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Crystal Solstice Scotch Skull

March 20, 2016

Crystal Solstice Scotch Skull

I now have in my possession… a crystal skull!

A few years ago, I obtained my first bottle of Aberlour A’bunadh after discovering it at a scotch tasting which was a fundraiser for the local highland dance group. My bottle was from batch 14 (59.5%) Over the years, as the bottle’s contents diminished, I realized that eventually the bottle would be empty.

I began to think of a way to pay homage to the scotch in my life. I wanted a way to remember not only the bottle, but the memories of good times with friends and loved ones. Sometimes I have gained a bottle of scotch to mark a special occasion. As I mused about this,  I came upon a wonderful solution. I would blend my own special reserve bottle of scotch. Finding out about the crystal skull bottle made me decide to immerse myself in this nostalgic enterprise.

I purchased the skull on the night / morning of the lunar eclipse which occurred on Solstice. A week later, with the kind efforts of good friends, the bottle was emptied of its contents, rinsed, and made ready for its new purpose.

We poured a shot and a half of an 16 year old Lagavulin that had journeyed from Alberta. Then we added a shot of Ballantine’s blend that had been set aside by friends because we didn’t want the Lagavulin to be lonely or pretentious in its singularity. Upon returning home, I gave the ounce of  A’bunadh to the skull. Teacher’s Highland Malt was the first scotch that I drank, so I fed the skull a healthy two ounces in recognition of the roads traveled. Lastly, I added an ounce of a 14 year old Oban which was a gift from coworkers when I won the Canada Post award. My brother and I took a similar bottle with us on our Algonquin Park canoe trip.

Now those initial scotches will blend in the skull and over time, I will slowly add final drops of other scotches, giving the skull little sips of adventures and memories. Special occasions may warrant small additions, as well. In homeopathic medicine, molecules always remain in the dilute so the skull may always contain molecules of the original bottles of scotch. It is my magical pensieve.

So friends… I look forward to times when together we can share fun, laughter and memories while sipping from the crystal solstice scotch skull.



Blog (PFTC)

February 21, 2016

This image is fairly similar to the one that I used on the identity collage that I posted in January. PFTC means ‘peeled from the collage’. Every so often, I am going to write about one of the images that I used in the collage.

The image is a reminder to me that I want to blog regularly. Scattered across the internet are a few different blogs and websites that I started for different work, school and personal reasons. Most have dwindled away. Some served their purpose such as Catching the Nine O’ Clock Rainbow which was my very first blog. I created it as a work activity during four months in 2007.  We tried out a variety of online sites and applications and then wrote about them in our own personal blogs. In the blog, I wrote about wanting to continue it after the work assignment but then I posted about the death of our dog, Rags.  It was hard to go back to the blog for quite a while after that post. Many of the links throughout the blog are now broken. However, some of the content may be things that I write more about here on this new blog.

So here I am, over six years later, after a few false starts, returning to regular blogging. My commitment is to posting at a minimum of once a week. I hope to average a blog post every three days. Let’s see how I do.

Identity Collage

January 24, 2016

Identity Collage 2013

I built this collage just over three years ago, but it remains a focus for me during 2016. During this year, I will take some time and update my identity collage. I first created an identity collage years ago when I was taking an anthropology course. [If you have never taken an anthro course, I would strongly encourage you to try one. I found it to be a very rewarding course. It helped me put many things into perspective.]

I made the image by layering pictures overtop and beside each other in a powerpoint slide and then I saved the resulting collage. It includes pictures representing my past, present and future. It was fun to make.

It took me a bit to decide what link to share with this blog post. Then I remembered this wonderful clip of Hary Chapin answering some questions from the audience. Harry’s advice, in words and song, has been very important to me. (Erickson and others too, of course, but we’ll save them for another day.)  As I look at my life, pause, reflect, aim for the future and share this with you… Harry’s words seem perfect for this post…

Down the road,  look for “Peeled from the Collage” blog posts where I will take one of the images and explain why I used it on my identity collage.