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The Nomadic Troglodyte

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Exploring the Skye – Part 1

Saturday was over, and Sunday morning dawned gray and foggy on Skye. I had been thrilled to discover that our schedule put us on the winged isle on The Lord's Day, and immediately began looking up historic churches we would... Continue Reading →

Over the Sea to Skye

Continuing with the adventures I had in Scotland this fall... here's how we got to Skye. After staying at the house-hotel at Glenfinnan, we walked up a winding, paved path under the huge viaducts which were made famous by the... Continue Reading →

Keeping Your Sanity Viable in 2018

via Daily Prompt: Viable The physician's assistant pushed through the door into the scrub room to find the doctor gloving up for the surgery that just wasn't going to happen. "I'm so sorry." Her voice broke as she said it.... Continue Reading →

From Kilts to Commandos – Scotland’s legacy of honor and heroism

The image of the Northern Barbarian, hulking with a huge blade and thriving on bloodlust is an easy one to conjure, whether it was the Romans and the Germanic northerners, the Britains and the Danes, or the English and the... Continue Reading →

Fort William to Glenfinnan – Traveling through Time

While in Scotland, I was placed in the interesting position of having to explain what this whole 'Outlander' business was to my parents. For anyone who doesn't know, Outlander is a book/series/tv series which starts in the highlands of Scotland... Continue Reading →

Messy Family History

While touring the highlands of Scotland this fall, I had the privilege of seeing some of my ancestral lands and buildings. My father's grandmother was a Campbell. While I, personally, have yet to solidify the American Campbell line back to Scotland,... Continue Reading →

A Wee Dram: Thoughts on Scotch

I have a confession to make: I didn’t care much for whiskey before I went to Scotland. It’s like going to France and not liking red wine. Just… why? I’d sampled a little here and there, but my preference was... Continue Reading →

Hospitality – Finding a Home Away From Home

We all want that warm feeling, that slight gasp of incredulity at exactly how /well/ we're being treated. In my opinion, it's that giddy feeling when you look around a spacious room and think 'all mine', when the waitress slips on... Continue Reading →

Finding Family in Paisley Abby, Scotland

Confession time, I have a deep and abiding love of old churches. The moment I gaze up at ancient soaring spires, something wakes up deep inside my heart and mind. That thing, that spark of old wonder, burns like a... Continue Reading →

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