• 2021

    Happy New Year!

    I seem to have disappeared according to the last entry. I had family issues that took up a lot of time and then 2020 began and COVID has certainly made life interesting.

    I recently heard from a group of families who read together and they asked if I could include some information in this site!

    While I am not actively updating this site (in fact I forgot about it with all the things happening), I am still here and you’re free to contact me with your suggestions for resources at elisaswann6 at gmail dot com.

    There are some books I started to read and summarize as well. If you have specific ones/topics of interest, let me know and I can let you know if there’s a good book I can recommend.

    I’ve also started updating art again, so you’ll notice a new link on the top right! You’re also free to engage me there via that site too 🙂

    Otherwise, stay safe and well!

  • Rebuilding

    A long time ago, I ran a million small sites for my fandoms at red-bird.org. I lost the domain while I tried to cope with a lot of things going on in life.

    Something is coming back, but what I’m not sure. I am no longer actively involved in art or quasi-commercial photography. Nor do I want to blog. But I do like to pursue knowledge and still have a mountain of books dedicated to esoterica related to the Meiji era and Japan.

    My first goal is to bring back “The Sword and The Chrysanthemum” (as Choshu Compendium).  Sadly my WordPress stuff is all either lost or broken, so I am doing some backtracking to get it back together. Once I have something back up I’ll likely begin reading books again and adding things to this site.

    Then I’ll begin adding out fandom things again related to the lovable rebels of the Ishin Shihi as well as sharing some limited photos of my travels.

    We shall see.