Castles, Haggis, exercise

Most of the once-proud castles (Oban above) have been abandoned and their ruins dot the landscape and sheep are grazing within their walls.  Dorothy Vestal's family castle still stands; the McKinstrys- on the other hand- must have been true to the meaning of their name- vagabond/traveler/sojourner.  McKinstrys own a garbage service in Ulster, N. Ireland- maybe that will have to do rather than a castle. Campbell, as in Alexander and Thomas- is a really major clan name in Argyll where they owned nearly every castle at one time or another.  I've tried Haggis (sheeps internal organs ground up with oatmeal and cooked in a sheep's stomach) and black pudding (made of pig's blood) and despite my Scottish ancestory I can do without both for the remiander of my stay here. The golden colored mashed turnips and mashed potatoes served with the Haggis were good and plentiful- about 3 lbs. of food I'm estimating. At home I have the fossil jawbone of a sheep-like mammal that grazed in what is now South Dakota before humans walked on the earth.  Although Scotland is old when  compared to the "European" civilization in North America, even the entire length of civilization is but a moment compared to God's time.- like a watch in the night once daylight has come. The Bible speaks of kingdoms and tribes, but such language is archaic to us, so we must use different metaphors to try to convey the reality of God's power in creation and our partnership with God as God continues to create.  I love that statement by the United Church of Christ: "God is still speaking, (comma)"  It is odd how looking back at scientific and cultural history through aeons of time helps us know the presence of God in this moment.  I suppose that any experince which enlarges our vision must bring us closer to God since God is the truth at the core of all things. In my meditations and in my daily sightseeing, and just riding on the train, I'm getting more in touch with the present moment.  I've arrived in Edinburgh and lugged my bags around for an hour to get to the B&B, so I've had my exercise and I'm headed out for lunch. Blessings

John

John