Previous to entering Georgia Gwinnett College, I worked as an Architect Designer and Drafter. However, the economic downturn influenced my decision to enter into this institution to fully develop my interest in history. I am harnessing this long simmering passion and am earning a Bachelor's degree. The BA will be supported by a Political Science minor. Following graduation at GGC, I will continue at another university to earn my Masters in Teaching (MaT). When completed, why not go on and earn my PhD in history with an emphasis in Architecture?
I fervently believe History is not about droning on endlessly about names, dates and places. It is about the consequences stemming from human, geographical, and environmental actions both beneficial and destructive. This perspective prompts me to teach history through a form of storytelling that makes amazing connections for my audience.
The finest example for how one action leads to or changes another is expressed by James Burke in his 1970's BBC series, Connections. I was inspired by him to see history in a new light, more as series of "because this happened...it is why that resulted" rather than as "on this date, so-n-so did blank". Not only does making a connection a better way to remember history, but it then becomes important to the student.
I love taking photography and transforming some of the photos into classic Black & White pieces of Art or leaving them to stand as captured.
It should come as no surprise that with my deep appreciation with history, I have been involved in a historical recreation group for over 25 years. The group close to my heart is based on medieval recreation known as the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). In fact, that is where I met I husband of 20 years. Yes, when I say I married my knight-in-shining-armour, I actually mean it! Because the SCA has been such an integral part of our lives, our children understand history as a living and breathing entity.
Together with like minded friends, we explore a variety of activities. Among them is learning about textiles such as combing, dyeing, spinning, weaving wool and then transforming the material into period garments. We encourage each others' experiments as we cook over an open flame with iron pots or indulge in fresh baked bread just removed from the recreated brick & mud oven. A knight fights for my honor on the field of combat while wearing the armour he created. Kings & Queens honor our efforts in Their Courts.
The photos of our hobby include my husband in his armour, us as Newlyweds, a fighting bout between friends, and one of when the three children were little ones. However, while the last photo is particularly precious, only the eldest three are ours.