Saturday, August 31, 2013

Gail and a hot cup of coffee kind of morning: Tour to Oakney in Scotland

Gail and a hot cup of coffee kind of morning: Tour to Oakney in Scotland:  Hello from Scotland! This is the Ring of Brodgar in north Orkney. We took a bus and then a ferry across the ocean to this place. Stones a...

Tour to Oakney in Scotland

 Hello from Scotland! This is the Ring of Brodgar in north Orkney. We took a bus and then a ferry across the ocean to this place. Stones are in a perfect circle, and like Stonehenge in England, no one knows for sure why this was done.

The picture below is at Skara Brae, also in Orkney. This village was discovered when a giant storm uncovered the ancient stone houses. They are not sure why it was abandoned or where the people went. They did not even know it was there until around the 1980s. We saw how they lived surrounded by stone. Everything is stone here in Scotland, even today, and everywhere you look is ancient history.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What's Up these days


This picture is tagged as street and land view, Long Lake, 1917. I love doing research. Spent the day Monday at the Adirondack museum library. Jerry was very accommodating, and I got to stay there for hours! I was thrilled! I have several interviews coming up before my departure to Scotland for a month. I am looking forward to them.

I appreciate everyone taking their time to tell me what Long Lake was like when their parents were here, and when they were growing up in this little town. Book 2 on the history will be a wonderful documentation of the lives of Long Lake residents in the 20's, 30's, 40's and beyond. I am learning so much from the old timers and could sit and listen to them for hours!

For those of you who do not know, Book 1, Conquering the Wild, is available in several places in town and around the Adirondacks. Or, you can order it directly from me by emailing me with your address. It is also available at and in ebooks at and Barnes and Noble. It is a keepsake or a wonderful gift for family members to pass down to their children.

I am getting packed for Scotland. Venita and I are leaving next Wednesday, Aug 28. We will be arriving in Aberdeen, Scotland the next morning. Sometimes I just can't believe this life I have. It is such a blessing that life isn't fair because if it was, I would not be having these wonderful experiences. I get to spend a month with my awesome sister living in stone cottages in Huntly, and Braemar, Scotland. We will be within a five minute walk of Huntly and will stay there almost two weeks.

Of course, I am bringing my computer so when we are in internet territory, I will be emailing pictures, etc. I can't envision looking at those hills of heather and not going home and writing about them.

If you haven't, please join my blog and feel free to leave comments. I enjoy reading what you have to say. Take care and remember, this is the first day of the rest of your life!

Sunday, August 11, 2013


Cast of Mystery of the Buttercup

Well, here we are, the cast of The Mystery of the Buttercup. Friday night we presented
 the play to a packed house. What a wonderful turn out from the locals and the visitors!
What an awesome group of people to work with on the play. It made my job so
much easier because they were all so helpful and kind.
This weekend has been filled with wonderful historic happenings. On Saturday, five
people shared with us their experiences while working at the Sagamore Hotel in
the 1930s and 1940s. They did an excellent job. At the end of their talks, there
were numerous questions. We all laughed at some of their exploits
while learning much about those years..
Last night, Hallie Bond gave a delightful talk on the history of guide boats in
Long Lake and today we are looking forward to two guide boat builders sharing
their knowledge and expertise with us.
I am so grateful that I was raised in this little town with all its wonderful history. As
a teenager, I remember saying, "I am so bored. I can't wait to leave," yet there was
always another part of me that loved Long Lake, and I cried at graduation knowing
I would be leaving my friends and this town. Today, I am no longer saying that I
am bored. I am saying that I am so grateful to live here again. I have come back
here several times with my sons who also attended Long Lake Central. Now, I have
the opportunity to once again gaze out at the tendrils of mist floating off Mt
Sabattis in the wee morning hours. It doesn't get much better than this.!