Welcome to Clanmother

The Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Orkney

The idea of sacred spaces has been with us since ancient days. Throughout the centuries, we have built temples to reach the heavens, made pilgrimages to seek knowledge, lived in the forests to connect with the earth. Even now, we create personal areas for meditation and reflection, a way to reaffirm our thoughts and feelings, […]

Teatime at Bettys Café Tea Rooms

The Secret of Happiness “Our treats brighten even the dullest day and are perfect presents for the people you love.  We make them because a little deliciousness makes the world a happier place – it’s really no secret at all.” Bettys Est 1919 York, UK May 17, 2017. It rained all day – the warm […]

At the Orpheum

The Vancouver Orpheum opened its doors on November 8, 1927. Ah, it was a grand building, the largest theatre in Canada at the time, with a construction price tag of $1.25 million. Three thousand seats awaited an audience eager to see the interior of the much-awaited theatre. Buildings have biographies and encounter transitions that reflect […]

Ancient Doors of Egypt

Yesterday, 99 years ago, a Door was opened into the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment – an eternity it must have seemed to the […]

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About me

Hello, I am Rebecca Budd. Welcome to my space.

I was given the title, Clanmother, September 2008, when I was travelling the Scottish Highlands with an audacious collection of young people who came from all over the world to join an expedition to the misty Isle of Skye. I was the oldest woman on the tour so the title was appropriate. What was more surprising was that I liked the label – it was catchy, spirited and encompassed the next stage in my life. It was my turn to grow old. I stood at Glencoe, breathing the chilled air, memorizing, for future recall, the rugged terrain covered with proverbial heather. There was certainty in my thoughts. This was going to be my most profound and daring adventure.

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