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For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt;                      I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.            Is there no balm in Gilead?                            —Jeremiah 8.21-22So much vanishes. A glacier, a species, a friend.A tattered shirt on a clothesline, in an erasing breeze.September 11, January 6.A hole that weighs too much,an absence that lumbers around like a… Continue reading Free List

I Went a Little Cuckoo Today

Day 2: Breisach, Germany Today we visited Germany's famous Black Forest. Famous for Black Forest ham, schnapps and brandies, Black Forest cake...and Cuckoo clocks. The Black Forest is associated with many well-known fairy tales Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, and Snow White. These tales were later written down by Jacob and Wilhelm… Continue reading I Went a Little Cuckoo Today

Condolences

Dear Friend, Maybe you calledor sent textsand I didn’t answer Perhaps you sent a cardor severaland I didn’t reply You showed upfor my parent’s memorialand I didn’t bid you hello You showed up in my lifesharing your friendship And love unconditionally This I know for sure This is true friendshipand I will treasure youall the… Continue reading Condolences

I Aways Wanted To Be A Viking

Dedicated to Maureen. I'm honoring her challenge to write about our holiday adventures and post photos. Rhine River Cruise Join me for the next eight days as my husband and I (we left the two feral cats at home) as we take a leisurely cruise down the Rhine River aboard Viking River Cruises. The Viking… Continue reading I Aways Wanted To Be A Viking

Tartans & Kilts

A kilt ( in Scottish Gaelic: fèileadh [ˈfeːləɣ]; and in Irish: féileadh) is a type of knee-length men’s dress skirt with pleats at the back, originating in the traditional dress of Gaelic men and boys in the Scottish Highlands. It is first recorded in the 16th century as the great kilt, a full-length garment whose upper half could be worn as a cloak. The small kilt or modern kilt emerged… Continue reading Tartans & Kilts

The Beginning of the Ragland Tree

For Raglands and those researching the roots of the Ragland clan, the farthest back I've heard of is to Adam of Usk. So who the heck is he? County of Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy in Welsh) Adam of Usk was a Welsh priest, a canonist, late medieval historian, and chronicler. His writings were hostile towards King Richard II of… Continue reading The Beginning of the Ragland Tree