Sunday Evening Reflection – The Italian Chapel

The idea of sacred spaces has been with us since ancient days.  Throughout the centuries, we have built temples to reach the heavens, made pilgrimages to seek knowledge, lived in the forests to connect with the earth.     Even now, we create personal areas for meditation and reflection, a way to reaffirm our thoughts andContinue reading “Sunday Evening Reflection – The Italian Chapel”

Sunday Evening Reflection – The Way Things Were

Orkney, with its well documented Neolithic and Viking heritage attracts visitors from around the globe. We are enticed by the narrative of our ancient past that is shrouded in the mist of long ago. We come to find the stories, to feel the kinship of humanity, to marvel at how we have prevailed over theContinue reading “Sunday Evening Reflection – The Way Things Were”

Sunday Evening Reflection – Shetland

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” Khalil Gibran Welcome to Sunday Night Reflection. I invite you to join me on a quiet walk through Kergord Woods. It is early Spring and green leaves are beginning to appear. It is a little chilly so bring along a sweater. Kergord Woods is a symbolContinue reading “Sunday Evening Reflection – Shetland”

The Hero Journey

“Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have one before us, the labyrinth is fully known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slayContinue reading “The Hero Journey”

Blàr Chùil Lodair

‘Will ye no come back again’  Scottish lament after Charles Edward Stuart returned to France following the failure of the 1745 uprising. Blàr Chùil Lodair, The Battle of Culloden was the final skirmish of the 1745 Jacobite Rising under the command of Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie.  It was the HouseContinue reading “Blàr Chùil Lodair”

Highlands & Lowlands

Scotland is divided into two distinguishable historic regions, the Highlands and the Lowlands.  Beginning in the later Middle Ages, a cultural difference appeared when Lowland Scots replaced Scottish Gaelic throughout the Lowlands.  The Highlands are located north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault.  A’ Ghàidhealtachd which means “the place of the Gaels” includes the areaContinue reading “Highlands & Lowlands”