30 June 2009

Summer Color

From my flower bed this morning. :)

22 June 2009

Celtophile Monday

Welcome back to Celtophile Monday! All sources credited. (Photo from a past Grandfather Mountain Highland Games - which I'm attending this year! Woot!)

Scottie's Diary
Following is a link to the first of hopefully many intallments of Scottie's Diary. For many faithful years, Scottie produced RampantScotland.com's Scottish Snippets newsletter, from which he graciously allowed me to glean stories for this weekly feature here on my blog.

Health problems forced him to give it up last year, but luckily for us, he is feeling better and will now be sharing gems about living in Scotland! This week he shares his experience at the Heart of Scotland Air Show.

Scottish Social Networking
Recently discovered Scottish social networking sites:

I've already connected with some fab authors and musicians through these sites!

Are You Ready for Rock Ness?

More Music Links:
Reel Blend - The very best traditional music and song, from classic 78s to brand new releases, as well as fascinating features on Scottish life.

A' Mire ri Mòir - Traditional Celtic Music and Song

Celtic Zone - The best of Scotland's young trad musicians.

Caithream Ciùil - More Celtic music!

The Funny Bits
Bringing you what made Scotland laugh this week...

All Burns, All The Time
Celebrating Scotland's Bard's 250th birthday.

Walk Through Scotland's History
Traveling to Scotland this summer? Download these MP3 audio walking tours to your iPod or MP3 players!

Irish Walk of the Week
Slieve Gullion, Co. Armagh

Ridley Scott Filming New Robin Hood Movie in WalesClick here for behind the scenes photo gallery. Starring Russell Crowe!

Wales Nature Photography on Flickr
Click here!

Wales 360
Panoramic views of some of Wales' most beautiful places.

20 June 2009

Miss you, Daddy

Photo: Copyright David Cation, posted with his kind permission.

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,

He called it ... Dad

~~Author Unknown.~~

Al Bennison, 1928-2009
(Photo taken sometime in the early 1980s)

19 June 2009

Why I'm No Longer In RWA

And that, my friends, is all I'm gonna say about that.

(Photo: Pickled Cupid)

15 June 2009

Celtophile Monday

Discovered this band on the Our Scotland social networking site. Without further ado, The Skunnered! Enjoy!


04 June 2009

Lori Foster Readers & Authors Weekend!!

Woo hoo! One of my fave cons starts tomorrow, the annual Lori Foster Reader/Author Get Together in West Chester, Ohio. I hear it's going to be bigger and better than ever this year and I can't wait to go hang out with all my peeps.

If you're in the area, the book signing this coming Saturday (June 6) is open to the public from 2-4 p.m. in the main ballroom of the Cincinnati Marriott North. I'll be there signing books, and I hear it's okay to bring your own books from your collection for your favorite authors to sign.

Some of my Beyond the Veil blog buddies have put together a goodie basket that'll be raffled off for charity. Called the "Spellbinding Summer Reading" basket, it'll be stuffed with books (of course), TWO bottles of wine, a snazzy mug, some other small trinkets, and a hand-beaded bookmark. My musical genius friend Vaerna will be giving away free sample CDs of her fabulous electronica music.

Hope to see you there!