Yearly Archives: 2015


Winter Solstice

I like the idea of the winter solstice. It always sounds so cozy, the dark of winter under the snow, before the sun returns to the world for the spring. This year’s solstice isn’t quite that cozy—it’s about 50º and rainy here in Chicago today.

This time of year, I always like to think about the winters I’ve spent (more…)

Gypsy Moon Ball

I went to my first contra dance weekend recently! The Gypsy Moon Ball is held every year in Indianapolis, and I was asked to drive one of the two callers for the weekend down with me Friday night. This was my first time taking my car on a road trip with a passenger, so I carefully lined up a playlist of music devoid of sea shanties or Child ballads. (more…)

Sea Shanties in SF

500+ photos from a folk festival over Labor Day weekend has really been slowing me down! Since I really didn’t take too many photos on my trip to San Francisco, I’ll just skip ahead to that and come back when I’ve finally culled and processed all the photos from the Fox Valley Folk Fest. (more…)

Reading All the Books

I’ve done a pretty terrible job of keeping up with my blog this summer, haven’t I? Life has mostly been consisting, in various proportions, of lots of design, trying to get settled in Chicago, contra dancing, reading scifi/fantasy, talking to people online, and learning about wtf Google is up to now. (more…)

Yes, I am still alive!

Life has been so busy lately! This summer I started a new job, moved to Chicago, started some new undertakings in my free time, endeavored to read a few new scifi books, did vast quantities of driving, helped some with the old farmstead and the old dog, and in the process, kind of forgot to update my blog much at all! (more…)

Contra and Chanteys

I’ve been having a good time learning to contra dance so far this summer. I’m finding it quite similar to square dancing, thankfully, which has made picking it up pretty simple, but the significantly-lower average age is keeping me on my toes all the same. I suspect there is a lot I could stand to learn about dancing more gracefully – (more…)

Stickers for the UUA

I signed up this spring for a Unitarian Universalist media group on Facebook, for making assets to share our “good word.” Being an actual designer, the couple of samples I shared apparently went over very well, and I was hired by the curator of the UUA WorshipWeb to make a set of outreach materials for General Assembly. This is a huge deal for me! I get pretty into being UU, and having my work seen by (more…)

Female Gaze Scifi

This is the sort of thing I have tried to avoid writing on my public blog over the years. But after reading about the tropes in a certain scifi series of which I have no prior knowledge, in which bisexuality and kink apparently feature heavily, and after following the stuff with Gamergate and the Sad Puppies this past year, I have something I need to talk about. Oh, and I’ve finally (more…)

Sea shanties on the plains

Sometimes I feel like my life just refuses to be stable for long. It’s about time I posted a life update on here, since things have been a-changing again. As you may have gathered, I’ve moved back to my hometown for the moment, and have been spending my time taking care of my little canine sister and doing yardwork before the midwestern (more…)