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Universal Hour of Peace

Peace be with you as we enter 2023! The quest for peace begins in the home, in the school and in the workplace. Silvia Cartwright, 18th Governor-General of New Zealand I am writing these words on the last day of 2022, just before the hour of 11:30 pm which will usher in “The Universal Hour…

The Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin

The first “Poor Richard’s Almanack” was published by Benjamin Franklin on January 28, 1732.  “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” was a mantra of my third-grade teacher, along with “speak little, do much.”  That was a very productive year, as I recall.  At that time, I knew only…

A Queen’s Passing

“Over the years, those who have seemed to me to be the most happy, contented and fulfilled have always been the people who have lived the most outgoing and unselfish lives.” Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) I remember taking the photo of The Queen’s portrait on April 27, 2015.  We were visiting the Argyll & Sutherland…

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,…

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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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