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Riverside, California

Riverside, California

In the heart of the Inland Empire is a city called “Riverside” as it is located alongside the Santa Ana River. It is the most populated city in the Inland Empire and Riverside County, becoming the county seat for the same named county it resides in. It is located 55 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and considered part of the Greater Los Angeles area being the 59th most populated city in the United States and the 12th most populated in California. The 2010 Census stated it having a population of 303,871 residents.

Riverside was founded around 1870 hosting the California citrus industry, expansion, and tourism. The area was originally inhabited by the Cahuilla and Serrano Native American peoples. In the late 1700’s white Westerners began moving in and early 1800’s saw large ranches being built by Bernardo Yorba and Juan Bandini. By the 1860’s Louis Prevost launched the California Silk Center Association – a short lived experiment in sericulture. After it failed, John W. North purchased some of the experimental lands and formed the Southern California Colony Association to promote the area’s development. By March of 1870 North distributed posters announcing the formation of a colony in California. Years later some naval orange trees were planted here and found great success that full scale planting began and the area was overrun with orchards.

Riverside is home to the Mission Inn – the largest Mission Revival style building in the United States as well as the Riverside National Cemetery. It is also home to the University of California Riverside branch. There is a notable Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, California Museum of Photography, California Citrus State Historic Park, the Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree, and a Drive-In theater.




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Riverside California downtown street mall

Pedestrian Street Mall of Riverside
~ Riverside, California ~

In downtown Riverside, California is a “Riverside Renaissance Project” that is currently going under a $10 million dollar renovation. It includes a Pedestrian Street Mall stretching along Main Street from 5th to 10th street. It was officially opened in 1966 and closed to motor vehicles invigorated by statues, art, and fountains. It is flanked by the City Hall and the Convention Center. It contains the historic Mission Inn and the Cesar Chavez Monument, as well as the Barbara and Art Culver Center for the Arts.

Rated: 3 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Cesar Chavez Memorial Statue

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Swift Water beads (Columbia, South Carolina)

Swift Water Beads
* 3104 Rosewood Dr * Columbia, SC 29205? * (803) 252-2020 *

If you live near or if you’re travelling through Rosewood Community in Columbia, South Carolina and are a crafter, artist, jeweller, hobbyist, or bead enthusiast … this is the store for you. A great selection of beads and treasures. I enjoy looking through their collections, beads, stones, gems, and supplies even though i’m currently not making jewelry. Good service, nice location, fabulous ambiance. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


Santa Fe, New Mexico


Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico’s fourth largest city (2012 census: 69,204 inhabitants), Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico. It is the oldest capital city in the U.S.A. and a Spanish Center of the American Southwest known for its art, culture, architecture, and scenery. Originally named La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis for the “Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi”. The term “Santa Fe” means “holy faith”. The region was originally inhabited by Puebloan Indian villages dating from 1050 CE to 1150 CE as migrants from the Four Corners area, and their original Anasazi roots of Mesa Verde, Salmon, Aztec, and Chaco Canyon. The earliest known settlement began in downtown Santa Fe around 900 C.E. in the center of what is now present day Santa Fe. Clusters of homes were built around the central Plaza spreading a half a mile to the south and west called Ogapoge fed by the Santa Fe River that came through the area. The Spanish settler Don Juan de Onate began colonizing the area in 1598 CE establishing Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico as a province of New Spain. New Mexico’s second Spanish Governor Don Pedro de Peralta founded a new city at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in 1607 CE called La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de san Francisco de Asis as the Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi making it the capital of the province and the oldest state capital for what is now the United States. It was eventually abandoned due to Indian raids on and off through time so was never continuously occupied. Santa Fe became America’s third oldest surviving U.S. city in the 50 states founded by European colonists behind St. Augustine in 1565. The Native peoples drove the Spaniards out of the area from 1680-1692 CE during the Pueblo Revolt, until reconquerred by Don Diego de Vargas. During the Mexican War of Independence in 1810 Spanish settlement began to seed again. Once in American hands, the area was fought over by various regions of the United States, with the Republic of Texas claiming it as part of its western portions of its state when it seceded from Mexico in 1836. A military and tradition expedition set out from Austin, Texas with sights on gaining control all areas of the santa Fe Trail they called the Santa Fe Expedition, but was squashed and captured by the Mexican Army. The U.S. declared war on Mexico in 1846 CE with Santa Fe being claim as the New Mexico Territory of the United States centered in santa Fe. By 1848 CE, the U.S. officially gained New Mexico through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The area fell under the control of Jean Baptiste Lamy in 1851 C.E. when he became Bishop of the New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado – spreading Catholicism and making it a religious center the that path until his death in 1888 CE. Catholicism since then took a stronghold of the region being the largest faith support by the local populations. The Civil War took its toll on the area, with the Confederates pushed out by Union Troops in 1862 C.E. Once the railways came through the area, tourists and settlers set up roots in the area but was later bypassed by the rails leading to a gradual economic decline. Santa Fe took a quick lift after the arts and archaeology made the area known, especially with the School of American Research in 1907 CE, and the creation of arts, architecture, pottery, and unique artistic designs. When New Mexico became the 47th state in the U.S. (1912 CE), Santa Fe was deemed Capital of New Mexico.

Today Santa Fe is well known for its art, architecture, design, technology, culture, archaeology, and history. It has become a major tourist location as such making it a thriving cultural pilgrimage location.



Pirate Relief’s “Project Gypsy”

Pirate Relief’s: Project Gypsy
* Piraterelief.com *

Pirate Relief is a Non-Profit Arts Project and celebrating the “Living Myth” by bringing the Arts, Sciences, and Legends to Life … uplifting spirits, hope, and dreams while sharing what gifts, aid, relief, and support we have to offer to those struggling from a coastal natural disaster or tackling damages done to the environment and waterways. Pirate Relief is a not-for-profit project that is fashioning a dream to create a fleet of historical replica pirate ships that we will sail the seven seas with – providing entertainment, fun, history, relief, and assistance to communities in need. We want to be there in times of crisis, whether natural disaster or ecological catastrophe to help out in any way we can – by uplifting spirit with our entertaining crew of artists, storytellers, dancers, fire spinners, and performers; to providing donated food, water, assistance, and relief – helping hands for cleanup, wildlife care, rehabilitation, medical assistance, historic & environmental preservation, integrating methods of sustainability actions, and/or by any other means that we have to help with. When there are no disasters or need within our reach, then we plan to entertain local communities by preserving folklore by process of dissemination as well as promoting the Living Myth with the arts, music, history, storytelling, and a sense of adventure. When our dreams become fulfilled, we hope to have onboard pirate museums, lectures, shows, and tours. From Disaster Relief to Comic Relief, we plan to make a life of it on the sea. Our roving bands of talent may bounce back and forth from land to sea to uplift spirit, help in time of need, spread ecological awareness/assistance, sustainability, and ecological/historic preservation. We have several projects or phases to work on to achieve all of this. We hope to achieve our first Galleon by no later than 2015.

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The Tree Leaves Oracle & Folk Fellowship

The Tree Leaves’ Oracle and Folk Fellowship
* www.treeleavesoracle.org * 1991 – Present * Livejournal Community * Facebook Group *

Founded in 1991 as an underground Neo-Pagan newsletter, evolving into an arts and crafts wandering business, “Tree Leaves” eventually mutated into a cooperative / collective of folk enthusiasts, folklorists, artists, musicians, religionists, and culturalists who seek to preserve folk and tree lore, culture, ways, religion, art, music, and beliefs. As a cooperative, members network together, share ideas, theories, concepts, art, techniques, and lore to help one another preserve traditions, knowledge, and beliefs that have been generated in the past, present, and future. Tree Leaves sprouted from an entity known as “The Tree Leaves’ Oracle”. (The Tree Leaves’ Oracle started as a community newsletter and grew into a journal. It became an organization, a store, a company, and was reduced back to a journal offered by the Folk Fellowship to it’s membership. From 2007-2008 it became a faerie and art store in historic Manitou Springs, Colorado.)

When “The Tree Leaves’ Oracle” started out as a Tallahassee Florida publication in 1991 it very quickly shifted into a nomadic arts/crafts/oils/ and herbal sachets nomadic peddling business founded at the Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon that same year. In 1993 a not-for-profit special-interest group was formed for the study of folklore and the offering of folk artist networking as a avenue for drum circles, talent shows, classes, and discussion groups. This special-interest group became known as “The Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship”. Tree Leaves soon took off on it’s own and escaped the financial support of “The Tree Leaves’ Oracle”. In fact, as the “The Tree Leaves Oracle, Inc.” collapsed as a corporation, the Folk Fellowship was still holding activities and networking several hundred enthusiasts of folk culture (and a membership base of a couple hundred). The Tree Leaves Folk Fellowship was officially born and founded as a separate entity in November of 1995 with conceptual activities sprouting in 1994. Through membership dues and support, the fellowship offered it’s collective a bi-annual journal called The “Tree Leaves’ Oracle”, a quarterly newsletter known as “Tree Talk”, an annual membership directory, a web site, and a board of Directors and volunteers who actively organized activities, events, and question/answer support for those seeking answers about folk culture. Because of difficulties with volunteer support, The Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship closed it’s person-to-person activities and community support on September 1st of 1998. By October 1, 1998 Tree Leaves had mutated into a internet organization that operated on a strictly cyber-basis. (although Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship forest groups still held activities in their local areas) The official organization stopped holding events, printing paper publications, and no longer offered telephone or person-to-person guidance & support. After careful consideration of the expenses involved in becoming a non-profit tax-exempt organization, Tree Leaves decided to remain not-for-profit and allow other organizations to donate support and funding for it’s operation and existence. The journal, website and former newsletters were shortly made available for free online. Their folk journal is sporadically still published online for free viewing by anyone with internet access. From 1998 to 2000, Tree Leaves was adopted by the research and design firm known as “Leafworks, Inc.” (a company now defunct). From the death of Leafworks, Tree Leaves operated under the wings of Wandering Leaf Designs. Reproduction of all cyber published materials was available for a nominal printing or reproduction cost through copyright held by Wandering Leaf, LLC. (now defunct)

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Pirate Relief

Pirate Relief
www.piraterelief.com * Facebook *

Imagined by Captain Leaf McGowan in May 2010 as a dream, the ghostly ship didn’t manifest into conceptualization until June 2010 as he was to embark across the “Great Pond” to England. He posted the concept on facebook and expected to be laughed at but was greatly supported and encouraged to have the ship set sail. Investigations into the idea, networking, and fundraising took effect immediately as a crew of over 20 committed individuals enthusiastically climbed on board. At this stage, the group is planting the seed to make the project a reality. The crew and project has a facebook group and a web site with several projects being set into motion.

Pirate Relief is a roving band of pirates, gypsies, artists, musicians, environmentalists, scientists, & relief volunteers who are striving to bring together a fleet of tall sailing ships to sail the seven seas to ports around the world – sharing art, music, drama, theater, folklore, performance, storytelling, history, & culture to those they encounter. They are setting out to share the wealth of the Living Myth. When able to assist in coastal disaster areas – they plan to set into port to uplift the spirits of those who had their lives affected – bringing back hope to the hopeless, guidance to the lost, and insight to the inquisitive … sharing whatever resources they have on board or the crew has to offer – whether uplift of spirit through entertainment, stories of hope, supplies, medical aid, arts, education, inspiration, or a helping hand. They are also working on environmental projects to assist in ecological tragedy by approaching areas affected such as the Gulf oil spill, the Pacific Trash Island, and how to address pollution issues with our waterways. They are targeting our concerns by embracing ecological and sustainability ideas for a new approach to living, caring for the environment, mobility, and keeping culture, arts, & sciences alive. “Through Storytelling and the Arts – The Living Myth shall live on! “ Their PDF Brochure can be downloaded Here. By the return of Captain Leaf McGowan from England, the crew was soon involved in Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon and Brethren Con 2010 in Denver, Colorado presenting a presence to share about the legacy and visions of the project. Still in its infancy, the captain is soon to set sail on a historic vessel to learn the ropes at sailing a tall ship, investigating the foundations of what will need to be accomplished to make this dream a reality.

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Faerieworlds Winter 2010 Market (1/30/10 – Eugene, Oregon)

Faerieworlds Winter 2010 Market

Faerieworlds Winter Celebration Market 2010
* January 30th, 2010 * Lane Center * Faerieworlds Winter 2010 * Eugene, Oregon *
Out of the two days of the Faerie Market, I was only able to do Saturday as I had a flight out of Portland on Sunday. Alot of the wonderful Faerie vendors one have come to know from Faerieworlds Summer were there, with I imagine a few new ones. Great art, clothes, jewelry, crafts, and gifts. I’ll be honest though, I’m not a fan of faerie arts being indoors … and while its understandable for winter (rain outside even on this date) and it was aimed for large attendance, having it at the fairgrounds exhibit hall / auditorium was just too “boxy” and hard to absorb the energy. Good bands and performances, but very few danced. There was a great kids activity center, and workshops amass, but unless you were focused on a shopping spree, it didn’t hold entertainment very long. Very little in the food and drink department too … they certainly should have had more food vendors and entertainment mixed around the marketplace. Its evolving I understand … so I look forward to its next evolution cycle. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Kids Activity Center

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Martine Fassier

Martine Fassier

Gallery at Trolls et Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium: 4/11/09 – 4/12/09


Another amazing artist, Martine got her degree in arts and crafts, moving over to graphic arts, and finally illustration. She’s well known for her calligraphy, drawing, and photography. She gains her inspiration from ancient myths and folklore, cinema, and childhood tales. She primarily does book and postcard illustrations, exhibitions, and festivals, but soon to release a book of illustrated fables. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


Berlin and Berliners …

Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98) – March 27, 2007.

Berlin & Berliners …
The key to Berlin – is old and new – to be a Berliner, is for anyone who arrives and remains there. Karl Friedrich Schinkel, one of the most influential individuals in shaping the city, was born in Neuruppin (Brandenburg) is considered a Berliner since he’s buried there and the city’s cemeteries are the final arbiters of who belongs there. Ulm born singer and actress Hildegard Knef is another famous Berliner. “Once a Berliner, always a Berliner”. Or so they say. Even John F. Kennedy was seen as a Berliner by choice (even though the Members of the Federal Parliament are forced to be Berliners on June 20, 1991 when they were forced to move from Bonn to Berlin). World tales of many suffering homesickness for the city, even to the extremes of a young man who hijacked a plane from Istanbul to Berlin, just because he wanted to come home. Tales of Berliners being brash and lacking in taste could also be interpreted as being quick-witted and independent. The city is a fabulous smorgasboard of culture, art, music, museums, history, imposing buildings, elegant shops, and notorious events: Some of the most famous are Bus Route 100, Boat Trips, Museums as Theatre, Fabulous Monuments, The Berlin Wall, Over 3,000 culutral events every day, Colonnades of the Alte Nationalgalerie, the former GDR state bank, Wings for the Imagination, the Neukolln Opera, High and Fringe Culture, Carnival of Cultures, Summer Nights in the Open-Air Arena, Battle of the Cockroaches, and the notorious Bear-O-Mania. Of course, my trip to Berlin, did not consist of a single highlight above as most guides advertise … as I found my adventures a little more off the tourist trekk ( though I did imbibe in some of the hotspots) as I explored this “Island in the Red Sea.”- See, Berlin at the end of WWII was divided by the former Soviet Union and the Allies (Britain, France, and the USA) to a division of the German Reich and Berlin into four occupation zones …and the Soviets made their own plans different from the Allies. The west was surrounded by the Soviet zone and under Allied control. After the six-power conference in London, the Allies decided to reconstruct their zones while the Soviets withdrew cooperation in March 1948 – when they blocked all land access to West Berlin in June that same year.


The mayor and governor organized an airlift for 11 months to take care of the 2.5 million people in West Berlin who were supplied with all the necessities of life – from coal to toilet paper to the Tempelhof airport. In 1950 financial aid brought this ‘front line city’ billions in subsidies and tax concessions – spent of renewed splendour, new districts, department stores, dance halls, film festivals, museums, and art – all to show West Berlin’s will to survive as a self-governing entity and was knicknamed “Shop Window of the West.” 1952 – the GDR leaders in the East severed all telephone lines between East and West and by 1953 they shut down all the bus and tram links between the two areas. Berliners had to walk, using the still-open sector border crossings, the U-Bahn or S-Bahn. June 1953 East Berlin workers staged an uprising against the raising of production norms – which took the lives of 21 people and 187 injured, now celebrated as Tag der Deutschen Einheit (day of German unity). 1961 – 2.7 million people fled from the East to the enticing ‘Golden West’ resulting in the closing of the Soviet zone borders and the Building of the Berlin wall – making Berlin an island in the “red sea”. You can see the history in Berlin’s architecture.


The architecture represents the spirit of the times as the Cold War was fought with trowels and mortar. From pre-WWII when there was only 1 Berlin – it was typically Classical – drawing on mixtures of Neo-baroque and neo-classicism and mocked as “Parvenupolis” with some traces of Expressionism. The Cold War brought on a war of the architects after the city was partitioned – as the East set up a “Competition for Berlin the Capital City” architectural race. Soviet neo-classicism combined with elements drawn from Schinkel – massive housing blocks in wedding-cake style rose out of the rubble on both sides. 1956-1957 the “Interbau” – International architects were commissioned to erect, on the edges of Tiergarten, visible evidence of the ‘forward looking city’. Modern styles of Walter Gropius, Alvar Aalto, Egon Eiermann, Bruno Taut were influential in the Hansaviertel district. 1961-1966 the Springer publishing firm built its 19 story skyscraper on Kochstrasse in Kreuzberg holding a view to the other side – getting a reaction from the East in 1972-1977 on Leipziger Strasse – four identical blocks, 25 storeys high, with 11 storey connecting blocks to obscure the publishing house. The Europa-Center on Tauentzien was the first high rise block in West Berlin (1963-1965) as a 22 story building clad with steel and glass holding an ice rink, restaurants, 100 shoppes, became a new shopping experience. Until 1991 the residence of the Senator for Culture was placed here. The 14 m (46′) high Mercedes star signalled to the East the strength of capitalism. The competition of the East and West can be seen all throughout the city – duplication of zoos, operas, museums, concert halls, observatories, theaters, etc. all showing to each other that they didn’t need one another. After the Fall of the Wall, Berlin became a magnet for architects with bold new designs bombarding the city.

Berlin is a young city, not yet 800 years old – it occupies an area of 892 sq km (344 square miles) and the division of East and West no longer exists. There are 190 km (120 miles) of waterway and almost 2,000 bridges in Berlin making Berlin a “waterside city” giving rise to many houseboats and floating homes. Ref: AAA Spiral Guide to Berlin

Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98) – March 27, 2007. LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian – the Prince of Endurance. Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/. To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.

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