Duckford University is an elite group of crime-fighting philosophers who work to keep their oaths and always to leave the site cleaner than they found it. Guerilla social work and peace-planting would be on the group resume if we kept one.
Recent productions have featured Countess Aindrea MacCullaich , Comtesse AnneAliz du Bale, Earl Cathyn Fitzgerald , Mistress Helena the Fortunate, Master Balthazar Tigrerro, and a cadre of guest stars and cameos unparalleled in the history of teamwork.
What was once organized by Ælflæd of Duckford took on a life of its own.
People ask whether the Duckford gang is REALLY truly expected to be honest and good all the time. The answer is yes, but it's easier than it might seem, and we help each other. Not all steps are forward, but the direction is always forward.
Humility and Formality
Teaching as a Period Art
Not all period endeavors can be set out on a display table and examined. Teaching is such a study and practice.
Truth as a Basis for Living
Can people be truthful and not hurt others with it?
I think so. I've been working on doing it for years, and I find my children picking it up naturally.
I've chosen, kept and moved away from various people in my life based on their truthfulness, and the result after many years of such choices is that I am surrounded by trustworthy people. That makes life good.
Duckford University's Big Belief
EVERYONE SHOULD BE GOOD
My favorite book is ZEN LESSONS: The Art of Leadership from Shambhala Books. My copy was a birthday gift from Wendy/Aindrea when she was my student. I've had it for just a couple of years, and it's dog-eared, dog-bitten, written in and well loved. Here's a quote:
Nothing is more honorable than enlightenment, nothing is more beautiful than virtue. Those who have enlightened virtue have it even though they be ordinary people, while those who lack enlightened virtue lack it even though they be kings.
VIRTUESto consider when considering virtues:
Chastity and sobriety are not popular virtues, but practiced within the bounds of one's beliefs and in their greater and less literal/Christian meanings, they are very useful to consider. There are times and places for everything. It IS possible to harm others when being thoughtless about substances and sexual behaviors, and there are times when we need to be responsibly and alertly in the moment.
Of these virtues, honor (external) and integrity (internal) are made.
Through service the virtues are manifested.
The ultimate goal is probity.
It's hard to "list virtues" because some terms aren't virtue so much as they are personal traits and earned advantages. But the more we think and work with these concepts, the clearer they become in our minds and the more real they are in our lives and the lives we touch.
The SCA is a good place to practice virtues and courtesies which might find fewer applications in modern American life.
Websites of Respected Friends
Sir Raymond the Quiet was Cathyn's knight years ago and still a hero to Cathyn, Artan, Bohemond and lots of good people.
Sir Bohemond was Jarl Gunwaldt's squire, and he makes boots.
Duke Finnvarr is a philosopher and historian and one of Ælflæd's favorite advisors.
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