Daily Scotland: Excursions to Haddington, East Lothian and Dean Village, Edinburgh

    Life's been challenging for Chris and me this past week. Outside forces have been exerting a lot of negative energy, leaving us two anxiety-ridden insomniacs walking around like yawning zombies. The onset of autumn hasn't helped. Shortening days coupled with cold winds and driving rain don't improve the mood. But then it's Scotland, …

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Daily Scotland: Accent(uate) the positive.

    Assimilation into Scottish life and culture has been hampered by the obviousness of my American accent. It's not obnoxiously regional (sorry, fellow countrymen), more News Anchor American. Still. American. I hope it's my imagination all noise around me stops when I open my mouth, like a space alien has just spoken, causing jaws …

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That time again: The Man Booker Shortlist.

Lest you forget this is, at heart, a book blog, I'd like to interrupt the lovely Scotland talk to briefly address my annual love-hate rant about the Man Bookers. The shortlist's just come out, tripping the switch for my traditional snarky comments outlining all the reasons it's utterly ridiculous. I bitch and moan first, puffing …

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Daily Scotland: Settling In

  The familiarity gained from last year's three-month stay in Scotland's shortened the re-acquaintance process with life here. It already feels familiar walking to the market to pick up simple things like milk and bread. There's a small shop, a mini-mart we'd call it in the States, five minutes away. The nearest supermarket's further than …

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March in Review: Much more reading, many more books. That’s more like it.

I had faith March wouldn't let me down, unlike my crappy January and February. Lie: I had no such faith, but told myself things could hardly go further south. And there were no Olympics, no television distracting me. The TV reverted to its usual function: background noise for napping and covering the surface of my …

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