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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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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Silent Messages in Tree Ornaments

How do you adorn your holiday tree? How have you collected your ornaments? Are they just fun or do they contain symbolism of your cherished beliefs and fantasies? Does your tree invoke your better self or lighten your mood? When you’ve lived as long as I have, a LOT of Christmas trees have come and…

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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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