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LibertyCon 31: interim report

Today’s post is an o the scene, on the run, off the cuff report on the still in progress LibertyCon 31 in Chattanooga, TN.

The con opened on Friday afternoon with an opening celebration of finding a new site to host, the Marriott convention center, and announcement of the Reed House as the spot for future cons.

There was also a great opening introduction by Charles Gannon, the master of ceremonies, which included a roast of Brandi and her family as the chair and chief organizers of the con. All the jokes proved the convention as a true family event, one inclusive of all who want to come and be included.

Some of the great lines included a convention “of well armed friends, what freedom is all about.”

And his description of LibertyCon: “A con with an armed army, led by a single, dominant family, run for everyone yet judges no one – you scoundrels.”

For me the con truly shows that spirit. The Barn Wives panel showed same As Dan Hoyt proudly wore the Baen wife title as the spouse of Sarah Hoyt. “You can’t take that away from me.”

I do admit that I personally felt like that spirit became tentative to me during a couple of sessions on Saturday. Durimg the lightly attended session on trends in young adult fiction I heard one member of the panel talk about the attempt and trend to increase the diversity of protagonists I. Young adult fiction, which another instantly equated with diversity of authors writing it. No one on the panel verbally noted it but went blithely on. It gave me my queztion to ask. I waited to ask until they got to the question section. Yet others got their questions solicited, even late arrivals, without mind being called on. My attempt to let someone finish before insertion of my question meant he others always got to ask instead of me. My question cou!d only be asked of the panelists at the end, individually to the ones I could reach, made it misunderstood and useless.

Diversity of protagonists is good, as is diversity of authors. Connie to g the two is invidious poison.if only someone who experienced something can write about it, that means I am not capable of researching and interviewing to write about it, and also precludes me from understanding that person when they write abut it. There is no use writing g to anyone except those who already I I ddrstand..

The next panel I attended was on space opera and any new style trends. Ok. I g down what was spce opera, mi!Italy sci fi, etc, took time and was never really setted. Opera wE bigger themed, like an opera singer, less hard science, at least they were a couple of the suggestions.

What raised my question here was the statement that zl! Writing is an emotional e perience, space opera just adds lasers. So this time I waited standing, wLking, to ask my question and got it in. I read the statement and then asked, but isn’t the lasers a part of the emotions?

They talked about getting hit with lasers, bullets, pebble, makes you emotional. The entire panel seemed to miss the point of the question and make fun of it. Then they went into a discussion of why they loved space opera that answered .I questionable realizing they were. In some books they talk about the setting being so essential it is a charzcter. While not exactly a chapter space opera fills and de!overs. Set In emotional element – which is what makes it space operz, and the lasers are part of the emotion.

But if they hadn’t done that I would have walked away feeling excluded and mocked.

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A Blast of the Past #145: Painting the Living Room

We started our house painting project back in 2012, it seems, with the first two walls of the living room.  A wall a year was the plan, though we sped up at points since then.

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A Look Ahead — LibertyCon

Trying to put together the list of upcoming events. It is currently skewed to very few things immediate and more things further out. Also most of the events come from a very small set of sources.  Any suggestions to broaden the list is appreciated.

June 29-July 1 — LibertyCon

This small and size-limited annual sciene fiction/fantasy convention in Chattanooga, TN is known for being a fun, open, yet family-feeling affair, one that is intensely interested in the art craft, and future of the genre, but also believes in not taking itself too seriously. The limit of 750 memberships is already sold out, and two of them belong to my wife and I. So there will be reports from and after the con on the blog for sure.

June 29-July 1 Starlight Theatre Kansas City MO

Show Time: 8 p.m.

Gates Time: 7 p.m.

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes, with intermission

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, glass slipper, masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists!

Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.” This hilarious and romantic Broadway experience is for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

Suitable for all audiences.

Through July 8 — Sister Act at New Theatre Restaurant

When disco diva Deloris witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in a convent! Using her unique singing talent, Deloris breathes new life into the community but blows her cover in the process. Soon, the gang gives chase. From the composer of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LITTLE MERMAID and more, SISTER ACT was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical.




July 4 — American Independence Day

More items than I could hope to list belong to this day.  I am listing here the events in Kansas City, actually just the ones at Worlds of Fun:

Worlds of Fun wants to thank the men and women who have served and who are currently serving in our country’s military. Veterans of the American Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard receive complimentary admission to Worlds of Fun on the following holidays:

Armed Forces Day (Saturday, May 19, 2018)
Memorial Day (Monday, May 28, 2018)
Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4, 2018)
Labor Day (Monday, September 3, 2018)

Complimentary tickets are available for active duty, reserve, or retired military (with honorable or medical discharge) and government issued ID.

Veterans or active military members only will receive complimentary admission to Worlds of Fun, with the option to purchase up to six (6) discounted tickets for immediate family members.

Please present valid government issued ID at any ticket sales window located at the Worlds of Fun or Oceans of Fun main entrance in order to receive your free tickets for military service, and to purchase military discount tickets for immediate family.

July 8 — Rehearsals continue for Madrigalia Bar Nonne.

This isn’t an open to the public thing, but interested singers are always welcome to come and join rehearsals, and see if they might want to try out for this select group of period a capella musical performers. Rehearsals continue most Sundays through August, and then the group sings daily at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival at its grounds in Bonner Springs. Anyone interested in joining a rehearsal or the group, drop me a line and I will get you the necessary contact information.  I have been singing with this group since 1999.

July 14 — Avondale United Methodist Church Book Club

The club meets at 10 a.m. in the Church Library, and is open to anyone that wants to come and discuss, or listen to the discussion of the book slated for the month.  For July it is Truman by David McCullough. Well, the second half of the book; being such a monumentally large biography, we have chosen to split our discussion – and the book – into two parts. Since McCullough divides the book into six parts, we discussed his parts 1 to 3 last month, with parts 4 to 6 in July.

July 21 — The Harlem Globetrotter Experience

July 21 & 22 at 5pm & 7pm

As the official juice drink of the Harlem Globetrotters, TUM-e YUMMIES is excited to bring you the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Keep the fun going with the delicious fruity flavors of TUM-e YUMMIES available for purchase throughout the park.

During a 20-minute show performed twice each day near International Plaza, guests of all ages will be entertained by the Globetrotters ball-handling and shooting skills, crowd interaction, and unique brand of comedy.

Throughout their history that spans over nine decades, the Globetrotters have entertained more than 150 million guests, showcasing their vast array of talents in 122 countries on six continents.

The Globetrotters shows are included with Worlds of Fun admission.

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#284: Sweet Peace, the Gift of God’s Love

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


There comes to my heard one sweet strain A glad and a joyous refrain;

I sing it again and again — sweet peace, the gift of God’s love.


Peace, peace, sweep peace! Wonderful gift from above! (above!)

O wonderful, wonderful peace! sweet Peace, the gift of God’s love!


Thru Christ on the Cross peace was made, My debt by His death was all paid.

No other foundation is laid For peace, the gift of God’s love.



When Jesus as Lord I had crowned, My heart with this peace did abound;

In Him the rich blessing I found — Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love.



In Jesus for peace I abide, And as I keep close to his side,

There’s nothing but peace doth betide — Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love.



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Sabbatical Update: Launch to LibertyCon

Well, The Sabbatical is reaching a mid-point. No, we are still way before the quantitative half point. But we have reached a point where certain things are wrapping, and already the conclusion needs to be given serious consideration.

The house has been put into shape, but the end clean-up still needs to be done.  All the yard projects are underway, but need to be brought up to snuff and completed.  The rooms are all in livable condition, but there are a few  more ceilings and walls to be painted or touched up. The stuff that we moved to the basement for later return, donation, or trash, need to be sorted and thus cleared out.

The family is launched from their prior statuses into future moving ones. The daughter has her first job, the wife a new one, I a temporary one, and the boy is done with school. The wife needs to find what she wants to do after the season, same for the girl. The boy just needs to find work.  But the family has gotten to a stage we wondered if we would make it to when the Sabbatical began.

The seasonal work is good for me, gives me more structure. I now need to use the rest of the time with structure to push the job search through to completion.

But before that, this coming weekend is LibertyCon in Chattanooga.  We will be there to enjoy the topics, and the people, make new friends and enjoy old. Since this is our second year we are hoping it will be a sort of family reunion.

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Fitness Update: neatness and fitness

Well, this weekend the last of the current lost talents was found. The glasses are now safely in my possession again. And they were in a safe spot in the house, surrounded by too many other objects to be obviously noticed sooner.

The loss of the talents brought to focus for me the way various elements affect our intentions. The loss of the metric, how does it affect the bicycling? Well, I bicycle still, with less focus on the numbers, and more on the activity going on.



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#283: Yesterday, Today, Forever

Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


O how sweet the glorious message, Simple faith may claim:

Yesterday, today forever, Jesus is the same!

Still He loves to save the sinful, Heal the sick and lame,

Cheer the mourner, calm the tempest, Glory to His name!


Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same

All may change but Jesus never — glory to His name.

Glory to His name, glory to his name,

All may change but Jesus never, Glory to his name!


He who pardoned erring Peter Never need’st thou fear,

He who came to faithless Thomas All thy doubt will clear;

He who let the loved disciple On His bosom rest

Bids thee till, with love as tender, Lean upon His breast.



He who ‘mid the raging billows Walked upon the sea,

Still can hush our wildest tempest, As on Galilee;

He who wept and prayed in anguish In Gethsemane

Drinks with us each cup of trembling, In our agony.



As of old He walketh to Emmaus, With them to abide,

So thru all life’s way He walketh, Ever near our side,

Soon again shall we behold Him — Hasten, Lord the day”

But ’twill still be “this same Jesus,” As He went away,