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Who is Roger of Belden Abbey?

Roger is a 9th Century Celtic monk, and is married to Sister Guineth the White. He is called by some "Roger, the Redundant Roger," but most people just call him Roger. He has titles and all that, but they are really not appropriate for helping a monk to stay humble, so he rarely uses them.

How come a Monk is Married?

Guineth and Roger have been married for almost 25 years, and live in Belden Abbey, a 9th Century Celtic Double-house. In the Celtic tradition it was quite common for Monks and Nuns to be married, in fact it was incouraged. Belden Abbey is located in Northumberland, but can be easily accessed by going to the Barony of Three Mountains, which is in the South-Central area of the Kingdom of An Tir.

How do you spend your Time?

We spend much of our time as members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, [SCA] a non-profit educational organization dedicated to recreating the finer aspects of the Middle Ages. We met in the SCA almost twenty-five years ago, and have been Quite happy living here with friends and adopted family.

What do you like to do?

I like Reading, Weaving, playing with others on the Internet, Chess, Puns, Writing Stories, playing the Recorder, and listening to good music.

What are some of the things you like?

My Lady Guineth is my primary joy on this earth, but I also like our pusseycats, cookies, pizza, cookies, a well-executed shaggy dog story, cookies, Diet Pepsi, and dragons. If it seems like I am fixated on cookies, that is because I am not allowed to eat them very often; I am a diabetic, and am limited on my sweets.

What are some of your goals?

I want to write more stories, and maybe even get them published some day. I want to become good at weaving, and make Christmas gifts for my family and friends. Someday it would be nice if we could get our house properly set up, all the bookshelves put where they belong, and the books neatly organized. Getting the woodshop set up and organized would be a good thing, also.

You are always making jokes; Is everything a joke to you?

And so I am asked again; "Is everything a joke to you?"

And I try to give a serious answer, which in and of itself proves it is untrue:

"Is everything a joke to me?" Well, if you mean do I try to see the humor in everything, I do, for I believe that humor is the great lubricant of life, that eases the passage of mankind through this very uncertain world.

But if you mean do I "make light of everything" I say no, for many things do not merit light treatment.

Now if you mean "do I try to return wit for abuse" I say yes, for not only a soft answer turns away wrath, but also does a light heart.

Now some might say I try to change the intent of some postings, and I confess yes, I like to derail a rant with a quip or two.

But it is not true that I laugh at other's sorrow, instead I try to gently remind others that the load that they bear can be lessened by sharing it with others, and I have a perfectly good back.

So to answer the question "Is everything a joke to me?" I say no, not all the time . . .

Only on good days.

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Roger of Belden Abbey
Daniel Thompson
415 SE 153rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97233
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