Section NE-2A 1987 Conclave

The 1987 Section NE-2A Conclave was hosted by Nischa Nimat Lodge #181.  As was  typical at the time, there were two items issued for the event.  The Lodge #181 totem can be seen at the bottom of the patch.

A pocket patch

Section NE-2A 1987 Pocket Patch

Section NE-2A 1987 Pocket Patch

And a neckerchief, which consisted of the pocket patch on a white neckerchief with red piping.



Joni Mitchell – Coyote

A little Joni Mitchell on a rainy Saturday in Brooklyn.



Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2008

Everyone does Top 10 and Best of Lists, now Amazon has released its list of the 2008 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy.  While I read a great deal of Science Fiction, I have not read any of the books on the list.  I have read a number of books by Neal Stephenson whose Anthem is #5 on the list and recently read and enjoyed Naomi Novik’s A Gathering Of Dragons which is the first book in the Temeraire Series.  It can best be described as

Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars. Here be dragons, beasts that can speak and reason, bred for strength and speed and used for aerial support in battle. Each nation has its own breeds, but none are so jealously guarded as the mysterious dragons of China. Veteran Capt. Will Laurence of the British Navy is therefore taken aback after his crew captures an egg from a French ship and it hatches a Chinese dragon, which Laurence names Temeraire.

Her Victory of Eagles is #10 on the Best of 2008 and is the fifth book in the Temeraire Series.

If Science Fiction and Fantasyy is your thing, check out the list for some future reading or gift idea.


We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.” –George Washington