The Rhi-Post – Edition 1

Welcome to the first edition of  The Rhi-Post! This will be a collection of editorials from my friends, who I have come to know very well and are from a wide and varied background. I hope that you will enjoy a peek into their lives as I do and I am excited to share their thoughts, editorials and expertise.
If you have questions for our contribitors please send to therhipost@gmail.com and follow me @Rhian73.

Please be free to follow on twitter and/or facebook, or other social media if our authors shared their links. Thank you for being a part of The Rhi-Post!

-Rhian


In this Issue:

Tales from My Shame-Ber : Why I like the Twilight Saga
by Lushrain

This will be a  recurring column highlighting the items in my Shame-ber. If you are not familiar with a Shame-ber* it is a room with no windows in which you can enjoy your deepest darkest guiltiest pleasures.   Each time I will let you learn about the things I love that I shouldn’t love but are oh-so-awesome.

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About bitheadturnedtrader
by bitheadturnedtrader

I’m an Information Technology (I.T.) Director for the Canadian division of an international business process outsourcing company. Essentially I’m responsible for everything technical in Canada – networks, desktops, servers, software, and programming – to support the day-to-day operations and future growth of the business. I’m the interface between business and technology.
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Lament for the Loss of my Big, Fat Camera
by Shaughnessy

Like a favourite traveling buddy, my 38 – 105 mm Samsung zoom camera accompanied me on treks across North America, China, Hong Kong, Spain and Ireland. It, or its earlier versions, were always at hand for generations of family events, occasions and just for nothing moments. It documented my nature walks, adventures and trips to find beauty in unexpected places.

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Heartagrams
by  Andrea Costanzo aka @TheJunkenstiein

In troubled times, when black waves of depression are hidden behing every corner, daily, one needs to keep his emotions alive. And my personal and addictive emotion inducing drug is music. Its the direct language of the heart and soul, translating the bursts of adrenaline, tears, passion and laughter that made the grey routine less desperate into a sound that can move with you and wrap you in its comforting blanket of vibes.

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Handmade Revolution
by Kataish

Hi. My name is Kata, I’m 28 and I’m a craft addict. Ever since I was a small child, I’ve been obsessed with making things and “crafting”. It all started with drawing and taking art classes, and through the years turned into sculpting, pottery, beading, doll-making, crocheting, and then knitting. Currently my main hobby/obsession is knitting.

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Photography by Uncast


Rebel Without A Pause
by BrotherDarkness AKA Butch Rosser

s1c3: You Can Lead A Club To Culture, AND You Can Make Them Think (A Costanza’s Goodbye)
Dear Planet Earth,
If you’re reading this, I hope somebody has had the decency to cut me down from the ceiling fan this note was placed under.  It should be noted per previous discourse that everyone get their crying out at the wake and that Christine has her choice of who to sleep with at the afterparty.

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Handmade Revolution

by Kataish

Hi. My name is Kata, I’m 28 and I’m a craft addict. Ever since I was a small child, I’ve been obsessed with making things and “crafting”. It all started with drawing and taking art classes, and through the years turned into sculpting, pottery, beading, doll-making, crocheting, and then knitting. Currently my main hobby/obsession is knitting.

When I was about 7, my Oma tried to teach me how to knit and crochet. That young, I didn’t quite have the dexterity and mental capacity to understand how the needles (or hooks) and yarn worked together, but when I was re-introduced one slow and boring night shift at my call-centre job, a co-worker convinced me to try again. It clicked, I “got” it, and that was it. There was all of my free time and money. Now, six years later, even my husband has developed an interest in knitting and crafting, he knits the most beautiful and amazing socks that I’ve ever seen. We often go out and knit in public (at Starbucks or other coffee shops), and people are constantly coming up to us and commenting about how they remember their mother/grandmother/aunt/etc. constantly knitting and making everything they could. Where has that part of society gone?

Families used to pass down heirloom crafted items, and the art and knowledge of crafts. Now everyone seems to want to take the easy way out, buying everything and never putting any effort or thought into gifts. In my household, the majority of gifts are handmade – knit, drawn, or baked. I don’t have a large family that I exchange gifts with on a regular basis, but my immediate family have all told my husband and I that they love to receive gifts from us because they are handmade. My step-father loves socks, my mother loves gloves and decorations, my brother and sister-in-law both love hand-knit socks, even my niece and nephew do too! It brings me a lot of pleasure to create something special – knitting love into every stitch – that can be enjoyed by the recipient for years to come.

People often ask me how much particular items cost to make. How much is a skein of yarn that I can knit a pair of socks from? Approximately $10-$30 depending on the type of yarns you like. Yes, it costs WAY more than a pair of socks you can buy in a big box store, and yes, it takes hours and hours of knitting to create a beautiful pair of socks, but they will last longer, they’re more interesting, and I manage to entertain myself for hours in the process of knitting the pair of socks.

I can’t imagine my life without hobbies, and so many people “these days” just want to take the easy road out. What does everyone do with their free time if they don’t have hobbies? That’s what I don’t understand. If you’re reading this and don’t currently have a crafting hobby, why not try something you’ve been interested in? I promise you that crafting is worth the effort, it brings us back to our roots of taking care of our own, and you’ll feel more productive in your free time!