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 - Portovenere

Posted by Heather Daveno, written 2011, revised 2014 on 7/27/2014 to Travels in Italy
It's a very pleasant morning as I retrace last night's route to the train station. I walk past the Benedictine abbey ruins that I saw on the tour bus last night.  Even in ruins it is a very peaceful place, and my heart is touched by a single rose bush, its blooms framed by the marble columns...

The Search for Prester John - Part 2

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in 1988 on 7/20/2014 to Historica Tractatu
Continued from Part 1, posted July 13, 2014...

The legend of Prester John was continued by European explorers and missionaries as they traveled through China. During the 3rd Crusade, John of Joinville, the chief chronicler for Louis IX of France, wrote of two envoys where were sent to Kuyuk Khan, bearing with them a chapel...

In Search of Prester John - Part 1

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in 1988 on 7/13/2014 to Historica Tractatu

As I was researching the wives of the Mongolian khans back in the late '80's, I ran across a reference to a tribe called the KeraitĀ¹ - a Christian tribe of Turko-Eurasian ethnicity who had been absorbed by the Mongolian Federation of Tribes under Chinghis Khan during the 12th century.  The women of this tribe, with their auburn hair, fair skin and gray or green eyes, were so renowned for their beauty, that they are credited with saving their tribe from obliteration...

Crossroads Tour - Genoa

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

I could not have asked for a better day. The Lanterna, said to be the oldest working lighthouse in the world, opens at 8 AM.

I decide to head out so I can arrive before the crowds...

Hats Arriving in Tubac

Posted by Heather Daveno on 7/1/2014 to News & Miscellanae

New hats are shipping out today to the Tubac Center of the Arts in Arizona... Western wear with a historic and recycled twist...