There Are More Stories

“A baggepype wel coude he blowe and sowne, And ther-with-al he broghte us out of towne.” Canterbury Tales, General Prologue According to Suetonius, a Roman historian during the early Imperial era of the Roman Empire, Nero played a type of pipe known as the Roman reedpipes, “with his mouth as well as his armpit.” In…

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 area…

I Want A Piper, Too!

“We have heard nothing but bagpipes since we have been in the beautiful Highlands and I have become so fond of it that I mean to have a Piper, who can if you like it, pipe every night at Frogmore.” Queen Victoria, in a letter to her mother. The tradition of The Queen’s Piper dates…

Dreams are a reality …

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” Lao Tzu We were all born for greatness, even though only a few individuals will be recognized by name in history. That does not lessen our contribution, nor does it signify that our participation did not change the course of world events.  Our dreams are ever renewed…

Listening to the Question

“We do not grow by knowing all of the answers, but rather by living with the questions.”  Max De Pree, Businessman and Writer How many questions will you be asking today? I confess I have no idea. My “educated” guess would be in the hundreds, beginning on Monday morning when I ask, “Where did the…

The Gift of Peace

Peace allows us to pursue our purpose in life – to discover and explore what drives our creative and intellectual passions.  It is the one gift that we can give ourselves, irrespective of external circumstances. Peace is the absence of anger: “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of…