Food for the Spirits in the Wires

Do you trust evanescent wisps of electricity?

21 June 1954
San Jose, California, United States
External Services:
  • jilara@livejournal.com
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alton brown, american civil war, archeology, bees, birding, black powder, bpal, californios, cannon, cats, celtic music, chili, chris de burgh, comics, cookbooks, cooking, emeralds, ethnobotany, folk rock, food, food history, gardening, girl genius, herbalism, hiking, historical artillery, history, ireland, iron chef, japan, japanese food, kimono, la marseillaise, landmark education, living history, martial arts, mysticism, old books, poetry, roses, shamanism, swords, tempest, textiles, tony bourdain, vintage clothing, warrior women, weapons, wine, world music, writing

Jilara is a writer, a cook, a historian, a mystic, and a martial artist of many disciplines. These are the things that are the -do's in her life, as as opposed to -jitsu. The things she IS instinctively, as opposed to the things she practices/does. She's even demonstrated historical cooking for the Queen and Prince Phillip.

Among her other states of being, she's a scientist, a tekkie, an artist and craftsperson, a computer tech writer, a Civil War reenactor (English and American), botanist, and an enthusiast of historical weaponry, primarily artillery. She also hikes/backpacks, and has been known to make tasty meals of wild foods found on the trail. I'm a darwinian gardener---if it survives the challenges of my yard, it's good. Vegetables mostly survive (even reseed). Other things...well, it's that Darwin thing.

Aside from that, I'm a geek girl. I thrive on challenges. And I am ever analyzing, looking for patterns, in every aspect of life. And I like hanging out with Mad Scientists. Bwaaahahaha!

I'm also a 4th generation native Californian (which amazes people), though County Sligo, Ireland somehow feels like home as much as California. The earth forces of both speak to me. I'm from a family of hereditary shamans and my grandfather was a weatherworker, but it's a very old trad you've probably never heard of. I'm also passionate about history, particularily the Californio period--California before the Bear Flag Rebellion of 1846, which probably figures, since my ancestors were here then. Love the food, the music, the clothes.