Monthly Archives: September 2013

Faerie Folk

I grew up in Washington Irving country…in the rolling Taconics of New York State, nestled in between the Hudson River and the Housatonic, just west of the Berkshires. My mother taught at Ichabod Crane High School. One of my friends … Continue reading

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The Handfasting

The remains of Dunnottar Castle stand in silent vigil on the Eastern coast of Scotland, just a mile or two south of Stonehaven (a town we like to refer to as the suburb of the little town Cowie, but more on that … Continue reading

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Getting Stoned in Scotland

I was standing in the reception area of the National Wallace Monument, waiting for Liisa and Kyle to descend from the Crown. We had walked up the 71 stairs to the room where Wallace’s sword is kept, and I went … Continue reading

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Heather, Gorse, and Stanes

On the southern slope of a low hill covered in heather and gorse, is an arrangement of about 200 stones that in 22 rows aligned very roughly north-south, and which fan out just a little at the southern end. As … Continue reading

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Northern Links

The last time I was on Orkney, I was making a video for my father and at one point the camera was nearly blown out of my hand by the ferocious winds. A photo of me standing at the Ring … Continue reading

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Rowan & Heather

The rain came down in a steady rhythm; I know from my experiences with the Indigenous Peoples of North America that rain on a ceremony is a blessing. I was not bothered by it. Dressed for the weather, we drove … Continue reading

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Fair Enough

Over our bountiful breakfast of fruit, yogurt, poached eggs, sautéed tomatoes, potatoes and mushrooms, bannocks, and brown (whole wheat) toast, … I offered the Viking Festival as an addition to the list for the day.  The offer was politely declined.  … Continue reading

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