Abbey Dawn

08 Dec 18

Do you ever go to a library, a brick-and-mortar public library? Such a visit can seem unnecessary in this online digital era. They are actually marvelous places, rare in human history: products of a society possessing wealth, social stability and a spirit of improvement. In America, they are a relatively recent phenomenon, funded by taxes. […]

07 Dec 18
The Light Has Broken (But I Still Work)

The Young — Anno Domini 1125, the shores of Lough Gill The dawn’s light stole across the hills as the boy-king rode through camp. In the dim half-morning, men and crows picked over the shattered tents and torn bodies – the men after coin, the birds, carrion. The dead men had come from the northern […]

07 Dec 18
The Praying Life

So Gabriel tied his tongue to the floor of his mouth and sewed his lips shut. This fellow could not be trusted with the truth of God. Hard to say how he might mess up the whole plan of salvation.

06 Dec 18
Noise Not Music

As we enter December, the month of end-of-year lists galore, I’ll be focusing more on summarizing my favorite music that I heard this year rather than reviewing new things—among obvious other reasons, I need a break from the constant new music! For me, December is not too early to assess the year as a whole, […]

06 Dec 18
Unreal Nature

… a stillness of stones, a heart, /altar and boundary stone, marker and vessel … This poem is found in The Andy Goldsworthy Project by Molly Donovan and Tina Fiske with John Beardsley and Martin Kemp: Museum of Stones by Carolyn Forché These are your stones, assembled in matchbox and tin, collected from roadside, culvert, […]

06 Dec 18
Random Scottish History

Next come the monasteries – not those old families of missionaries, the very beginning of Christianity among us – not Iona, nor Deir, nor Mortlich; not Abernethy, nor Old Melrose, nor old pre-episcopal Brechin, nor the Culdees of St. Serf and Mony musk – none of those primeval monasteries, of whom all we know is, […]

05 Dec 18
Spirit of Cecilia

LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II TO ARTISTS 1999 To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new “epiphanies” of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Gn1:31) The artist, image of God […]

05 Dec 18
Social Sense

Alet-les-Bains in southern France may be a long way away from the UK, but Brexit looms large there. And it’s not just the large number of Britons among its 440 residents who worry about the future. “Our English friends have done a lot for the village,” says resident Annick Van Mairis. “Thanks to them, dilapidated […]

05 Dec 18
Trail Planner

I have a dream to write a book one day, so I have made a start by writing chapter 15 – The Southern Upland Way.  Longer than your average blog. Southern Upland Way Scotland’s Coast to Coast “It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks” – Anatole France I […]

04 Dec 18
Miss You Like Hell by Hudes & McKeown

Zora Neale Hurston – An influential author of African-American literature and anthropologist, Hurston was a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance.  Publishing four novels and more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays, Hurston portrayed racial struggles in the early 20th century American South. Her most popular work is the 1937 novel Their Eyes Were […]

04 Dec 18

Who’s familiar with Alessandra Lanot? Abbey Sy? Or maybe Fozzy Castro-Dayrit? Or we can say, who here loves doing different style and techniques on writing like calligraphy and some sort of designs? Back to those three persons I have mentioned, they are just a few of the unknown crafters and calligraphers because they are not […]

03 Dec 18
National Post

Dec. 9: Actor Kirk Douglas is 102. Actor-writer Buck Henry is 88. Actress Judi Dench is 84. Actor Beau Bridges is 77. Actor Michael Nouri is 73. Singer Joan Armatrading is 68. Actor Michael Dorn (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is 66. Actor John Malkovich is 65. Country singer Sylvia is 62. Singer Donny Osmond […]