Sedona’s In-Between Place

On this summer solstice, I am bathing in the stillness of in-between. After months of edits and polishing, my soon-to-be-released book, Voyage of the Templar Guardians, has been passed to the design team at Lulu Publishing, for an interval of rest on my part. I am also coming off of a series of several family…

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Temple Chronicles Glossary: A Guide to Curious Terms

Temple Chronicles Glossary: A Guide to Curious Terms Getting the lay of the land in a foreign country can be confusing. Vernacular is as fluid as the Atlantic ocean dividing North America and Scotland. So this blog post offers a few explanation of words sprinkled through the Temple Chronicles and their context in the story…

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The Häling Templar Web

The region where the southern reaches of medieval Scotland bordered England’s Northumbria was generally defined by the River Tweed. Not only was it a primary water source, but its flow carried commerce of all sorts and fed the population with some of the world’s finest salmon. Life depended upon its eastward flow, emptying into the North…

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The Häling and the Scottish Templars: Dunbar

In the spring of 1296, King Edward of England invaded Scotland. One by one, castles and abbeys fell into English hands, threatening Scottish sovereignty. On a brooding sea-cliff battlefield above Dunbar, Scots of all kith and kin fought valiantly but could not withstand the English onslaught. Acrid smoke and coastal fog shrouded the bluff from…

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Prologue Signs & Symbols

Signs and symbols abound in The Häling and the Scottish Templars and most of them are introduced early in the story. The prologue begins the saga with unconventional spiritual language. These recurrent mystic motifs impart their greetings in the first scene and hopefully will become companions as the challenges and adventures unfold. Once could even say that…

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Häling Characters Book 1

Of all the challenges of beginning a series, getting to know the cast of characters can be the most daunting. The Häling and the Scottish Templars story is complicated by the diversity of new characters and their unfamiliar historical occupations. Add  to the mix, visionary elements and a menagerie of creatures, a glossary such as the one below can come in handy. Use…

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History Behind the Häling

L.S.Berthelsen’s Scotland; THEN & NOW For many, Scotland is not just a place to visit, filled with magical tourist spots. It is a feeling, a mindset, and indeed, a state of mind. And while I am no expert on Scotland or a anything Scottish, I am certain of my own experiences and how they influenced…

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An Unorthodox Easter

The discomfort of saying goodbye is archetypal. It takes a lot of energy to untangle the strings that connect us to objects and relationships. For relationships are ubiquitous to the fabric of human existence. Some threads are barely missed when removed, while others seem to not only unravel entire sections of our comfort zones but…

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Buried in Popcorn

My posts have recently slowed drastically because I have been submerged in quantum popcorn. “What?” you might certainly ask, “the heck is she talking about?” My unorthodox metaphor is appropriate, however. Transformations are popping all around me, to the point I am wondering if the kernels inside myself and my environment are in a microwave…

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Winds of Change

It seems as though the past several months has been very consistent: that the only constant in life is CHANGE.  Like so many of us, I have found myself tying up loose ends in the mist of strong winds of change.  How to stand strong while going with the flow? From evaluating what is working…

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