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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

How to Recover from Jet Lag – Scotland Part 2

Some real talk here, with anyone who’s had to deal with significant time changes after international flights. There isn’t really a cure for that thing we call jetlag, but here are some tips to help you recover from messing up... 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 →

From Colorado to Cairns & Clan Campbell

I saw this daily prompt, and I knew I needed to write something - even if it was by the seat of my pants and unplanned. Because I have recently had several surreal experiences, and they are just worth writing about.... Continue Reading →

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