Greetings to all who have managed to find this little corner of the cyber world that I have carved out to make a place for myself.
 
This site is a venue for me to share some things about myself and my endeavors as member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
 
It is my hope that you may find something things here of interest to you, and better yet, helpful.
 
Welcome to my digital home.


  • An Unexpected Journey "I can't imagine setting at a computer 8 hours a day programming", the 17 year-old me told myself back in 1984. This was after years of hearing my mother (Frances Ceraolo) telling me "You should be a programmer!"The stubborn child that I was, was not going to have any of that after spending 2 years in programming classes in High School. Although I did not mind the volunteer work I did for my Mom's employer, KTEH (PBS station in San Jose), helping to process the pledges for the drives and entering the information in their newly created database. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but I knew it wasn't programming!!!I enjoyed ...
    Posted by Cassandra Baldassano
  • Red Sugar - An Experiment While researching a french recipe for cameline sauce, it reference "Red Sugar" as an ingredient. How did they make sugar red as its unprocessed color is brown, and refined it is white. In another recipe for a Rose pudding it called for alkanet (Alkanna tinctoria), which is a root in the borage family that is used to help color red wine modernly and food safe.My first attempt at attaining a red sugar is to put chips of alkanet into a container of sugar and see how much colorant will be absorbed by the sugar having direct contact with the dry root. After 1 day there is a definite pink hue to the sugar as seen in the photo below ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 10:32 AM by Cassandra Baldassano
  • The Dress of Ḫurrem Sulṭān I first encountered an image of this dress (http://www.abcgallery.com/T/titian/titian108.html) when I was given a calendar several years back and fell in love with it. It was my goal to one day research and construct a similar dress. I do not recall where I discovered the painting was done by Titian, but was glad to find it resides at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. It is my plan to make a journey there to get a better look at the painting. My first thoughts are: There are enameld pieces along the front closing of the overdress as well as on the short sleeves.It buttons down the front with pearls ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 10:51 PM by Cassandra Baldassano
  • Emilia Cimino-Follier in the News I came across this news article while looking at hints suggested by Ancestry.com about my 2nd great grandmother, Emilia Cimino-FollierThe Adelaide Register - 15 May 1907WOMEN'S RIGHTSA GOVERNMENT PROPOSALLONDON. MAY 14.In the House of Commons on Monday Mr. John Burns (President of the Local Government Board) announced that he had intended to introduce a Bill providing that women should be qualified for election to county or borough concils. He had changed his mind, and the measure would be introduced forthwith in the House of Lords. The Minister's statement was greeted with ironical cheers.Sir Charles Dilke's BillAlthough short - for practical purposes it is one of the four brief clauses - Sir ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2017, 11:31 AM by Cassandra Baldassano
  • Divinity This piece of prose was originally written on May 27, 2011 and posted on Facebook.It is a strange place I find myself sometimes when a simple action by another leads me down a philosophical conversation that plays out in my own mind. A moment of faith is witnessed as a man sits down, his meal before him, and he bows his head and clasps his hands together to offer up a simple prayer of thanks. What a beautiful thing to have seen, here is someone who truly believes in the divine and the blessings that they can invoke. I look down at my own meal, I am fortunate as many - far too many - do without. If I choose to ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2017, 11:31 AM by Cassandra Baldassano
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