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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Taoism for Writers

Sometime ago, I ran across this Taoist poem, which  is a wonderful guide for living.  In dwelling, be close to the land.  In meditation, go deep in the heart.   In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.   In speech, be true.  In ruling, be just.   In business, be competent.  In action, watch the timing.  …

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Visionary Fiction Alliance

It is with great pleasure that I recommend a website that just came into my awareness. The Visionary Fiction Alliance! For many years, I devoured books and movies that dealt with transformation of consciousness, sifting through a lot of chaff to reach the kernel that resonated inside me that rarely saw the light of day.…

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Secrets of Building a Castle

Several years ago during one of my stays in Austria, I had the opportunity to visit a very special site of an ongoing ‘living history’ project in Austria. It was one of the many adventures set upon by my Templar family in Kärnten, and what a treat it was!  On this particular occasion in summer,…

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Still Standing

Each day is a gift. Some days, the gift is the challenge. Flecks of light keep the soul engine running on fumes. Around and around we spin about the sun, Weaving new webs of light, Growing new galaxies deep in the heart.  ~Winter Solstice~ ~Full Moon~ ~Still standing~

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Historical Musings on Christmas

I just finished reading  Judith Flanders’  CHRISTMAS A BIOGRAPHY   and  WHAT  a REFRESHING read!!! I bought the book on a whim, hoping to find some justifications for simplifying duties as well as to glean insights into the old conundrum of religious vs. secular tensions. And what I got by reading the book is a more…

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