A Final Charge?

(the second chapter of Shell Games)   A Final Charge?   Glass Connors was standing mere feet from Bonnie Prince Charlie on the last battlefield of the Jacobite Scots the moment the earth collapsed upon them all, at Culloden, on April 16, 1746. He survived the day, and longer, to eventually become a small part…

The Great Culture Clash of Helensburgh, Scotland

February 26, 2006  Saturday The day’s work in port over by three, I said I would go with Ferrari, a fellow sonar man, because I only wanted to pick a few things up in town, and be back at a good hour to be in shape for my trip to Edinburgh on Sunday.  Slowly I…

Searching for Scotland

February 24, 2006  Thursday My first look at the United Kingdom had to wait until this morning, although we had reached Land’s End (a fantastic name, the southwestern-most extension of England) and Cardiff to the north, yesterday.  My only view last night could be from the GPS in sonar that I have used to track…

Loosed Upon Caledonia

written February 27, 2006   Scotland has so far been little more than a tease to me, the slightest sliver of the country yet exposed, my time on the soil a mere few hours.  Today would be different, I knew it, and the rest did not matter.  Before the day was out I was to…

Shell Games

written February 2015   Shell Games Not many know this: Bonnie Prince Charlie’s heart, the slippery, pulsing piece of warm meat that propelled its perfumed, armored outer shell into leading the famous Scottish insurrection, now resides in a cathedral in Frascati, Italy. It happens to be in Italy and not Scotland because in 1746 the…

The Modern Jalapeno Popper

written February 11, 2006 Neil Young said in a recent issue of Rolling Stone that writing is all about being receptive. A song, he explained, can appear to him fully-formed, if only he is patient. In that way he receives songs more than writes them. If he is stuck for a lyric or stanza it…