Penultimate Summer Post

It’s good to be back just in time for my penultimate Summer post! During my two-week break I went to the annual Long Island Scottish Games Festival at Old Westbury Gardens (that’s a dog in a kilt, above). It’s always good to hang with my peeps, the Scottish, the most fun-loving, light-hearted, sober people on [...]

Good for the Soul

This past weekend the annual Highland Games were held on Long Island.

What a difference a year makes. Last year Hurricane Irene put a tiny bit of a damper on the gathering…

…but this year the weather was perfect and the clans were out in full force.

Who knew there were so many Scottish-Americans on Long Island??? I only [...]

Travelin’ gal.

So. Last Monday I followed in the itty-bitty footsteps of the backyard cats. I stepped out. OF THE HOUSE. And went to New York City, center borough: Manhattan,  Downtown, still the epi-center of cool in the Tri-State area.

How does it feel to be out and unaccountable after dark in Manhattan?

Feels like 1987. Otherwise known as My Hey [...]

Foul-mouthed, pessimistic, alcoholic, and out of shape.

Those were the words (above) of a New York Times book reviewer in 2008, describing a new novel by a Scottish author about modern day Scotland. I read the book — it was melodramatic and predictable — but I cherished this four-word description of the Scottish National Character.  Call me melodramatic but when I’m an [...]