We’re back! Stay tuned for upcoming posts on things like driving stories, travel tips, restaurant, lodging and attraction reviews, Outlander tour ideas, whiskey (whisky) sampling results, favorite close-ups and vistas, Gaelic language lessons, pleasant surprises, and oodles of images from two weeks spent exploring the land of Scots and so much more.
Alba gu brath!
November 2016 update: Posts of our Scotland excursion are linked below, through the far-right, top-menu tab “Scotland,” and on thePhilosofishal home page.
An Outlander Tourist in Scotland, Part 4 – the story of my trip planning process, snapshots of planned vs. actual itinerary, summary of our experience, and reflections on improvements (posted March 11, 2017)
Wildlife TV Programs This Week – a heads-up for Wild Scotland on NatGeoWild. See the end section about select Scotland nature and wildlife tourism options with brief descriptions and links to resources. (posted March 27, 2017)
Review: Slainte Scotland Outlander Tour + Outlander Tourism Resources – (a.k.a. part 5) our Outlander tour and Slainte Scotland company review, notes on OL sites we visited alone, profiles of most popular OL filming sites, list of 40 OL filming sites, resources for OL book and inspiration sites, other OL tour company links, articles on the show, plus how to survive Droughtlander (posted April 11, 2017)
An Outlander Tourist in Scotland, Part 6, the final post in the OL tourism series, focused on Scottish and more general travel tips and resources, based on our Scotland trip experiences (posted June 15, 2017)
It’s a new series of weekly posts featuring choice phrases in English! I hope you enjoy them. This first one surrounds the theme of politics in poetry.
Favorite phrases from poems peppered with politics:
"when lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd"
- "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" by Walt Whitman
(an elegy for the fallen President Lincoln)
"something there is that doesn't love a wall"
- "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost
"Their pain cries down the noise of poetry."
- "The Foreign Gate" by Sidney Keyes
"the glittering neutrality / of clock and chocolate
and lake and cloud"
- "The Country of a Thousand Years of Peace" by James Merrill
(Can you guess which country he means?)
"like Caesar's Gaul, I feel divided"
- "Driving Myself to a Poetry Reading" by Billy Collins
Here’s to slam poetry, graffiti & public murals, dystopian fiction, palace architecture, subversive songs, documentary films, satirical cartoons, great political speeches, politician mimicry, national anthems, spy movies, biopics, creative protests, conflict-zone journalism, eloquent cries for freedom, superhero comics–in short, creative efforts that address, dismiss, laud, mock, or simply use the world’s governors, power mongers, and citizens in the making of true art.
As some of the excerpts above illustrate, the personal is often political, the political often personal.
Live long and multiply, Free Expression . . . and Love, Truth, Justice, Beauty.
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