Well, we've come to the end of our third year. It has been an interesting journey and at left you will find our 36th issue, our December "Gifts" issue. We have allowed our contributors free rein to submit creative efforts and tales that deal with Celtic culture. Our feature story is about a singer-songwriter from Austria with a decidedly Celtic twist to her music. Some of her songs are posted under the Free Music tab above. The cover to your left will take you to the newest issue, and to all the 2014 issues. ALL earlier issues can be accessed using the tabs above.
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We began out third year with 42,082 website hits on our counter and have jumped to 60,523 as of this December upload. We should end the year with about 62,000. Also, we recently went over 14,000 Facebook 'likes'!
And now we're about to enter our fourth year!
Some recent developments include your friendly editor and chief, Jim McQuiston, being nominated as a "Fellow" in the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. This group of historians began in 1780 and is the oldest such group in Scotland. By the beginning of December we'll know officially, but two indicators seem to point to this becoming a reality.
Also, Jim will most likely be part of a panel of speakers, in 2015, who will appear in larger cities to speak on various subjects, but most especially on "Templar Treasures in America." Stay tuned for more information on this.
And be sure to check out the music videos and song files from the new album "Hero" by Austria's Celtic music great, SEM (Sandra Elizabeth Mae) under our Free Music tab, or on Youtube. Her ten-song CD is available on iTunes and Amazon. There are many other great Celtic musicians who have offered examples of their work, at no cost, to Celtic Guide readers.
Plus, we've had authors, photographers, and illustrators from the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Portugal, Poland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. With this, we are covering pretty much the entire Celtic World in some respect or another. We've also been helpful to people in South Africa, Chile, and Romania. In December, we've added Austria to the list! People from fifteen countries, in all, have participated in our little adventure called the Celtic Guide.
This December issue is our 36th issue – all of them celebrating Celtic heritage, and all available free using the tabs above. We certainly hope you enjoy our all-volunteer efforts!