Yearly Archives: 2017

May is a time of transition here in Minnesota.  I don’t know if I would call it a beautiful month since all the leaves and vegetation have yet to grow enough to cover all the mud and litter exposed by the melting snow, but it is a time of promise […]

The Latest News… May 2017

Having been born and raised in Northern Minnesota, I am quite familiar with the wiles of winter. Snow, ice, and blizzards are simply a matter of course. Modern conveniences such as central heating and the national weather service have tamed winter to the degree that most storms are little more […]

A Long Winter

February 7th marked the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder (and February 13th marked the 160th birthday of her husband Almanzo).  To take a little time to remember my childhood hero’s special birthday I temporarily set aside a couple of upcoming Renaissance projects, re-read “The Long Winter” (my favorite book […]

The Latest News… February 2017

By the 16th century, the ideology of the Renaissance had spread throughout Europe making a deep and lasting impact on literature, philosophy, art, music, politics, science, and religion. The influence of the Renaissance also launched the concept of high fashion as costume began to reflect the love of art, discovery, […]

The Beginning of High Fashion