Photo of Lerwick, Shetland Islands, by Andrew J. Shearer, photographer
Let's get this year started!
by James A. McQuiston, FSAScot
Editor/Publisher, Celtic Guide
Those of us in the northern climes are still, in some cases, climbing out of snowbanks. Erie, PA, which is just down the road from me, had over five feet of snow in just a couple of days, creating a state of emergency.
But the days are growing longer already, gaining about a minute of sunlight a day. This is the time to hunker down and take care of round-to-it projects before the beautiful spring weather draws us back outdoors.
I've been AWOL from this page for a few weeks due to the holidays, the storms, and a lot of activity around my Oak Island books. Been doing book presentations and signings, and in fact I have one coming up at a Barnes Noble, and another coming up at a Freemason's Lodge.
Also, I've been in constant contact with Oak Island historians working to research several different specific clues.
Meanwhile, I'm about to start a book on an entirely different subject, so I better get busy before the ice starts melting.
We're featuring a brand new writer with this update of the Guide. His name is Craig Waltman, and he writes about a ghostly encounter in Aberdeen, Scotland, and a couple other entertaining subjects. You'll find a link to his stories under New Stuff!
Also, Alison promises a new article soon. And this update should see some additions made to the other tab catergories above.
By posting new articles, and reposting older articles directly to this web site, versus a pdf format, we are creating a massive searchable library of Celtic culture. Meanwhile, our Facebook page is still in recovery from being sabotaged, but showing signs of improvement. Thank you to all who participate there.
The process has been a little slow since I was busy writing two books on the Oak Island mystery in 2017, along with publishing another shorter work early in the year. (For those interested, these book titles are Oak Island 1632 (my recommendation), Oak Island Missing Links (also packed full of good info), and Patrick's Run, my first historical fiction about a real life Irish hero of the War of 1812, and ultimately of the anti-death penalty community, being executed for a crime he didn't commit, while deaf, aging, and living a subsistence-level existence.
I have posted a new link under the New Stuff! tab, which will become a series on Celtic music, and which I have called "Roots and Rhythms," and I will be posting regular columns in this series. I just added a new one today.
Also, you may have notice that I've added the typical Social Media icons for emailing us and for getting to our Facebook page. They are at the right just below the search window. Replacing the Facebook tab across the top of the page will be an entirely new category helping the reader access what the experts have to say. In a few cases, we've had what might be considered the world's expert on subjects. In others, we've had substantial scientific professionals providing some amazing information. I've decided they need their own tab. Watch for additions here as time allows.