Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This Is Your Brain on Knitting and My Life As a Jedi

I read this interesting article on CNN: This is your brain on knitting.

"Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging...The evidence to support this concept is overwhelming. Studies have found intellectually stimulating activities, such as learning a new language, can help prevent cerebral atrophy and significantly delay dementia. And a recently published clinical trial shows cognitive training can improve reasoning skills and the brain's processing speed for up to 10 years after said training has been completed."

Personally, I'm having a hard time getting any projects of any kind done around here. I've got a lot of stuff halfway done around here, but that's about the extent of it. I am re-working a blanket I made for my husband about 10 years ago that was falling apart, I'm scanning old family photos, and I've got to finish my new Jedi communicator and repair a spot on my Jedi robe.

Michelle the Cook is coming over on Saturday to take photos of me in the completed costume so I can apply finally to the Rebel Legion. I did finally manage to come up with my Jedi bio though.

Ami-Lyn Kel was born 39 years before the Battle of Yavin (or, a few years after Anakin Skywalker was born), on Mandalore, the fifth planet in the Mandalore system of the Outer Rim Territories, but she is not a Mandalorian. She was born to human parents, who agreed with the nomadic nature of the Mandalorians. But because the Mandalorians were frequently allied with the Sith, the family didn't feel entirely safe and they left Mandalore a few years after Ami-Lyn's birth.

They moved to Coruscant, where Master Yoda discovered the Force was strong in Ami-Lyn, as well as her parents. Because of their age, they were too old for training in the ways of the Jedi. However, her parents brought 5 year-old Ami-Lyn to the Jedi Temple for training, where she stayed, for 15 years, until shortly before Order 66 was delivered. She was Jedi Master Shaak Ti's Padawan. Ami-Lyn's parents had foreseen a great disturbance in the Force and felt their daughter's life was in great danger on that planet. They removed her from the Temple beforehand and the family barely made it off the planet alive.

To save their daughter from Order 66 and from the Great Jedi Purge that followed, the family moved to the planet Drall, where they settled in one of its forests, near the Boiling Sea. Ami-Lyn considers Drall her home world, but travels through the Corellian System as a Jedi peacekeeper. She has not yet become a Jedi Master.

Ami-Lyn was able to complete the Jedi trials; however, since all of the Jedis had either been murdered or scattered throughout the galaxy, she had to complete her training on her own.
· the Trial of Skill: light saber battle against Asajj Ventress
· the Trial of Courage: battle during Order 66 when the family was trying to leave Corsucant, when surrounded by Clone Troopers
· the Trial of the Flesh: loss and not knowing what became of her Master, Shaak Ti, after Order 66 was enacted
· the Trial of Spirit: having a vision of submitting to the Dark Side in order to regain the lost Jedi's that were killed during Order 66
· the Trial of Insight or Knowledge: done periodically throughout her training at the Temple.

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