Sunday, July 24, 2016
As a young child, I became fascinated with mythology. On long car trips to
, I read Edith Hamilton’s book Mythology over and over again. I later discovered Bullfinch’s Mythology, D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, whole
libraries on Celtic myth, Robert Graves, Joseph Campbell, African myth and
legends, and so much more. The Norse
gods, fierce with their swords and helmets, were especially thrilling. Who wouldn’t thrill in fear at the evil
Loki’s deeds, or cry at the tragic death of the hero Balder. Frigga, the great goddess, was the original
Snow Queen for me. Step aside,
Elsa! A little girl who was my good
friend in grade school and I loved her.
She was Norwegian. We acted out
little plays involving her. California
By the time I was in fourth grade, I had seen the film “The Vikings” with Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis [who had a few dolls of his own], and Ernest Borgnine Soon after, there was a television series, also “The Vikings.” I ended up going to a small college whose mascot was, what else, a Viking. I discovered the novel
there and Sigrid Undset’s The Snake Pit.
Leif Eriksson also touched ground not that far from us in what is now part of . Of course, we studied Hamlet, aka, Prince of
Denmark, and Norsemen played a role in that play, too. I guess I had Vikings and Norse men and women
in my destiny. I know I loved collecting Viking figures and dolls, including
some wooden carved examples from Minnesota , and one grizzled old
warrior with a dried apple face. I even had a helmet for a woman with long
braids, more Brunhilde than Viking, but still popular. Sweden
So, just imagine how pleased I was to see the latest addition to the Déjà vu collection from Tonner, which features wonderful figures straight from the Norse myths. Birla is one of these amazing figures. Her costume is magnificent and she carries her own sword like many warrior women of old. According to Tonner, Birla’s “leather pants, fur shawl, and fur boots were a reflection of her Pagan beliefs and the gods of nature she worshipped.” (Tonner.com)
Birla’s hair is long and brown, in reminiscent of another long haired warrior woman who was also Queen of the Iceni Tribe in
Boadicea, aka, Boudicca. Birla’s lovely face has hand painted details; her head
is sculpted in the Déjà vu female head sculpt.
Her painted eyes are light blue. Her brown hair is rooted and she has
the 16 inch Déjà vu body. Her outfit
consists of a “Pants bodysuit featuring ivory muslin bodice with tan textured
faux leather back, brown breastplate with gold highlights, tan faux leather
textured pants and tan linen attached skirt.” (Tonner). Birla has wonderful accessories including a
faux leather belt with faux fur decoration and a “gold buckle.” She wears a “gold” chain and hand with claws,
brown faux fur and suede boots, and has a sword and stand. Britain
There are also a male Viking and another female. You can see these and all the other Tonner dolls and more on www.tonner.com.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Partial Listing for Early 2000s; see also my LinkedIn Profile. I am available for Free Lance Writing, Professional Blogging, Editing, Fiction/Nonfiction. Seeking a LiteraryAgent. See also my work on Amazon.com Author's Page, Goodreads Author page and 918 Studio.
Work History and Teaching Experience
Board of Directors, Comm University, in conjunction with St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA. Taught in Comm U, "The Doll as Other," a humanities course.
3/2000-4/2000 General Education Program Coordinator. On-Line Legal Writing instruction. Teaching Spanish, English, Shakespeare, History of English Language, and Literature. Supervise faculty in my department, prepare and write materials for NCA visit, work on scheduling. General Education and Criminal Justice Advisory Boards. Created Developmental Center. Substitute teacher Small Business Management, E-Commerce Development, English, Management Courses.
Illinois State Board of Education Approval Received to Teach the Following Courses at Kaplan:
· MT 310 Ethics and the Legal Environment (Helped Develop Class and Syllabus)
· MA 208 Medical Law and Ethics
· MT 211 Business Law (Developed Syllabus and helped Make Course a Prerequisite for other Courses)
· HU 245 Ethics
· CM 240 Technical Writing
· CR 136 Legal Terminology
· HM 117 Hospitality Law
· All communication classes including Business Communications
· Served routinely as a substitute teacher and wrote lesson plans, etc., for E-Commerce Course and Small Business Management.
· All writing , literature, and humanities courses
· All courses in criminal justice and paralegal programs
9/99-5/00 Instructor Ways of Knowing Symposium, Team Teaching Written Communications and Political Science. Compiled course materials and textbook.
Black Hawk College
1998-2000 Associate Professor Law, English, ESL Legal Writing and Research I and Administrative Law, Freshman Rhetoric, Introduction to Literature, Communications, Introduction to Short Fiction, Spanish: Intermediate Listening and Conversation, Faculty Institute on Japan (Grant from Columbia University), Teachers' Technology Tool Box (WebCT, PowerPoint, FrontPage, WebBoard), Journalism (1986, 1998-present), committee work, participated annual BHC English Conference, participant mini conferences service learning and distance learning, conducted and completed survey of Paralegal Programs in the Area for Legal Assistants Program at BHC, developed courses for distance learning as well as study guides for Legal Writing and Research I and Administrative Law.
March 1999 Saturday Serendipity Program - Moline, IL Council for the Gifted
Business College Adjunct Instructor Business Law and Legal Writing and Research II
AIC Junior College
(Now Kaplan College) Instructor Business Law (spring 1998)
University Graduate Assistant English Composition 101, 102, Introduction to Literature, Honors Composition, Writing Center Tutor (1991-95)
(1980-82, 1986-88) Adjunct Instructor Freshman Rhetoric and Writing Center Tutor
University of Iowa Research Assistant College of Law (1983-85)
Eugene Field School Secondary Hours in Education/with Augustana College (Spring 1980)
1986-Present Legal Writing, Research, Advocacy for various law firms in Iowa, California, and Illinois, primarily on a free lance basis. Among my duties, advocate for Social Security clients, advocate for Employment Discrimination clients, drafting contracts, drafting briefs, motions, memoranda, and appeals. Compiled a probate manual for office use. Also, Legal Research, Civil and Criminal Departments, paid internship, 1989-90, Santa Clara County Superior Court, San Jose. Wrote bench memos, appeals, coordinated Discovery Calendar. Experience with empirical legal studies and in Death Penalty Litigation, Administrative Duties in both departments, other criminal law, Iowa and California, moot court and client counseling. Researched Civil, Criminal, International, and Federal Law.
Humanities Evaluator for October 2001 Poem/Art Odyssey Project, a Humanities Iowa Grant Project, Faye Clow, Director. September 2001, presented program, filmed by local Cinema Club with PBS/Cable affiliations, German Dolls and Immigration, German American Heritage Center, Davenport, IA, Dr. Michael Hustedde Coordinator.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
I was in Spain many years ago; it was my second trip. I was there to go to school for the summer at Nuestra Senora de Africa, Universidad Complutense. Enjoy the pics of dolls from Spanish Speaking Countries, or that are influenced by Spanish Heritage.
Public Domain Image
Among my many doll and toy artifacts that make up Dr. E’s
are several Pokémon items, stuffed animals, dolls, and sets of cards. As early as 1998, my students were writing
research papers on Pokémon cards and characters. It is a complicated culture, and the
characters have a complicated history. I
won’t pretend to be an expert, and I refer my readers just this once to a great
Wikipedia article on the latest trend, the game Pokémon Go for more. This article explains a lot of the detail and
is current, and cites over 60 sources with links. There are also official sties and web pages
for Pokémon Go. Doll Museum
I’m sure the Strong National Museum of Play has already added to its library and archives all kinds of resources for this wildly popular game. A lot of concerns have surfaced, too, as they always do. These include people trespassing, looking at their phones and walking into traffic or walls, players skipping work and school to play, kids breaking curfew, etc. Positives include positive effects for those with depression and or mental health issues, encouraging exercise, teaches map reading and directional skills [I could use those!] getting young people up and out into the fresh air.
Games and their origins go hand in hand with a study of dolls and toys, so I’m interested. I also have a 17 year old at home who is just crazy about the game. It involves creativity, since players must develop their own Avatar. Years ago, my son Mitch created an Avatar for me for WII games. To his credit, he made my Avatar skinny, with long brown hair and glasses. She looks more as I did when I was 14, but hey, who’s counting years? In my heart, I’ll probably always be between 12-14 anyway. J
In countries like
where the original App to download the game is prohibited or not available,
players have devised ingenious ways to play so that they aren’t left out. I suppose their efforts testify to the fact
that collectors/gamers/IT geeks/toy enthusiasts, etc., are resourceful and
persistent. More of us should run
companies, if not the world. I’m just
saying. J Korea
Museo de la muñeca del Dr. E: Cómo y por qué Theriault conserva colecciones de l...: Cómo y por qué Theriault conserva colecciones de la muñeca; Tal vez deberíamos llamar ellos la muñeca de los historiadores, demasiado ...
How and Why Theriault’s Preserves Doll Collections; Maybe we should call them The Doll Historians, Too. In Memory of David Frolich
How and Why Theriault’s Preserves Doll Collections; Maybe we should call them The Doll Historians, Too
In Memory of David Frolich of Dollspart
Doll Museum and Dr. E’s
would like to extend our sympathy to Barbara and her family on the loss of her
husband, David Frolich. In his honor, we
offer this blog as a kudos to Theriault’s, the Doll Masters for helping to
disseminate and preserve doll history. Doll Museum
How does Theriault’s preserve doll history? After all, they sell doll collections to new owners. They do it through their beautiful catalogs. This thought occurred to me when I was gathering some Shirley Temple and
items for a local exhibit. Their “Love,
Shirley Temple” catalog preserves for posterity the stories, photos, and other
memorabilia of Shirley Temple’s legendary collection. While the actual dolls and artifacts have
found new homes throughout the world, the collection in its entirely exists
among the pages of the beautiful catalog.
So, too, the famous vignette videos teach about the beautiful dolls, but
also preserve them and their histories.
They form a visual and virtual library on YouTube and elsewhere for doll
enthusiasts of the future. Hollywood
The same is true of the other fantastic catalogs from “The Great Man’s Doll” which featured a doll Victor Hugo bought and Anne Rice’s amazing doll collection, to the many catalogs of museum collections that were auctioned, but which still exist in book form for those who want to study them.
Page from a Theriault’s Catalog. Courtesy, Theriault’s.
I suppose I think of myself as a doll author/curator first, and collector a very close second, but I am very grateful that these catalogs exist, and that I can locate a historical doll and her history when I want to research her.
If they weren’t in the business of auctioning dolls, I’d want Theriault’s to publish exclusively their wonderful catalogs and books on every type of doll that ever existed! For their good work in doll history, I personally thank them.
Papier Mache Peddler, Courtesy Theriault’s.