April 21, 2004

About me, and about this site

This is as good a time as any to explain the names of this site.

Riseagain has nothing to do with either religious figures or the Confederacy. Its significance is threefold:

  • I live in Phoenix
  • I love Stan Roger's music. One of his best-known songs is Mary Ellen Carter, about a sunken ship and the men who are reclaiming her, whose chorus is:
    Rise again, rise again
    That her name not be lost to the knowledge of men.
    Those who loved her best and who were with her to the end
    Will make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again.
    The final chorus is:
    Rise again, rise again
    Though your heart it be broken and life about to end,
    No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend,
    Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again.
    I can think of a few people I'd've liked to sing that to over the past year.

  • That's what I do just about every damned day, at some ungodly hour of the morning. Rise again and off to rowing. Rise again and off to the gym. Rise again and off to work.
Dichroic Reflections was actually inspired by the earrings I was wearing when I created my first online journal, and I still like it enough to keep the name when I moved here. Dichroic glass was originally developed for NASA. Microscopic layers of metallic oxides deposited on the glass reflect different colors of light at different angles.

A lot of people seem to either stay home and not do much or to do one thing seriously and well. That is emphatically not me. I don't do anything particularly well, but I do do a lot of things; though I've been a bit of a two-note song in the last few years since we began rowing more seriously (reading is a constant note in my life) we still occasionally fly, or climb, or hike. We travel when we can save the time and money to do it and we do whatever activities are fun to do where we go; on various trips, we've kayaked, rafted, mountain bikes, hang-glided. We've toured libraries, all kinds of museums, cathedrals, houses.

I read science fiction, fantasy, mystery, juvenile lit, YA, general fiction, history, sociology, linguistics, poetry, books about traveling, aviation, books about space and space travel, books about books, photography, comics. I know quite a lot of useless tidbits on a wide variety of subject, but not much in depth on any one subject. Hence, dichroic glass, reflecting different colors depending on what light you see me reflected in.

You can see earrings similar to the ones which inspired the name, third ones down on this page.

Technical Site Info
This site is hosted by DreamHost and is powered by MovableType. The list of other journals is a Blogroll. The graphics on the front page were created with Adobe Photoshop from photographs taken with a Canon EOS Elan and a Canon Digital Elph. Posted by dichroic at April 21, 2004 02:43 PM



Stumbled across your site while Googling for "Fingal & druids" - "Giant", of course! I, too, love Stan Rogers!

Oh, yes, I also work in the optical thin films business, and am quite familiar with dichroics.

Anyway, neat site!


Posted by: Roger at November 11, 2004 07:12 PM

I came over here from LJ, and when I saw the URL I started singing the chorus. Do I know you other than that we both know Papersky and Pamela?


Posted by: Vicki at April 13, 2005 04:05 PM

Also here from LJ. (You knit beautifully!)
You have me looking for a good recording of Rise Again. Any recommendations?


Posted by: nigita at January 5, 2006 10:07 PM

So, I'm just browsing sites, and decided I'd sign up for your notify list, as you are a friend of LA's, and I read her site each day. Well, when I went to your page about yourself, and say your mention of "Why Rise Again.." my first thought was the Stan Rogers song! Then I saw that you are a big Stan Rogers fan, and SO AM I - BIG TIME!

I cried when he died - I remember the day like it was yesterday, I was listening to Dick Pleasants who did a folk music radio show from Marshfield MA back in the 1970s. One Sunday just as I tuned him in, he said Stan had died recently in that plane fire.. I was so crushed I fell apart. I love love love that man. I've seen Garnet, his brother, live in Marblehead (MA) at a coffeehouse once, but never got to see Stan live. There is no one like him - no one. Nice to finally meet you and know you are a fan too.

Posted by: Bex at February 26, 2007 08:23 AM
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