For it is Scottish blood within my veins – travel diary

“I feel a sort of reverence in going over these scenes in this most beautiful country, which I am proud to call my own, where there was such devoted loyalty to the family of my ancestors – for Stuart blood is in my veins.” Queen Victoria, journal entry in 1873 It's been a few years... Continue Reading →

The arrival of hurricanes

Hurricane Michael is not even a year behind us, and Florida is once more bracing for the impact of another storm. In October of last year, Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle with a rage and wrath that will be documented in the books as one of the worst hurricanes in Florida's history. As the... Continue Reading →

The magic of the good old days

There was no shade from the hot sun, with the exception of the occasional clouds (dark and threatening) that blew between us and the solar body who lights up our days. The forecast had been predicting all day of “scattered thunderstorms” and we joked while plucking blueberries from the bushes, that a little rain right... Continue Reading →

For such a time as this

“...And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). The Biblical account of Esther is one of the most popular, well-known accounts of a Biblical heroine. Everyone who has spent any time at all in Sunday school or browsed through a child's illustrated Bible... Continue Reading →

A complicated houseplant with emotions

I absolutely love gardening. I love planting seeds and watching fragile little sprouts break out of their soil. I love potting a new plant, watching it flourish and grow. I love the smell of potting and gardening soil. I love eating vegetables that I grew myself. I love the “tsk-tsk-tsk-tsk” sound of a sprinkler system... Continue Reading →

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