Holiday Smarts

Tips for Managing the Busiest Holiday Season Ever Simplify ~ Simplify ~ Simplify!   Easier said than done… I am living testament to the difficulty of untangling the proverbial Xmas lights to find comfort and joy amidst the hot mess of  ‘not-missing-out on holiday activities. From Halloween to New Year’s society dials up the fires…

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Choose Love

Choosing Love is not always easy. Choosing kindness is not a quick fix. But if every thought, word and deed reverberates into environment and beyond, then… I want to bath in love and kindness. I prefer to swim in the vibrant colors of joy and bask in a bright future. Drama is SO passé. It…

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The Squire

The Squire An Excerpt from The Häling and the Scottish Templars  A rising gibbous moon peered through thin veils of clouds in the indigo twilight sky. Sir Theobaud de Cherney, waited impatiently. For the first time, he realized the blood smeared across the breastplate of his leather armor, his blood and doubtless the blood of many less fortunate than himself.  Prior…

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My Templar Way Pt 4

PART 4 continued from PART 3 Flying over the Alps, destined for Klagenfurt Austria, those strange stirrings I had felt in Scotland returned. It was a resonance that I would grow very fond of in my many flights to meetings. I only knew that I was happy and grateful! The plane landed in the midst…

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My Templar Way Pt 3

Continued from PART 2 All was not lost because one day, I met Brother Jim, a Rosslyn Chapel docent with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Chapel. Jim and his wife became my dear friends. They supported my quest and offered their hospitality so that I could test the waters with a meeting of the Sauniere…

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Lowest tide of the Year

Along the west coast of the United States, folks call the lowest tides of the year ‘Spring Tides.’  In a stroke of good fortune, I was recently in the right place at the right time to experience the lowest tide of the year at Haystack rocks’ Marine Gardens at Cannon Beach, OR.   As I set…

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Timeless Mythology ~ What to Read After Watching Avengers: Infinity War

Recently I was reading Daniel McCoy’s  GREAT new book “The Viking Spirit” and his website which is filled with interesting explorations of Norse mythology. I was also in the process of writing a book review, when my husband invited me to go to the movies to see “Avengers: Infinity War.” So I set aside my work…

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Soul Renewing Friendships

There are times in life where past – present – future seem to fuse into a dream, where memories bubble up like champagne – where wonder and vulnerability occupy the same oxygen, where tests of recall open both windows and wounds. Renewing friendships, as life unfolds in its zigs and zags offer retrospective glimpses at…

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San Felipe de Austin Museum Opens in Heart of Texas

  The stone falls into the pond and the ripples radiate outward, both in space and time.  And it is so with every action and ramification… including the GRAND OPENING of the new $12.5 million historical museum for San Felipe de Austin State Park. Forty miles west of Houston, Texas stands the town of San…

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Entrance

Soutra Aisle, Augustinian, Hospital.
Soutra Aisle, Scotland, UK is now only a shadow of its former glory. Once a medieval hospital located along the Roman road running between London And Edinburgh.
An Excerpt from the Häling and the Scottish Templars

Where wounded Templars seek refuge from fighting at the Battle of Dunbar.

Friar Mungo’s chin snapped forward with a start, as he woke from a most un-Christian dream. Snorting to clear his sinuses, he braced his hunched back against a jagged boulder, ready to doze again in spite of the biting chill. Highland cattle grazed along the windblown hillside. Faint thunder caught his attention…

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