Not for a display table.
I've been thinking of this question all week and wanted to answer before
the Monday Challenge #4 arrives.
Gunwaldt put more shelves in the library and I've been rearranging books,
some of which have brought to mind some mid-period (truly medieval, not
Renaissance) music I have, with the help of others over the years,
reconstituted, back to life, in the air. That is ultra period. I found a
couple pieces I would like to do, maybe in inter-group fashion, before
Christmas if any of you are interested.
That's not my answer, though.
In mid week, I was planning to say that I find and buy used stuff which has
the appearance of "ultra period" (but is mundanely just stuff), and which
is truly useful, and I give it to people. And that is period--giving gifts
to people who have served me, or people who have impressed me with a story
or an act of courtesy when they thought they had no audience. And by
sharing the things I find, I get to shop (which is DAMNED period) without
having to keep every cool thing I buy.
But that's not my answer.
What I want to submit as the ultra period thing I do is this: I teach. By a
period method called "disputatio" I help people discover and clarify their
beliefs. I lead and nudge them toward awareness of their abilities, of
their faults, of their duty and of the power of their positions, in various
cases and combinations, as appropriate to the person.
Sometimes this involves only my formal students. Sometimes someone will
come to me with a limited, particular problem, wanting help with a
situation. It happened this week. It will probably happen next week. When
possible, I try to help them see how they had the answer already, instead
of 'gifting' them with an answer from me, and leaving them needing to come
back the next time. There might not always be a next time.
One of my favorite members of [the Order of the Laurel, in the Outlands] is Mistress Richenza, who was
elevated without travelling because she was employed in the boonies caring
for an elderly rancher and couldn't leave for a weekend. But she was
teaching more and better than many others. Her attitude was good, her
costumes impeccable, her energy was like a big light, and this could happen
again someday, so let's not make policies that could tie our own hands.
I found myself teaching lately without lifting a finger. Aindrea made fifty
copies of Feasthall Ballads (tape and book) and has sold and given away half
of them already. The feedback has been really good, but I did that project a
dozen years or more ago.
Bright Ideas and True Confessions was an obscure publication with a small but
enthusiastic following, but now it's a website. (
/ideas/brightideas ) People are still learning from it,
and I still get feedback and thank-you notes.
I still use and photocopy for other people some of Mistress Rodema's
calligraphy handouts, and Mistress Monika's lefthanded calligraphy handout,
and Mistress Eowyn Amberdrake's one-page version of "Interlacing Without
People can teach without being there. Some of us learn from period
dead-people pretty regularly.
It's not the only way, and not always the best way, but publication is a
legitimate and period method of service, instruction and the passing on of
one's art and research.