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I need some help working out the title by which a ca. 1720 master craftsman (a bell-maker) would have been known, both to his clients and to his apprentices. I have been suggested, by various online sources, the term "maestro," but that carries baggage I'd rather avoid. I've also noted "alarife," which appears to connote "architect" or "master builder." This is closer, but I'm hoping there's something in between those two terms. If you can lend a hand with the etymology, I'll be very grateful (to the tune of a bar of Green & Black chocolate, variety your choice)!

For that matter, if you happen to be comfortable discussing the social classes in the Spain of the time, I'd love to talk with you.


Above, of course, means that I'm working on the rewrite and fleshing out of Bells, which book needs a better title. (Now, that would be a good use of my down time. Must remember to work on this.) The first chapter took a bit of effort to get them to match where the novel ended up.

The library ILL desk will see my face this weekend. I have a list of books I need to request. Surprisingly, there were three on my list that are already available locally.
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Posit: faith is submission.


(Yes, this is pertinent, and I do want others' opinions on the subject, preferably those of people who consider themselves to have religious faith.)
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If you had an elderly person, say, whose primary method of getting what she wants is to bully people, and one of the things she wants is to give a lot of the money that's keeping her and her spouse in a comfortable assisted living facility to a ne'er-do-well child, and the people she's bullying include her spouse and the child who's acting with Power of Attorney to arrange her affairs and pay their bills, how might you go about reducing the bully's access to the money?

(Yeah, this is real world, not fiction. I only wish it was fiction.)

This elderly person has had many strokes, some significant enough to seriously impact her ability to make sound judgments and decisions. Her spouse is also elderly and himself suffering from impaired memory and, as a result, judgment, and he does not know how to say no to her. The child with the POA is on the edge of breakdown dealing with the mess.

I'm not looking for sympathy (I am not, for instance and thank dog, the child with the POA), but rather some concrete suggestions or ideas you've seen be helpful in situations like this.
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Oh, mighty LJ, allow me to tap your collective knowledge once more.

I am looking for a word in a naming convention that represents a person, not the parent, who has assumed responsibility for a child. The concept is similar to guardianship or fostering. The word, however, needs to fit in the place of "patronymic" or "matronymic," where the child might be Abel and would be known as Abel [guardian's name here]sha, and the [guardian's name here]sha is this mystery word I need to label.

(If Abel was acknowledged the responsibility of his father, he would be Abel [father]son. If of his mother, Abel [mother]na. If of a third party, Abel [guardian]sha. Clear as mud? Thought so.]


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