered Viking weapon, go to “Artifact: Viking Sword.”
If you were ever a Kepler student, you probably remember me from Symposium. I was part of the Leo group, the sealions. I am currently an MA student at U. Wales, Trinity St. David and working on my research project for the term. I am interested in the responses of any Kepler College students, whether you completed a degree, or took only one class.
Query: Why would students entering a degree program choose astrology as a major, and why would those same students choose to study astrology within an academic degree program rather than to study practical astrology in a group with a single teacher or in a non-degree-granting program?
Your participation is confidential, responses will be stored and tabulated without any contact information attached. If you have any questions or would like to participate in an interview, email or call me at 206-459-6963. If you know any other Kepler students, please pass this along to them. >^..^< Thanks!
I am amazed at the way memory works, or doesn’t as the case may be. I had a demonstration of how mine works today while I was driving to Weaving Works to pick up a part for my loom. A tune started up on the radio and I quickly recognized the Sorcerer’s Apprentice but then couldn’t remember who the composer was. I was pretty annoyed with myself since this is a pretty distinctive piece of music and an image of a Cardassian from Deep Space 9 kind of appeared in my head. Well, the first thing I thought was ‘no, it isn’t Alaimo‘, the actors name, but then thought, ‘Ah, the character is Gul Ducat and the composer, Paul Dukas.’
I gave thanks to Hermes and just sat amazed at how this stuff all just floats around on the old internal hard drive and surfaces when there is a connection to be made to some other piece of information, like the way I got an image that was actually a representation of sound, whew. I’ve spent the evening watching this clip from Fantasia and chuckling to myself about a Cardassian composing it. >^..^<
I just attended the AFA’s conference on Traditional Astrology in the 21st Century. It was held In honor of James H. Holden, FAFA with Ben Dykes, Demetra George and Chris Brennan. Holden is the author of many books including his new translation of Firmicus Maternus’ Mathesis, but I was there to have him sign my copy of A History of Horoscopic Astrology. In my first year at Kepler College, I had my copy cut at the binding and comb-bound and I thought any author would appreciate seeing their book dog-eared, and bristling with bookmarks… he did. At breakfast, we talked about his impressions of turning 85 and our favorite books by H. Rider Haggard. The weather was perfect for sitting outside in the morning and my usual breakfast entertainment was watching the grackles steal people’s toast and fruit off their plates when they went inside to refill their coffee cups. Continue reading “The AFA Conference”→
My morning commute has doubled but that is ok because I am almost completely moved into my new studio. Instead of down the hall, I am now downstairs. I’ve taken over the MIL apartment at ground level in our house. The move gives me a quiet client space and craft space at the same time. I can’t wait to show it off!
This is the first piece of jewelry made in my new studio! Sorry about the camera-phone shot. I didn’t have my lightbox and real camera set up yet. This one is a variation of the one I made for Karen. It has large tumbled citrine beads, a hematite ring, silver, onyx and a few antique glass beads.
We had a great camping trip. Rob was feeling better but wasn’t supposed to be walking so we couldn’t go for our regular campground walks. I had a commissioned wedding necklace to make so I brought the jewelry tool box along. The bride wanted citrine and pearls. I love that combination started 3 different necklaces with that combination. Then I found a You Tube video on crocheting wire and bead necklaces and while I was watching Robert to make sure he wasn’t chomping on his bandage, I made one that way, too. She chose two and the others will be in my Etsy store soon. I love the textures in the pearl and citrine braided necklace below. The technique looks impressive but is really quite simple. Our campsite-neighbor and I made a fieldtrip to Shipwreck Beads for supplies and then I taught her how to make one. She made a beautiful braided necklace in multiple shades of green stones with gunmetal colored wire. It was finished in a couple of hours and she had never even crocheted before. So, what do you do when you are camping?
Another installment of The Tales of Camper-Bob, Adventure-Dog!
We just spent a perfect weekend in Vancouver BC and we are so ready to become Canadian! Scott used the Dogfriendly website to locate a hotel that would accommodate Robert and got us a room with kitchenette, complete with a dog bed and bowls at the Vancouver Best Western Downtown. We had been keeping track of weather reports and were expecting snow but the weather was perfect, sunny and bright. We walked all over downtown Vancouver and through beautiful Stanley Park where we saw the totem poles, coastline, and teahouse. We were each able to indulge our tastes — Scott found a dog friendly cigar store where he and Rob spent an afternoon and he will soon have a blogpost up about that while I found the treadmill and jacuzzi at the hotel’s fitness center and spent my “leisure time” there. Rob had a blast just being a hotel-dog meeting new fans, riding the elevators, climbing stairs and going for lots of urban walks.
Dogfriendly had a large list of off-leash dogparks around Vancouver and the hotel gave us one as well so we explored several of those with Rob. He met a lovely Bernese Mt Dog with the perfect name — Turtle, a French bulldog pup with more energy than I have ever seen before and then this morning, a tiny Norfolk terrier puppy named Murphy. to the amazement of his new parents who said he never interacts with big dogs, Murphy followed Rob all over Charleson Park and Rob showed him how to lick mud, chase birds and pee on tufts of frost-bitten grass, you know, all the important dog-things.