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Journal Entry Number One: A bit about my family and me …

By on 04-13 in Content, Criollo's Journal | 0 comments

My name is Criollo.  I am in my third year of Final Form.  Master Breton has asked each of us to keep a running journal of our lives – how we perceive our culture – how our homes operate on a day to day basis, and the observations we make about the world around us. We are a pretty homogenous people with many of the same lifestyles so this isn’t to enlighten us.

Master Breton has a very specific reason for giving us this assignment, and it is because we have a new Dragonhorse!  When one of these remarkable men rises to rule, Equus always takes on a much more expansive role in galactic politics, and I’m sure Master Breton is thinking all of us will be explaining our planet and our culture to people who don’t know much if anything about us as actual, everyday people.  This is his way of making sure we practice before such a situation arises.

Journal Entry Number Two: A bit about my planet …

By on 06-10 in Content, Criollo's Journal | 0 comments

My Uncle Ardenai, who teaches five and six-year-olds, says that the first thing children ask when told about strangers, is “How are they like us?” Not how are they different, but how are they alike. These are some basic things so you can compare your planet to ours size, season and weather-wise.

Planet Equus is 26,206 Statute Miles in circumference. We have a large, ice-covered cap at the top, and a smaller one at the bottom.

Journal Entry Number Three: A bit about my lifestyle …

By on 07-25 in Content, Criollo's Journal | 1 comment

Master Breton has reminded me that I am remiss in my journal entries, so today I will talk at some length about where I live.  I am what is referred to as a keepling.  That means I live on an agricultural keep.  I’m going to tell you about our house, and the land upon which it sits.

Journal Entry Number Four: our amazing ancestral home

By on 08-25 in Content, Criollo's Journal | 1 comment

Our home is as huge and as ancient as the keep on which it sits.  It is ten thousand years old, and has been in my grandsire’s family for thousands of years.

Journal Entry Number Five: Our Educational System

By on 09-12 in Content, Criollo's Journal | 0 comments

Today I am going to talk to you about our educational system, since I am currently sitting in Master Breton’s History of Equus class. Along with most of our modern society, our educational system was set in place at the time of the Equi Awakening, about ten thousand years ago.  Education has a very high value amongst all Equi, and our system reflects that. We have twenty-one years of compulsory education.  We start Creppia Nonage when we are five, and spend two years there.  We spend seven years in Primary Form, six years in Intermediate Form, and six years in Final Form.  By that time we are twenty-six years old.  We are also expected to go to Lycee, which can last from four to ten years, or into a guided apprenticeship.  This sounds like a long time, but we are long lived, and since very few of us marry before our forties, and many of us well past that, we have time for such...

Journal Entry Number Six: My Family’s Garden

By on 10-03 in Content, Criollo's Journal | 1 comment

It was barely light enough to see when Ah’brianne’s mother, Ah’mae, popped into our kitchen and took my mother off mushrooming.  It is spring, and the mushrooms are both succulent and abundant.  Today, I’m going to talk about food, because it is a big part of our lives – planting, gathering, tending, harvesting, preserving – and of course, preparing.  Almost all Equi love to garden, and to cook, and without exception we love to eat!  Our body-type thrives on six meals a day, and we do tend to graze and nibble for most of the time we are awake.  Food is celebrated on our planet, and all of us join in on planting, tending and harvesting as part of our everyday occupations.  “First the family, then the community, then the Great House and the worlds beyond” is what people say about our way of distributing foodstuffs.  Every rural family has a huge garden, and there are community gardens in...

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