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 of TWU. I put together recommendations of Storytelling Books. Till the demands of crazy work schedules, home and church responsibilities took their toll. So for now my storytelling is on hold . . . . .I accumulated a closet full of Table Games both old and new; classics and "Euro's" for our frequent game nights with family and friends. I like browsing Board Game Geek's web site. Besides Chess, I have web pages on Mancala and Carcassonne; and Jigsaw Puzzles and Sudoku page. (And from my Vacation Bible School days Leading Active Group Games as well.
Along with this, I am Collecting Chess Sets - a 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 30 chess sets a number of boards and a few web pages, one on Searching for Unusual Chess sets.
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 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.
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; and hope to earn a certificate from the University of Washington in 2015. Perhaps a retirement career in geneological research?! Combined with a little storytelling . . . Eldrbarry's Family TalesAnother 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.
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.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.