Now these "secret ambitions" were fed by more than just wishes. Some have became passionate explorations in the Everett Public library. There were magazine subscriptions, and book clubs' memberships "calling out regularly" to those "secret ambitions." And since I am a constant Reader and "booka-holic" my library has grown. With changing times and Cyberspace, some of these book clubs and magazines have vanished and others have merged into web sites, and I have other links I have found as well. This page gives me a place to organize some of those many links.
Now some of my secret ambitions are realities.
Like Storytelling. which resulted in my Eldrbarry's Story Teller's Web Page, est. 1995: The Art of Telling - The Joy of Listening - The Old Old Story. The storytelling spider Anansi bit me when I was turning forty, though it had long been there for our church's Vacation Bible Schools. And for several years, I told stories whenever I could; Raven and Hatter Tales in schools, libraries, at campfires, and Bible School stories at church. I've filled a file cabinet and a bookcase with stories. I participated in the Seattle Storyteller's Guild and the Storytelling Listserv. I put together recommendations of Storytelling Books. Till the demands of crazy work schedules, home and church responsibilities took their toll. So for a long time my storytelling was on hold. But in 2015, I again got involved with the Seattle Storytellers Guild, telling often at Guild open Mikes, taking over the editorship of In The Wind, their quarterly newsletter, serving on the SSG Board; and am beginning to establish my Eldrbarry's Tales - a retirement storytelling business.
And, as for books - used books of folk and other tales can be bought pretty cheap bought on Amazon - so that library is growing still.Sewing is a by product of my storytelling. My wife has been a quilter for many years, and she has sewed since we married. I have started making colorful pieced vests for my storytelling, as well as quilts to use as backdrops on my PVC pipe frame. Some of my (currently eight) vests are double-sided, as is one of my quilts. Favorite quilt shops include Loving Stitches in Everett and Aunt Mary's Quilt Shop in Smoky Point. Though JoAnn's gets plenty of business from us as well. See also the links on Marianne's Quilting page.
Getting out and about
I started cooking and Collecting Recipes and Cook Books early in our marriage when our daughter was born and continue to enjoy it and do it often. So I have accumulated many Cook Books, and enjoy subscriptions to Sunset, Cooking Light and Cuisine at Home. For my daughter's Hungarian wedding(s), I put together a page on Hungarian Cooking and I did a booklet of Salads for my son's wedding.
Along with this, I am Collecting Chess Sets - a dream from childhood that bit me again when I visited the Maryhill Museum of Art, on a May day in 2004 when the Lupine were blooming in the Gorge. I have now have a modest collection of over 30 chess sets, a number of interesting boards and a few web pages, one on Searching for Unusual Chess sets.
With the passing of my parents and the realization that we siblings didn't know much about our forebears and our heritage, I became interested in Geneology and Family History. This has led to a project to get to know our "Greats". I have been working on my Great Grandfather, Emmer Nichols, and his family which was quite an adventure in cyber-sleuthing. I also have the Orlando McWilliams' and the Ivan Hartley Wilsons' on my father's side to explore, and the Ole Refnes' on Marianne's side. Her brother, Bob, is working on the Gastons' - in particular, George Gaston, who founded Tabor College and his son, Alonzo, who died in the Civil War. I have subscribed to ancestry.com and Family Tree Magazine, Begun bulding a geneological library. Perhaps a retirement career in geneological research?! Combined with a little storytelling . . . Eldrbarry's Family Tales oh . . . those "secret ambitions"!!Another secret ambition was Graphic Design. (Yes, there was a book club -- which filled a couple of shelves -- it's now folded into HOW! Magazine's store! And Paintshop Pro 5 and CorelDRAW! on my computer.) When I was teaching and preaching in the mid 90's. I got to play with graphics and fonts a lot. I did church bulletin covers, and sermon note sheets, and created handouts and overheads for classes I was teaching. More recently I did some powerpoint presentations, as well. And I still use it for web pages and storytelling flyers.
The Gardening Bug bit me many years ago. My ambition is to have a productive "raised bed intensive" vegetable garden, and an herb garden, and some flowers. And I dug and planted and weeded for years till a decade of travel and missions trips began, and the weeds won. Lately I have started digging again. I've built my fence, expanded the beds to put some herbs on one side. But after a couple more fallow years, and now retired - I just am waiting for the Northwest Rains to stop.Ship Modeling was intended as a replacement for a little "beetle" called railroad modeling, which had lingered from childhood. However my first vessel, The Swift was started, then packed away for 20 years, far from done. But it was found, finished and I've finished a second now, a Dutch Fishing boat, The Botter. I am now working on a Colonial Schooner, The Halifax, and I have three more waiting, patiently, their turns. One will be a model of my father's "weather" ship in WWII, the PCE-892. I have two pages of ship modeling books and resources on my web site.
And then there is Woodworking. (I confess there are magazines - Wood and Fine Woodworking, but no Book Clubs this time!) But I never had a place when I could generate sawdust except out in the rain till recently when we got The Shed, and I still don't have the tools or much experience. However day dreams whisper about building things from wood; I have a son-in-law who knows tools, and possibly even someday I might learning how to turn my own Chess Pieces on a mini-lathe.