New York Times on the Scottish Educational System

Lauren Neilson, a biology teacher at the Bishopbriggs Academy, helped students with a science experiment (photo, NY Times)

Education has always been one of the central values of my life.

Two of my five grandchildren, to my great sadness, but to their greatest benefit are enjoying for a number of years the blessings of the Scottish educational system. Unlike Romanian children, including my other three grandchildren, Lisa and Marcus are enjoying school tremendously and every time I see them I can observe their growth in maturity, intellectually, emotionally, and character-wise.

New York times has just published an interesting article about the Scottish educational system, starting from the story of Bishopbriggs Academy (see HERE the vision, values and aims of the school), which is located not too far from the school where our grand daughter studies.

I paste below a few excerpts from this article. Continue reading “New York Times on the Scottish Educational System”

John Drane – Scotland: a new spiritual vision

John Drane explores a new spiritual vision for Scotland.

The first thing to say is that Scotland is not the same as England! We have different legal, educational, and healthcare systems from our nearest neighbours, and soon we might even be a foreign country. Our churches are also different.

Anglicans are Scottish Episcopalians. The national church, the Church of Scotland, is Presbyterian. And whatever you do, don’t confuse the Free Church of Scotland with the Free Churches in England! But the challenges and opportunities with which our churches are wrestling are the same as everywhere else in the developed countries of the western world. Continue reading “John Drane – Scotland: a new spiritual vision”

Animated Story of St. Andrew – Scottish version


Thanks to my friend Charles Twombly for the link.

Oban, Scotland – Music in the Pub


In July 2011, I was involved, with a group of friends in a Celtic Trail, a pilgrimage at the roots of Celtic Spirituality.
We stopped for the night in the port city of Oban, the gate to the Hebrides, on our way to Iona.
In the evening, I went with two colleagues for a walk by the sea.
On the way back we have heard music from a pub, we entered, got a beer, and enjoyed the pleasant surprise. Here is just a glimpse of it.