Category Archives: Highland Titles

Sun Standing Still

(Originally posted, December 2013) The word solstice comes from the Latin: sol (“sun”) and sistere (“to stand still”).  As seen from Earth, the sun’s highest point for the day is at its lowest for the year and the movement of … Continue reading

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Carving the Runes

Here I am, sitting in my room, writing away with classical music in the background, and the announcer says that a guitar quartet will be playing (Sir) Peter Maxwell Davies’s “A Farewell to Stromness” — so I stop writing and … Continue reading

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A Burns By Any Other Name…

Call him Robert, Robbie, Rabbie, or the Ploughman Poet:  Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) is the poet-son of Scotland. He was named the “greatest Scot” in a 2009 popular vote by Scotland’s STV television channel. Of … Continue reading

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Sun Standing Still

The word solstice comes from the Latin: sol (“sun”) and sistere (“to stand still”).  As seen from Earth, the sun’s highest point for the day is at its lowest for the year and the movement of the Sun’s path comes … Continue reading

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The Highlands, Day Two

I was still somewhat jokingly (nah, not really) in search of a good cup of coffee.  I was sure I could find one somewhere en route during the trip. I like decaf; I like some teas as well, but there … Continue reading

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The Saltire

As I write this, St. Andrews Day is drawing to a close in Scotland.  While it is not yet a national holiday, it is a day when the patron saint of Scotland is honored, and is considered to be Scotland’s … Continue reading

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The Highlands, Day One

Dunstaffnage Castle stands on a small peninsula three miles north of Oban on the south-west entrance to Loch Etive, Loch Eite, (“little ugly one” ).  It is pronounced Dun-STAF- nidge, from the word dun which means “fort” in Gaidhlig, and stafr-nis  from … Continue reading

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