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Seeking Sanctuary in Scotland

There I was, every limb still shaking from the effects of the poisoning, head fuzzy with toxins, and barely able to read the map on our iPad. It was a low point, no beating around the bush. I didn't want... Continue Reading →

Musashi and the Parable

I remember having a long-standing and spirited debate with a friend of mine when I was only sixteen. Just a shot in the dark, here, but I'm guessing most sixteen-year-olds don't enter into deep theological arguments supported by Platonic logic... Continue Reading →

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 →

3-Years Behind in my Scrapbooking

I don't know about all of you, but I pulled in a really spectacular haul of presents this holiday season. Partially, this is because my birthday is on the first of the year, and we had to celebrate Christmas late,... 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 →

Messy Family History

While touring the highlands of Scotland this fall, I had the privilegeĀ 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 →

How to Behave in Hallowed Halls – Scotland Part 3

Have you ever been quietly musing over a grand artwork in a vaulted museum, letting the artist close the gap between time and space until it felt as though their brush was touching your very thoughts... and then a crowd... Continue Reading →

International Travel – Scotland Part 1

In my experience, limited though it might be, there are a few things which might tempt an American to venture from our wide borders and experience the world beyond. I recommend it, personally, but to each their own. Whatever your... Continue Reading →

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