My name is Emily.
I hold 2 BAs: History and German. My focus has always been in central and eastern European history. History is my passion in life, above all other things. I’ve always been interested in history, from the time I was a tiny little thing and could read on my own. My absolute favorites are Russian and Czech history, as well as German. I’m particularly fond of late medieval and early modern history; though I’ve interest in other time periods as well. Really though, give me any history whatsoever and I’m going to devour it. Except US history; I don’t really like US history, though I will still read it.
I’m learning languages to help learn more history. It’s always easier to study history when you can speak/read multiple languages. Especially in regions with multiple neighbors and record influences. So in terms of central and eastern European history–I need more languages. Also though, I love to learn new languages to speak just for themselves and for the cultures they open up to learning more about. I’m currently only bilingual in English & German, but hopefully in the next year or so I can begin learning Czech or maybe Russian.
I love collecting books, of which I’ve found several great ones at antique or old book stores. I have a nice few items that I’m really happy I picked up, because they’re unique or old…and I do love my books. My book collection is my pride and joy, though I can’t actually say how many I have anymore, due to 90% of them being in storage over the last few years. I also “collect” digital versions for my Kindle.
Random facts about me:
- Favorite book: Dracula
- Favorite author: J.R.R. Tolkien
- Favorite TV show: Star Trek TOS
- Favorite composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Favorite opera: Russian and Czech
- NFL: Green Bay Packers
- MLB: Chicago Cubs
- Football/Soccer: SC Freiburg
- I collect porcelain from Lomonosov (Imperial Porcelain Factory)
- Crocheting for 19 years
- Vegetarian for 11 years
My Beliefs. — Or, no doubt, the reason you’re actually here, reading this blog of mine. And obviously the reason you’re reading this whole “about me” section.
- Witch (only rarely, dabbling)
- Slavic polytheism
- I use rune stones
- I’m learning tarot
- I collect religious items (such as rosaries, statues, writings, etc) from all faiths
That is the basics for now, I think. I’ll add more if/when I think of it. I’ll also be updating it when things change, or I learn more about myself. So this is a running log on me and my practices/interests more than the definitive final word on who I am and what my beliefs are. Hopefully this was at least partially interesting to you…and if you just skipped right to the end that’s cool too. If you have any questions for me, about me…whatever, do feel free to ask. I’m always willing to chat with people.