Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival



Reliving the days of chivalry is fun for any age. Steve and I had a fun time at the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival held at Sunset Park in Las Vegas this weekend.

Minstrels     Spinning

There was jousting, belly dancing, and minstrels providing entertainment along with demonstrations such as spinning.


This festival had the greatest offering of clothing I have seen to date.  One could buy complete outfits of period costumes including, blouses, vests, skirts, head pieces, shoes, and jewelry. Men could purchase kilts and monk outfits as well as period costumes.

Pirate     Pirates

Many of the costumes are made of heavy material about the same weight as upholstery. This outstanding pirate couple had heavy costumes. They acted the part in a fun and believable way. The quickness of his draw gave evidence that he practiced a long time with his pistols. They were a fun couple and added much to the festival.


I think this baby stroller was a very clever presentation of the renaissance time.


There were a goodly amount of swords offered for sale. There were wooden swords and shields right up to the finest ceremonial swords. Much of the day was nostalgic for me. I wished our sons could have been with us. We used to visit renaissance fairs when they were teenagers.


We got to meet some faeries and make wishes in their special magic faery house.


After a tasty lunch, we decided to call it a day. On our way out, we encountered a young man and his pet. The pet was very interested in everything and moved around a lot. They were both showmen.

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Class Reunion


My high school 50 years ago. 



Next year will be my 50th high school class reunion. I attended other class reunions and had a good time, but this one is different. This is the big one. This one spans a lifetime.

Yesterday I looked through my yearbook. Under each picture was the name and the person’s ambition. I wondered how many people did what they planned. How would they tell their story of the past 50 years?

Not everyone will attend a class reunion for various reasons. Shyness, distance, health, are but a few of the reasons for not wanting to attend. That is understandable, but do you ever wonder whatever happened to the people you graduated with? Did they fulfill their ambition? Are they happy or content?

Going to a reunion does not mean you would have the time or opportunity to talk with everyone and hear their story. Not everyone would be willing to answer your questions on the spot.

What if you could fill out a questionnaire and submit it to be part of a book to be published called “Class of 1965 – 50 years later.”

What would it contain?

Name in yearbook: This is the only non changeable entry.

Current name:

Your story: Fill in the blanks below or freelance.

Links to pictures and videos are welcome.

Places you have lived:



Jobs you have had:

Positions you have held:

Awards you have won:

What makes you happy:

This is your story – tell it the way you want.

I would compile all of the answer sheets into a book, format and publish it in a Kindle format. Using electronic format means we could include links to websites with pictures and videos.

What do you think? Is this a clever idea or what?

Suggestions please!

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We all have one a year whether we want to or not. When we start out in life, that first birthday is so important. We invite friends and family to watch our little one maneuver about and do what they are told, but not have the slightest idea about what is happening until they reach the second, third or sometimes fourth year of life.

My friend, Sue Turgeon, had several birthdays in her family to celebrate around the end of July. We often got together in her and Richard’s big back yard for the event. Everyone got their own birthday cake.

The year that Chris McTighe was three, I think, he was presented with a large sheet cake fully decorated with his favorite action heroes. He was sitting patiently on the picnic bench waiting for the candles to be lit. His mouth was even with the cake. I was waiting to take pictures. With a smile and an encouraging tilt of my head, Chris took a bite of the frosting as I snapped the picture. Chris took several bites as I took several pictures. Naughty me, but oh those pictures were great and everyone got a good laugh. Just for the record, I didn’t let him eat enough frosting to get sick.

Then come the little people parties. Those are the ones that are more difficult on the parents and sometimes the guests. I remember one party, just one because I refused to ever go again, at Chuck E Cheese. I think everyone but Steve and me were seasoned pros at that fine establishment.

Everything about the party at Chuck E Cheese was good except the children. They ran from place to place faster than my eyes could follow. I was asked to keep an eye on my niece, but that was impossible. I take my duties seriously and I was soon a nervous wreck.

I have enjoyed so many wonderful birthdays; my own as well as other people’s. I do enjoy celebrating birthdays. To me it is celebrating the person.

Today is my birthday. Although it is still early in my time zone, I have had a most delightful day. I have received cards in the mail, phone calls, electronic cards, Twitter messages, Facebook messages and sms messages. Every one of them is special.

As I thanked the people who sent me the messages, I thought about my relationship with that person and what we have shared. In many cases, I have many memories of lots of shared birthdays over the years.

Each memory was a gift. I remember the many parties at the Morrissey’s. The fun times with Sue and Jerry Thomas. My adorable godchild, Kathleen Cassidy, and the tons of parties we shared with her and her family. Miss Dazey with the beautiful cards. Karri Konga with her little girl excitement at her party. And I must mention our own sons, Chris and Thom, themselves and their families. Life is good.

Now I have new friends in our new home in Las Vegas. I have online friends who are near and dear to me whom I have never met. I have friends who I have met only briefly, but they are all special to me.

Thank you all for taking the time to send a greeting because that touch is truly a gift. We are all in this life together. It is all good.

Have a great day and enjoy your birthday when that special day arrives.

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America Celebrates


The American Flag has a lot of meaning to me. I like everything about the flag. I remember learning about Betsy Ross making the first American Flag. The red and white stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. The white stars represent the states. The stars increased over the years, but the flag remained the same as America grew and got stronger.

Just as we are all individuals, we all have our own memories of what the 4th of July means to us. For some it means a family get together and a BBQ. For others, it is a parade and commemorating those who have fallen in war. To end the day, there is usually a display of fireworks.

I especially like the music associated with America.

America the Beautiful
By Katharine Lee Bates

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain.
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
by George M. Cohan

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
A Yankee Doodle, do or die
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Fourth of July

The Star Spangled Banner
By Francis Scott Key

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

This Land Is Your Land
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

God Bless America
By Irving Berlin

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

It doesn’t matter what political group you belong to or what church you attend. America is the greatest country on earth. We have the most freedom and hope for a better tomorrow. We have lots of reasons to sing about our country.

How do you celebrate America’s birthday?

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