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7
Mar

Hurricane

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Hurricane

1 March 2011

I realize the title of this post is alarming. Sorry.

Actually, it’s been such a busy day of sewing and cutting and such that I didn’t take a clever photo or devote time to writing. Hurricane is one of my 2011 book list books, and I wrote this “review” (I’m getting braver, Mike!) in the Sacramento Airport a few weeks ago, immediately after reading it.

So, copied and pasted from my word-doc, here it is:

*****

With the pacing and emotional ups and downs of a good romance novel, Janice A. Thompson weaves her fictional characters through the streets of a very real Galveston, Texas in the throes of the worst storm in history.

In the unsuspecting days leading up to “The Great Storm”—the Hurricane of 1900—we meet a number of archetypical folks whose lives are all brought together as the pages turn.  Thompson even manages to include a few historical figures, adding to the realism and emotional involvement I felt as I read.  People such as Isaac Cline and Clara Barton meet and interact with her created cast of characters.

The story of this storm is a harsh one.  Six thousand Galvestonians lost their lives on September 8, 1900.  That many more lost their homes and all of the 30,000 residents remaining had lost a loved one in the ordeal.

As we read Thompson’s version of the sad tale, we meet the “prodigal” son, ironically come home to the island just hours before disaster strikes.  We meet the uppity woman he calls mother and the detached father who is helplessly absent from the island when the storm hits.  We watch as all their lives are changed—forever transformed by the realization that they are the fortunate ones, and how grateful they are for what God has given them.

We suffer with the real-life nuns of St. Mary’s Orphanage—given fictional names here, and imbued with personalities we can identify with and appreciate.  We read of the true story of the nuns tying ropes around their waists and from child to child in an attempt to keep everyone safe, and although we know those attempts were all in vain, through the magic of literary imagination, one of Thompson’s nuns survives to carry hope and help rebuild her home and her city.

I was specifically touched by the story of the young woman who struggles with her decision to become a nurse, becoming disillusioned and almost giving up, just in time to be faced with the onslaught of the storm and the hundreds of patients who need her, including her own younger sister.  And, who in the process, loses her parents to the storm, and meets her sister’s rescuer—our prodigal son—falling in love and becoming a part of Galveston’s recovery and rebirth.

As a devotee of Galveston history, and the 1900 storm in particular, I will read anything I can get my hands on dealing with this subject.  I did not know when I began this read, that I was reading an inspirational story, and although there is no doubt that the author means to represent her belief that faith in God and in his plan was paramount to her characters’ decisions, I did not feel overwhelmed by it.  It was instead, a lovely, uplifting, historically-inspired story of the human spirit and the will to survive and overcome.

*****

Opening sentence:  I am going home.

For those who know me, it will come as no surprise that I pounced on a book on this subject.  I am predictable on that count.  And, in that vein:  I love the opening sentence.

~MB

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27
Jan

Ghost in My Closet

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Ghosts in the Closet

27 January 2011

I have been unable to get Bert off my mind this week.  Today, he even managed to make concentration on anything else difficult.  It’s been one year ago tonight, since we found out he had taken a shortcut out of this life and we would have to get along without him.  It’s been a year of sad and mad and missing him.

As I put away a jacket today, I realized it’s a little unusual to have a dead guy’s Renaissance costume hanging in your hall closet.  But, I do.  It was my pleasure to make Bert’s last faire costume and I was fortunate enough to get it back as his belongings were shuffled in various directions.  I used it as an eye-catching display at Scarborough last season, and will hope to do so, again this year.  Kinda helps him still “be there.”  Of course, I guess hanging out in my coat closet must be a little odd for him. 😉

~MB

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21
Jan

PubGuys at Willhoite’s

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Our Pub Guys at Willhoite's

19 January 2011

I am a PubGuys Wife.  And, not only that, but I’m pretty sure I’m their biggest fan.  I’m not sure the guys always remember that, because I also have opinions and sometimes I’m not very good at keeping them to myself!  But, hopefully all of them know, that if I’m offering any sort of preference for how I think things ought to be … I’m doing it out of love and out of my belief that the PubGuys can go places, if only they’d get out of their own way! <wink>

Good show tonight at Willhoite’s.  I wish the place weren’t a smoking venue—had to shower to get the smell out of my hair.  But, the service was great, and the free happy hour buffet didn’t suck, either!  Visit the PubGuys website for future recording spots, and to download and listen to their “pubcasts” online.  It’s a fun time!

~MB

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1
Jan

New Year’s Eve

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ZHB on New Year's Eve

31 December 2010

New Year’s Eve isn’t the same for us as it was in the fifteen years of hosting one of the few Hogmanay parties in the United States.  It’s very low key by comparison.  But, we manage to make fun where ever we are and with whatever circumstances we’re given.  This year, we were fortunate enough to be invited to a private party where our dear friend Ron was playing in the band!  Ronnie has played the bass for longer than I’ve known him, but I had never before heard him play.  The phrase “it’s about time,” doesn’t even do the situation justice!  So, we pounced on the opportunity and we had a great time.  It turns out … he’s really good! <wink>

We listened to his band–the Zane Henley Band, and then we listened to the first set by the headlining band … also named after it’s lead singer, but obviously not sticking in my head.  We toasted the New Year, sang Old Lang Syne and crawled in bed by 1:30 p.m.  Welcome 2011.

~MB

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9
Aug

Purple Steam

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Purple Steam

24 July 2010

After yet another hot day at faire, where at least Kyle and I did get to enjoy a bit of a walkabout, we all headed to town for dinner during a spectacular sunset display.  Kyle pulled over for me to take this photo and a couple of others—breathtakingly beautiful.

~MB

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19
Jun

Kids Days Day Two

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Another Shot of the Closed Booth

5 May 2010

I took this shot of the Pendragon booth after we had put away all the mannequins we put on display during Kids Days.  I’m not sure why I never took a single photo of the kids, or of Garry or Chuck, or of Evelyn at East Wind Games.  But, I did not.

East Wind Games, by the way, did not have a totally futile Kids Days event.  We actually made quite a few sales and I’d say we made it well worthwhile to be open.  Yay!  I also took advantage of being there without the guys to do some much needed cleaning and organizing!  Double Yay!  😉

~MB

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19
Jun

Within Pendragon

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Within Pendragon

4 May 2010

Kids Days.

Always a bit of a frustrating endeavor is our participation in the annual “Kids Days” event at faire.  “Student Days” they officially call it—conjuring up a much more educationally-rich experience than most of the “students” seem to have on these two days.

Our shoppe, Pendragon Costumes, is one of the many at faire, for whom these days are anything but profitable.  With a product only for adults, and a starting price point at nearly fifty bucks—this is not a shoppe that interests the kids, or stands even a chance of coming out ahead.  This year, for the first time in many, we were given the option of paying a “fee” or “fine” to remain closed.  But, when I did the math, the expenses related to being open, and the fine itself were so similar that I opted for participation in the interest of not wanting to be noticed for the lack thereof.

So, we left most of the shoppe closed and inaccessible to prevent damage and theft, and we set up mannequins all along the front of the shoppe for the kids to view and ask questions about.   Garry brought his guitar and played and sang, and I answered a few questions, and when all was said and done, we didn’t really mind the relaxed passing of a few hours in the lovely spring weather.  Go figure.

~MB

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8
Jun

The Day After the Birthday

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19 April 2010

My birthday celebration continued into the week … after all, Larry and Denise came just for the occasion, right? <wink>

I know … they also have a daughter who lives here, but … well … I can pretend!

We all went to the Yucatan Taco Stand for lunch, and to Italianni’s for dinner.  I could have sworn there were pictures, but alas, I cannot find them.

~MB

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