England’s Arthur & Alfred

One of my more recent pleasures has been to enjoy the BBC Series, The Last Kingdom, which takes place in tenth century England. It is inspired by Britain’s early history and is mesmerizing! When I heard Marilyn MacDonald speak on Kings Arthur and Alfred, I requested that she share her work with my Blog Readers. Get…

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Making Sense of the Middle Ages

Making Sense of the Middle Ages 500 – 1500 A.D. What comes to mind when you think of Middle Ages? Castles? Crusades? Knights & tournaments? Well, here is attempt at making sense of the complexities and constellations of  dynamics at play from the fall of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Age of…

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My Templar Way

‘My Templar Way’  By Linda Berthelsen, RTO, KTFA, GPTFA First published in Templar History Magazine, 2008 ~ Adapted 2018“ For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 Long before Dan Brown opened Pandora’s box of Rosslyn Chapel mania, I was a devotee of its mysteries and symbols. My heart knew…

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We’re Waking Up ~ Now What? VOTE!

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do…

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Some Musings on Ma’at

Now and then, it’s wonderful to hear from others about their interests  and read their interesting research. Please welcome my guest contributor, Dr. Christopher Dalrymple, a Templar Knight with a curiosity for all things Masonic! The ancient Egyptian pantheon is a confusing and convoluted concept.  This EDUTAINMENT presentation will bring some clarity to the family tree…

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Timeline of the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages  lasted roughly from 476-1453 A.D. This timeline offers a glimpse of  some of the rough dates in this continuum. I created this timeline to accompany a presentation I recently gave on the Middle Ages.  LATE ROMAN EMPIRE 165 – AD Antonine plague brought back to Rome from Near east, spread to Gaul – small…

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Reset ~ Destin

There are times when the best remedy for the bustle of life is a ‘reset.’  And then, there are times when bucket list items meet that same need. Well recently, I spent my first weekend in Destin, which had been on my bucket list for some time. I felt tentative about booking a beach stay…

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Soutra Aisle

Excerpt from The Häling and the Scottish Templars where young Templar Squire Adam de Dalrymple finds relief from the long ride from Dunbar.   On this Beltane Eve, bonfires lit hilltops to purify and cleanse all lingering weakness from winter’s hardships. Blazes twinkled across the Forth of Firth and beyond, dotting the landscapes along the northern…

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Chöp the Warrior

This summer, I just could not resist sharing joy of spirit. I have mentioned in the past that the Hopi have some things in common with the Templars. But I acknowledge that this is an ‘aside.’… for the pure joy of it. Our newest addition to the family is Chöp, the Antelope Katsina (Kachina) recently…

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One-of-a Kind Morning

There is a reason why official family portraits are becoming more of a rarity, and it ranks up there with hosting formal dinner parties for forty! But when it happens, we know that heaven and earth have been moved to make it so…especially in this day and age where activities supersede tradition. While candid photography…

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My Favorite Sedona Eateries

One of the amazing things about Sedona is the vibrant food scene, for tourist and residents alike! While I do a fair amount of cooking, I also frequent several yummy places. Congestion is becoming the norm in the shopping district, as folks explore the vistas for themselves. So I when I visit Sedona, I oftentimes…

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