The man stood in front of his easel, a brush held loosely in his right hand, staring at the blank canvas. Once, he indecisively brought his hand closer to the canvas, let it hover, and, a couple of seconds later, let his hand fall back. Setting the brush down, he picked up his cup of tea from the stool next to the easel and took a sip. The man was in his late sixties, had a lean build, and his head had a bald patch surrounded by greying hair.
Scotland is rich with diverse histories. As a child, I knew I was Scots-Irish. As a teen, I felt different, somehow. As an adult, I learned I share a bloodline with ancient Picts of the Scottish Highlands. The Picts were self-educated in all forms of nature from weather patterns to rainfalls, from plant life to waterways. They could traverse the most complex marshes and survive to tell others how to do so. The culture survived the iron age and into Medieval Europe. The culture did not survive Christianity’s purge of Western Europe. Because Picts did not record their lives, all that is learned about the Pict culture comes from
Was that sad puppy dog face the final straw? Then next time you gallivant across the country, consider taking your dog with you! There are great adventures out there to share with your pup. With a bit of preparation, you and your dog will have the time of your lives and your bond will grow stronger than ever.
She’s the author of my life. She penned me. It took her months of labor. No rewrite. Early on, she felt like scrapping the first draft. The words just wouldn’t come. I guess she always assumed they would, quite naturally even flow from her heart down her wrist and become the ink that inscribed life onto my blank pages.
In April 2017 I got the chance to do something I had wanted to do ever since I was young. I remember discovering about the Australian and New Zealand soldiers that had sacrificed so much for others they never knew way back in high (secondary) school and have always wanted to visit the site where the famous ANZAC battle had taken place. April 2017 was the year I got to make this dream a reality after I booked a tour with G Adventures.
Peru, homeland of the Incas and stronghold of the Spanish Empire, has a complex history. Alex Trembath of Story Every Day discusses how visitors can explore it today, from the relics of imperialism in the south to the Amazonian influence in the north. Modern Peru is a country of rich diversity that attracts millions of visitors every year. Characterised by colourful towns and cities, contrasting jungle and desert landscapes, and lush countryside scattered with relics of its Incan past, few places are as intriguing or photogenic.
A couple of months ago I received a call about commissioning a transom window. Potential clients had decided to support a local artist (bonus points for that!) to design the transom window for over a set of internal doors within their home; they searched the internet, found my website; LuminousMoose.Glass, liked what they saw, and chose me. The following week we met to discuss the project…
A native Texan, in 1967 our family moved from a sheltered, suburban Houstonian life, to the vibrant, counter-culture world of the San Francisco Bay Area, where I vicariously experienced all the frenetic psychedelia that was a part of those times. This was my first understanding of what culture shock meant to one’s experiential perspective on life. I may have been too young to take part in the revolution of the day, but I was old enough to appreciate a whole new perspective on the world about me.