Welcome to The Phoenix Files!

This blog is a collection of papers and how-to articles I have written over the past 25+ years, as well as my travel journals and announcements.  Scholarly works from "The Library" on my old website, are labeled here as "Historica Tractatu." 

My travels have had heavy influence on my work and are the 'back story' behind many of my designs. Some of my older journals are revised from the original, and most link to photo albums on Facebook.  

Crossroads Tour - Arrival in Genoa

Posted by H. Daveno, written 2011, revised 2014 on 6/29/2014 to Travels in Italy
May 5, 2011. I set out on the path I took yesterday which led me straight to the train station in Florence for my trip to Genoa. Today however, is a different day... Inexplicably, I find myself on the Ponte Veccio, the next bridge over...

The Mongolian Invasions of Medieval Europe - Part 2

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in 1987 on 6/25/2014 to Historica Tractatu

"All warfare is based on deception….Feign disorder, and crush him. If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected...."

-- from "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu

The Mongolian Invasions of Medieval Europe - Part 1

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in 1987 on 6/22/2014 to Historica Tractatu

My thanks to the editors of The Elf Hill Times, who first published my article in January, 1998 under the title "The Mongols: Their Attempt at World Domination". I have updated it to include notes from classes I taught in 1998-99 on "Warfare in Medieval Mainland Asia".

This work has been cited in an academic research paper titled "Challenges Facing Mongolia's Participation in Coalition Military Operations", written by Lt. Col. Byambasuren Bayarmagnai of the Mongolian Armed Forces, published by the U.S. Army War College in March 2005.

Endnotes and sources are at the end of Part 2.

Something tattered this way comes...

Posted by Heather Daveno, hat whisperer on 6/17/2014 to Textiles & Wearables

Few people are aware that in addition to making my own hats, I have also redesigned hats from other people's collections, tearing a keepsake into its components and rebuilding it into a new piece, reminiscent of the original.

Today's mail brought a new challenge...

Crossroads Tour - Florence First Day

Posted by Heather Daveno, written 2011, revised 2014 on 6/15/2014 to Travels in Italy
May 4, 2011. This morning I take a walk to the train station in preparation for my trip to Genoa tomorrow. I locate it without any problem, walk around inside to make sure I can find all the gates, and then walk across the street to buy a day pass for the bus. My first blisters appear at 11 AM...

Art In, Art Out ...

Posted by Heather Daveno on 6/10/2014 to News & Miscellanae
Art arrives, art departs, more art materials arrive. 
It's a cyclone of creation happening here ... 

Alaska Part 1 - Juneau and Haines

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in 2008, revised on 6/9/2014
Alaska Part 1 - Juneau and Haines

This trip was my first solo excursion, and a training session to get over my fear of planes so I could satisfy one of my life goals ... to not die with an empty passport ...

Crossroads Tour - Arrival in Florence

Posted by Heather Daveno, written 2011, revised 2014 on 6/8/2014 to Travels in Italy
May 2, 2011. And so it begins. Another rainy day in Seattle. Last minute chores. Last cuddles with Odincat and a final visit with Busterbird. A side trip to the post office to pay my rent. The 10:15 AM bus to the Metro tunnel which I very nearly miss, the 10:45 Lightrail which whizzes past the Franz “Slice of White Bread” sign that always cracks me up. My longest sojourn away from home is now officially underway.

Crossroads Tour - Prologue

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in 2011, revised on 6/7/2014 to Travels in Italy

This story starts today, December 20, 2010 the day of the Solar Eclipse Solstice. The double celestial occurrence portends a most fortuitous day... I receive a gift … an opportunity to take an extended trip abroad, to any country I choose...

August 9 could be your lucky day...

Posted by Heather Daveno on 6/5/2014
August 9 could be your lucky day...

As you can see, I now have a logo for this event.  My first Phoenix Rising Celebration was heralded in by a Chinese phoenix. The bird shown here is Turkish, which will play into this year's multi-cultural theme ...


Three Days in Florence

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in 2009, revised on 6/1/2014 to Travels in Italy
Three Days in Florence
I arrive at the train station in Venice a couple of hours early, and sit outside on the broad expanse of steps, enjoying the sunset, the church bells filling the chilling air, the sky variegating from grey at the horizon, to rose, to robin-egg blue. I sit outside as long as I can, before heading inside to find my train...

What's New for June 1

Posted by Heather Daveno on 6/1/2014 to News & Miscellanae

Today is the 'soft launch' of this new website. I'm planning a more formal announcement and related activities later in the month, after folks have a few days to poke around and alert me to any deficits they find ... So, let me know what you find! Happy browsing!