Birthday Ink

Thanks to the folks at Hudson River Tattoo, I got some birthday ink. They’re a friendly bunch with sweet doggies. The artist was Eric and man, he was fast as well as skilled. The v-rod and crescent is a recurring symbol in Pictish art (see the stone from the Knowe of Burrian in Harray below,…

New Ink

I realise I posted this on Facebook and Twitter but not here (multiple media streams is the key to success for writers, they tell me [insert rolling eyes]). So here it is and here’s a bit about the image of Akka. I bought the brooch at the National Museum in Helsinki. It’s just above the…

The Birthday Odyssey

The birthday week unfolded: Sunday friends gathered at WTs for drinks and cake (no, Gene, no one was fooled by your going off to the restroom — and taking your jacket). It was fairly quiet (amazingly enough) and I wasn’t facing any of the televisions, so that was good. Thanks to all who came out….