Posting these to remember….
Second Billy Idol video
First Billy Idol video
SCA Unofficial Stay-At-Home Dance Challenge
All the data in my previous post is still valid. The following dashboards offer many different perspectives on the same data. You as the user can dig into a high list of options for how you want to filter and view that data.
Again, be careful how much time you spend looking at this stuff. Take a break when you need to.
ESRI – All Hazards Consortium https://ahc-covid19-ahc.hub.arcgis.com/
Map including state level restrictions compilation: https://early-alert.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/b4cff3aa546947e4812a233459b0b514
My credentials: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laraccoutinho/
Guidance regarding behavior must be backed up by hard data. Otherwise, your actions may be a waste of time or actively damaging. My previous blog post offered hard data sources for COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) cases worldwide (COVID-19). This blog post offers some additional guidance based on data compiled by sources I recommend as the most reliable we have.
For those folks struggling with where to find reliable data, and the interpretation of data that provides us guidelines, I recommend the following:
https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses – The World Health Organization (WHO) is the international gold standard for health related information.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html – The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers American focused guidance. This page offers an FAQ.
https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control – FEMA now has a rumor control FAQ.
One aspect of this crisis I have yet to find reliable data on is regarding how much one needs to clean the groceries when bringing them into the house. This is unclear because we have little data regarding how long this coronavirus survives on surfaces.
Remember, this is “Novel Coronavirus” which is a new thing never seen before. Data on other coronaviruses shows that they can live on surfaces for as long as a few days. This is what the WHO has to say about the topic:
“It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.”
My credentials: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laraccoutinho/
I work as a Senior Knowledge Manager for Booz Allen Hamilton in support of the All Partners Access Network – www.APAN.org within the Unclassified Information Sharing program of U.S. DoD.
In plain English, my day job is managing unclassified information so users worldwide can get the information they need, when they need it, to make informed decisions.
For more detail, see my LinkedIn profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laraccoutinho/
Class descriptions, click this link to see the whole spreadsheet including Class Title, Category, Description, and link to handout: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AwDfNt4MqBHF92c034JNBUzJnjoSO1MjwSgL9LyDw78/edit?fbclid=IwAR27p9lNMg7m6JVfElzvQ6phL9LfZUIhXm-VP12FL3ODs0ftJk5iKhXaLgk#gid=259707801
Handouts are available in this *View Only* but public sharing folder on Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B-ta6p8JkuHPR28yNWJCUE9XMzQ?usp=sharing Let me know if you have trouble downloading.
This is my performance schedule for Commedia, Shakespeare, and improv for 2020. Subject to change, but this looks very likely to be it. If you want to join in my fun, please do! My email is at the bottom!
1) March 7 – Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival – https://raerosado.wixsite.com/
The autocrat approved a 30 minute performance time for “Shakespeare in Germany” which is 90% i Firenzi people anyway, so I’m calling it “I Firenzi and Friends”. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO is welcome to join in and perform a Shakespeare monologue or short scene. If we need more stage time, we can probably get it, but that is not guaranteed since it needs review and approval by the Autocrat.
2) April 18 & 19 – Festival of Legends – http://festivaloflegends.
i Frienzi will again present fun and silliness of commedia at this local fantasy fest at Optimist Farm.
3) April 25 – Gawain and the Green Knight event – http://atlantia.sca.org/137-
We decided, so far, to present the commedia show that we develop for Festival of Legends AND some Shakespeare scenes, AND a Who’s Line Doth It Be Anyway show! ALL OF IT! If you want to join in our fun, please let me know!
4) May 31 – North Carolina Museum of Art Ren Faire & Barony of Windmasters’ Hill DEMO – https://www.facebook.com/
Our own Isabella is running this big demo, and i Firenzi is expecting and expected to do something. What we’re doing is unclear. But it’s on my calendar.
5) June 27 – Known World Theater Arts Symposium
YES YOU SAW THE DATE AS JUNE 27! NOT JUNE 20! THE DATE CHANGED SOMETIME IN DECEMBER AND WE ARE WORKING ON AN INFORMATION CORRECTION EFFORT!
If you want to do COMMEDIA or SHAKESPEARE with me at this event, please let me know!
6) July 25-August 9 – PENNSIC! Again, I’m running the Commedia All Stars, and it’s my 20th Anniversary of doing commedia. Yes, I’ve been studying, producing, promoting, teaching, and performing commedia for 20 years now. PLEASE let me know if you are coming to Pennsic and want to do commedia with me! (I can also give you suggestions on how to do commedia at Pennsic WITHOUT me if you want. 😉
7) September 26 – Midnight At The Oasis (MATO)
This is an old event The Canton of Nimenfeld put on at Optimist Farm that used to be fun years ago. Sir Alain is resurrecting it. Performing Arts is on their list, but specifics are TBD.
8) October 16-18 – War Of the Wings (WOW)
On Friday night, October 16, I hope to again do our traditional Naughty Show.
9) November 14 – Buckston Birthday
No idea what to do, but it’s local and friends run the event. It’s an opportunity for fun. I *think* this year’s theme is Alice In Wonderland. 🙂
10) December 5 – Unevent. No performing, but the business of drumming up support for performers is always done here, so I’ll be there.
I will be adding in some opportunities to do IMPROV COMEDY and audition new non-SCA folks for i Firenzi. My goals for 2020 include broadening my scope for playing myself and finding new friends who *genuinely* enjoy the same fun that I do. If you want to come play with me, please let me know. Email is best “orangesophie” AT gmail.
(For conflicts between two people – not heraldry)
By Lara Coutinho-Dean (SCA: Baroness Sophia the Orange)
This blog post introduces my class on my Conflict Resolution Starter Kit. I have been teaching this class since mid-2017 in the SCA. I have practiced this method of resolving conflicts between people for 20+ years as part of my participation in the Woman Within program. To share this method as a class, I added perspective from a respected business leadership organization, “The Conscious Leadership Group” and a respected book “Critical Conversations” by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler.
Why listen to me? I have some training and 20+ years of experience in support groups. I’m not a professional mental health practitioner. I am an enthusiastic amateur. I care deeply about the emotional suffering people go through, and I have had some success myself in healing my own emotional wounds. I have witnessed many more people also heal their own emotional wounds, so I believe 100% that healing can be achieved. Teaching this very basic method of resolving personal conflicts is a small but effective tool that can help emotional healing, so I strive to share it as best I can.
The primary group I volunteer with is the Woman Within International organization (www.womanwithin.org) and its brother organization the ManKind Project (https://mkp.org). My parents both helped to create the chapters of these organizations in Indianapolis in the early 1990’s. My sister and husband are both active participants. Many of my dearest friends were found in these groups. These groups create safe spaces, training opportunities, and communities of people dedicated to personal emotional growth. If you’d like to know more, please ask me.
I have been a Woman Within member since February 1999 and an Empowerment Circles member since 1999. I have co-created three Empowerment Circles in Indianapolis, IN, Fairfax, VA, and Raleigh, NC.
Woman Within workshops that have provided me training include: Woman Within Training Weekend, Women Empowering Women, Circle Intensive Training, Women In Leadership, Money Shadow, Warrior Monk, Shadow Work (multiple workshops), Woman Within Archetypes & Wholeness workshop, Woman Within Staff Training; 12 workshops serving as staff for Woman Within Training Weekend (roles served: Nurturer, Rituals, Music, Regional Informational Meeting manager), and I often serve as a local Homecoming Ceremony Leader.
Why does a conflict resolution method matter?
The new SCA Bully Policy published in 2017 raised my own awareness of the need for this skill set to be taught more in the SCA community. The relevant policy is in this version of the SCA Organizational Handbook updated August 12, 2018 at this link: https://www.sca.org/docs/pdf/govdocs.pdf
The process for Grievances and Sanction is in Section X of the SCA Organizational Handbook. Section A is General, Section B is Grievances. Part 1 is Principles and part 2 is Procedures. The following is an excerpt:
This very first step described in this handbook is critical. It can feel overwhelming to go back and talk to someone you’ve just had a conflict with. In many circumstances, one conversation can really clear up a conflict, and this is where one could use my Conflict Resolution Starter Kit. This conversation remains informal and outside the official reporting chain of SCA Officers. I offer that officers could use this method in formally mediated conversations deeper into the complaint resolution process if they choose. My class is 100% unofficial and not approved by any SCA entity. This is just one method of holding a conversation that I suggest could help in a heavily charged emotional situation.
Anyone can use it at any time. Seasonal holidays and family gatherings are times when conflicts can be eased by using tools like this.
Specifically for the SCA community: In all kingdoms, very strong recommendations exist for at least one attempt at a personal one-on-one conversation to resolve conflicts before reporting a conflict to an officer. This method is useful for the day-to-day interactions between SCA participants that commonly create conflict. This method is NOT intended for sexual harassment, hate crimes, bigotry, and other severe offenses. This method is intended for friends and friendly acquaintances working together in our SCA community to work together more smoothly.
This method does rely on some expectations that need to be shared by both parties:
It is critical that you, if you are initiating this resolution conversation, take time to figure yourself out first. Consider seriously what you need in this relationship. What do you need to remove this “pebble in your shoe?” Here are some possible ways to describe what you need:
You cannot control the other person, but you can ask for change. Asking makes it possible for your relationship to change for the better. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know. If you get an answer of “No”, then at least you know where you stand. You can make choices about how you interact with the other person from a more knowledgeable perspective in the future.
This method is a tool, not a magic potion. It will take some work on the part of both parties to use the tool to clear up the junk between them. It will take some work for each individual to figure out what they need, ask for what they need, accept the response, and then move on and let go.
This technique is a place to start. It may be all you need or it may be a door into the next step. That could be a long journey. It is, however, a very good place to start when you feel overwhelmed.
Please read my class handout available at this link (https://drive.google.com/open?id=15N7X8muROKKJjF-5gTH2UwHy4BuVuxqkHN4N0Y6lV2E ) , watch the Conscious Leadership Group’s video (https://conscious.is/video/how-to-use-the-clearing-model) , and explore more from the web pages at:
I am teaching this class online for the first time on December 17, 2019 at 8:00pm using Zoom.us for an online conference room. You can join in via your home computer, smartphone, or call in via regular phone for an audio-only experience. Please use the following links and numbers:
Join Zoom Meeting
Dial by phone for audio only
+1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 466 668 444
If you would like to know the next time I am going to teach this class, in person or online, please email me at orangesophie AT gmail DOT com.
Thank you and good luck out there,
Lara Coutinho-Dean / Baroness Sophia the Orange
Today, the announcements went out in the form of a Baronial Newsletter supplement including the Letters of Intent for all the folks volunteering to be candidates for the positions of Baron and Baroness of Windmasters’ Hill.
That includes us! We did it three years ago, and we are volunteering again.
Our letter of intent is posted on our website here: https://www.scottandlara.com/windmastershill/
We also added a supplement page with the questions posed to us three years ago by Master Gaston, Master Geoffrey, and Mistress Michel. We included a few updates based on the past three years of additional perspective: https://www.scottandlara.com/baronagequestionsanswered/
Our contact information is included in our Letter of Intent in case anyone has questions, comments, or encouragement for us.
I’m working hard at created more healthy balance in my life. That means making time for more activities that feed my soul and heal my body. My health has deteriorated leading up to my 45th birthday this summer, so my time management must shift towards self care on all levels. Hence, careful selection of SCA events to attend.
Here’s my SCA event list for 2018+ where I hope to see my friends and perform some Commedia or dance or something:
June 16- Summer Atlantia University
June 23- Return To Crecy
June 30- Performers Revel South
July 29-Aug 11- Pennsic
September 15- Fall Atlantia University
September 21-23- Known World Commedia Symposium
October 19-21- War of the Wings
November 17- Buckston Birthday
December 1- Unevent
March 2019 and forward – TBD. KASF depends on where it’s held.
If it’s not on this list, and it’s an SCA event, I won’t be there.
I *am* looking for events to attend in the world of improvisational acting and Shakespeare experiences. These hobbies feed my soul and I need more of them.
At Pennsic 43 (2014), I created the first production of the Commedia All Stars troupe at Pennsic. It was a significant experiment. My goal was to gather anyone who wanted to play commedia at Pennsic and produce a Commedia dell’ Arte play entirely *at* Pennsic. No rehearsal ahead of time. The goal was to see if we could do it.
I did get a lot of help.
We gathered 18 players from 4 different kingdoms and 7 different commedia troupes!
It took a lot of work.
The folks that created that first All Stars production were all gambling that it would be successful. We had no guarantee we’d be able to have fun as well as produce a high-quality commedia dell’ arte play. And it had to be funny. It’s no fun if the audience isn’t laughing.
We did succeed! You can see the result on this You Tube video: https://youtu.be/sXf1abi2zok Watch until the end to see the long list of credits!
That first scenario was titled “The Power of Negative Thinking” written by Lady Luceta di Cosimo of I Genisii. Luceta went on to write all the following All Stars scenarios:
All the videos can be seen on this page: https://www.ifirenzi.com/pennsic-commedia-all-stars/
As we have developed the All Stars program over the past 4 years, we have grown. All the participants in the All Stars troupe are also contributing to spreading commedia by teaching, running more commedia at home, or publishing written works on commedia. This group exists for more than just doing commedia for fun. We support the expansion of commedia by modeling excellence in commedia and helping others learn commedia too.
The name “All Stars” began as 100% marketing. I was making a significant gamble that first year trying to create a Pennsic-only commedia troupe, so I used every tool in my toolbox, including branding. Of all the possible names, “All Stars” was the most catchy and attention getting. Other possible names considered include the following:
The name “All Stars” has taken on additional meaning over the years. This troupe is not populated by the most talented, ranked, vetted, or perfected Commedia players in the world. This troupe is populated by the most teamwork-oriented players that can be gathered at Pennsic. Each one of the players in All Stars is a uniquely contributing member who also supports their fellow commedia players. They also take on the extra task of supporting commedia by teaching, running, or writing about commedia. They do more than just let the Capocomico take them on a ride of fun. They all pitch in, give back, and support each other. Each one of the All Stars players is a star in their own right but part of a team. There are no divas that float above the rest. Every single person’s contribution is part of a magnificent collaboration. That’s what makes this group All Stars.
This year, 2018, I am stretching again and using online auditions to get a head start on seeing the players in action. We’re also going to have some online rehearsals using Zoom conference calls. This year’s scenario writing is underway with the magnificent Honorable Lady Luceta di Cosimo, and auditions will begin soon.
This year, rehearsals are moving from the Pennsic Amphitheater to the Atlantia Royal Encampment. The Pennsic Performing Arts program has grown so much that the huge chunk of time that All Stars needs for rehearsal just wasn’t practical to keep in the Amphitheater. So, the current Majesties of my beloved Atlantia, Detrich and Una, granted us permission to set up a rehearsal tent in Atlantia Royal camp for Commedia All Stars. Thanks again to their most magnanimous Majesties of Atlantia! Vivant! (Thanks also to Detrich’s squire Carrick for working out the logistics with me!)
This year, rehearsals will be carefully scheduled in order to allow players to also participate in the fencing activities during the day. (There is a mysterious connection between commedia and SCA rapier fighting that has yet to be understood.) We have a 3 hour block for rehearsals between 9:00am – 12:00noon. Each player will be expected to be there during 2 of those hours depending on their role. Some will be there from 9:00 – 11:00 and some will be there from 10:00 – 12:00. This is intended to reduce the amount of time each player is sitting around waiting for their turn to rehearse as well as allow more flexibility for players to participate in other Pennsic activities. The exact schedule will be determined after auditions and casting. Rehearsals are still a total of 6 Pennsic days: Middle Saturday through and including War Thursday. The show is War Thursday night, 9:30pm, at the Performing Arts Tent.
If you’re interested in auditioning for the Commedia All Stars troupe 2018, please email me via orangesophie AT gmail DOT com and let me know what kind of role you’d like to play. I’ll also ask you how you’d like to contribute back to the commedia community: teaching, directing, or publishing. I will be asking you to fill out this form to kick off the process: https://goo.gl/forms/ShKEgBpfiDJcm7Ac2
This project could not be as much fun and as successful as it has been without the significant support of two amazing people: Luceta di Cosimo and Manus MacDhai. Luceta not only writes all our scenarios but she also has helped me research period commedia deeply and repeatedly. She’s incredible at helping me understand the sources we have to figure out what commedia was like in the 16th century. Manus is my beloved husband who has neglected his rose garden way too often to come play commedia with me. He is the Logistics & Technical Manager for our marriage and our commedia troupes. I couldn’t make commedia happen without him. So, I publicly thank Luceta and Manus for their unique and critical contributions to the All Stars troupe!
Additional loving thanks go to members of the i Sebastiani troupe who have served as coaches for All Stars over the years: Master Anton of Winteroak, Mistress Rhonwen ap Glonwy, Master Frtiz, and Lord Harold Longfellow. Super huge thanks also to Duke Steffan Glaube of Lochac for priceless directing assistance! We have also benefited from classes taught by Lady Katrusha and Lord Tristan, so thanks to them too!
A final thank you to the audiences that come to the All Stars shows at Pennsic! Without an audience, it would just be another rehearsal!
With mountains of gratitude,
Baroness Sophia the Orange
Founder and Capocomico of the All Stars Commedia Troupe