There is no greater joy for me than learning new interesting information and passing it on to others who might enjoy it.
This has led to a lot of my teaching in the SCA. My excitement about sharing lots and lots of information tends to lead to my running on when I try to get ALL the fun stuff into a handout. This has led to booklets that I have to ask for compensation for the printing costs, but I still want to have a one or two page handout I can afford to share in the class for free.
The short flyers I’m sorting into this section and the “booklets” into the handouts section. This is somewhat arbitrary, and both are free to download, although I would appreciate it if you don’t present large parts as your own writing (this is a gentle poke at high school students with a looming deadline).
I seriously dislike presentations where the verbal content is the same as the written material. I also have a hard time remembering names, dates and sources where I found any facts, so my compromise is to try to put the fun and interesting bits in the presentation, and get the important facts in the free handouts.
I always try to let people know in the presentations when something I’m sharing is a personal theory, or a fun but possibly dubious story. Still, I have noticed in my decades of study that even “facts” seem to change as new information comes to light. I remember seeing a beautifully drawn image of some Anglo-Saxon “crowns” in a 19th century book, which turn out to be fittings from a bucket decorated with triangular projections. We should celebrate both their attempts and our increasing knowledge and understanding. So I recognize that I may be promulgating misinformation; please let me know if you find any.
Also, the older I get, the more I come to appreciate good footnoting, and wish that I’d used it all along, which I most certainly did not. I apologize for this lack most sincerely. At some point I would love to go over these various booklets and flyers and put in appropriate footnotes, however I fear that’s going to happen only after the happy year I organize my library. Until then, as with other questions, please feel free to contact me with any questions, or corrections and I’ll be happy to try to figure out where I got the information I put in the flyers.