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Name:ladybranwen
Birthdate:Apr 26
Location:Maryland, United States of America


Little Welsh Nationalist? Lady Branwen? And I'm not even Welsh! Well, I don't know for certain that is. My love of all things Welsh comes from spending a glorious spring term studying abroad there my junior year of college. From the moment I stepped onto the land, I felt that I had come home. Strange, no?

For some reason, the native Welsh citizens couldn't pronounce my name correctly, so some of my friends gave me the name "Princess Branwen" (or Princess White Breast as they liked to call me) to make things easier. Sadly, only my friends ended up calling me PWB, everyone else continued to slaughter my real name.

Although I now wish to call Wales my home, I am actually from a small town in upstate (think Canada) New York. My goals, I knew, would take me far from home by the time I was done college. I just never imagined that I would end up in Florida, where I have been stuck the past year and a half. In purgatory.



A historic preservation major who is currently working as the only employee of a small historical society in Florida, I am currently searching for an appropriate grad school in which to hide myself away in. I am hoping to further my studies in either museum studies or archival management. My special joy is working with paper documents. Something I never thought that I would enjoy doing (as I imagined it rather dull) until I took an internship with the James Monroe Museum and was put to work discovering the joys and hardships of an 19th century family through their letters and documents. I was hooked and I haven't looked back since. Although, maybe getting to play around with Thomas Jefferson's hair and letters didn't hurt my getting to love archives. Perhaps I should I have guessed that I would like it so much since it is related to my love of books.



When not working at the historical society, I volunteer at the local "Friends of the Library" bookstore, otherwise known as the fabulous Book Depot. Deadly to book lovers as the books are so darn cheap! Often, I can be found saving old books that are going to be thrown away in the same manner of the Scarlet Pimpernel. decken and I have even formed our own SP book rescuing party.

I have far too many books I love to list as a favorite, but often find it quite relaxing to just surround myself by my collection of books and soak it all in. When not relaxing thanks to being lost in a good book, I enjoy crocheting. I've never found a better stress reliever and I can make pretty things for people while doing it. I also have a strange tendency to draw really bad stick figures. Some of my friends are included in these drawings, whether they like it or not.



Singing is also great for relaxing me. Life could be awful, but a little song and dance always picks me up. I really can't be mad with anyone after singing a bit. Troubles float away! After ten years of ballet, I now manage to prance around my apartment, and, much to the amusement of the other volunteers, at work. When not actually performing, I love going to see shows, even if that means driving for three hours one-way. Did I mention that I hate driving? Such is my dedication, though.



I can't promise it will always be an amusing time here, but I can at least provide useless information I find interesting from my gleanings of historical documents. Or even warn you to "watch out for the girls with the sexy rumps, for they are only after your barn." You can thank the Greeks for that gem.



I'm roasted enough on this side. Turn me over and eat me. ~St. Lawrence, Patron Saint of Librarians

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. ~Charlotte Bronte

My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. ~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Remember that you are an actor of just such a part as is assigned you by the Poet of the play; of a short part, if the part be short; of a long part, if it be long. Should He wish you to act the part of a begger, take care to act it naturally and nobly; and the same if it be the part of a lame man, or a ruler, or a private man; for this is in your power, to act well the part assigned to you; but to choose that part is the function of another. ~Epictetus

You would wish to be proud of your daughters and not to blush for them - then seek for them an interest and an occupation which shall raise them above the flirt, the manoverer, the mischief-making tale-bearer. ~Charlotte Bronte

There are tears beneath everything, and if humanity would understand that there is so much more suffering than real wickedness in the world, they would be kinder to each other, more helpful, less impatient, less indifferent, less critical. But we have no time... we hurry, hurry, press forward and do not delve deeply enough to realize the cause or source whence all the harm, the sadness, the strife comes. ~Marie, Queen of Romania

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions, nor regret the loss of expensive diversions, or variety of company, if she can be amused with an author in her closet.
~Lady Mary Wortley Montagu




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