Tapestry of Scary Clowns of Pluto


I was posting about the SCA yesterday, and friend Beth Johnson sent me to this wonderful site, detailing a fabulous tapestry made by ONE WOMAN to commemorate the SCA’s 50th birthday. it is fan-freakin-tastic! Beth and her husband are featured on the square for year XV. I’m also particularly partial to the square for year XLIII, in memorium for two SCA members who passed that year, one of whom was Yang the Nauseating, a friend of mine. Also: there was a SCA astronaut!

The Smithsonian explores many topics, but I never expected to read an article there about the history of scary clowns. Scary clowns are nothing new: they pretty well started out edgy. Makes sense: the people of ancient times had a vastly different idea of what’s funny than most of do today, and tricksters could be dangerous. “Mischief” used to mean something much darker than it implies now.

Y’all know we be lookin’ at Pluto, right? NPR had a very nice article about it, with a link to NASA’s wonderful website dedicated to Solar System Exploration. Wow! I can remember when the first unmanned space shots went up. And, in Children’s Theater, I used to pal around with a guy who remembered the Wright Brothers’ first flight. Wow!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What’s the earliest national/beyond event your main character can remember?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Tapestry of Scary Clowns of Pluto

  1. Jane

    July 17, 2015 at 9:35am

    One of my favorite stories is the one that ran in the paper during the moon landing. This fellow was interviewed who had witnessed the flight at Kitty Hawk, and now he was able to view the first step on the moon. My fur lifts right up every time I contempate that fellow’s world view.

    Great recommends today!

    Hello, Beth!

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      Marian Allen

      July 17, 2015 at 4:20pm

      And now you and I are the old guys. “I remember when phones were attached to the wall.” “NO WAY!” “WAY!!”

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      • Jane

        July 19, 2015 at 10:10am

        I just finished examining the beautiful and creative SCA history tapestry. Only one gripe: She left out our Border Wars with some territory or other from the south. The first one was here; the others….?

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