Through the Realms: Tales from Isle of Skye

Through the Realms: Tales from Isle of Skye
It’s been a busy summer, but we’re excited to be back and grateful for all your support and emails as ATG continues to evolve! 
“To visit Skye is to make a progress into the dark backward and abysm of time. You turn your back on the present, and walk into antiquity. You see everything in the light of ossian, as in the light of a mournful sunset.”  –Alexander Smith, A Summer in Skye (1865)

A summer trip to Skye does wonders for the soul, drawing one into a state of meditative awe at the vast expanse of uninhabited land and transporting one into a strangely fascinating, other-worldly realm that seems to exist outside of time.

Siloed from the world by limited technology, you become unaware of – and uninterested in – anything but the magnificent display of nature’s grandeur unfolding before you: sheep-dotted hills, jagged peaks, “velvet moors, sparkling lochs and towering sea cliffs” cast their spell, suspending you in a timeless wonder. Read more

Sooo Good Breakfast Bread

Sooo Good Breakfast Bread
It’s been a busy summer, but we’re excited to be back and grateful for all your support and emails as ATG continues to evolve! 
“The dictionary makes little distinction between hunger and appetite, but we tend to understand that hunger is the need to eat, almost entirely physical, while appetite is the desire to eat, stimulated by smell, sight, or the memory of certain foods or even the desire to satisfy emotional needs. Hunger indicates necessity; weakness is the result if it is unsatisfied. Appetite has more to do with interest and allure. When the two are combined we have someone very ready to eat. The problem is to keep them away from the bread.”  —Taken from the book Life is Meals by James and Kay Salter

Below is a recipe from the Inn at Sunrise Point on the Maine coast for a hearty, chewy, and satisfying bread that is perfect for morning toast and adds an extra specialness to an otherwise ordinary breakfast of scrambled or fried eggs.*

Layered with sweet cream butter and fresh blueberry, raspberry, or strawberry jam, this special homemade multi-grain bread is hard to stay away from! Read more

Isle of Skye’s Old Man Storr

Isle of Skye’s Old Man Storr
It’s been a busy summer, but we’re excited to be back and grateful for all your support and emails as ATG continues to evolve! 

It happens naturally in the ascent, to shed the duties and disappointments that weigh one down in daily living. At the summit, one is rewarded with a lightness of being. A step and a glance up, a step and a glance up, the breathing becomes deep and rhythmic, and listening, I no longer know where I am or where I came from. But I know that I have become enfolded in the immense green beauty of this ancient mountain in a surreal landscape, and that I am where I should be. I understand that it is not about power. For here alone, there is no need of power. On top now, I am free to just be…in the warm golden glow of an early summer evening. This is nature’s gift to those in search of truth and beauty. Read more

Thinker Thoughts: “iGen”

It’s been a busy summer, but we’re excited to be back and grateful for all your support and emails as ATG continues to evolve! 
We’re delving back into our Thinker Thoughts this week, bringing you an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal book review entitled, “An Aversion to Adulting” (August 24, 2017). The book under review is Jean M. Twenge’s iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood: 

More than any other influence, technology is central to understanding this generation’s experience. Across all races and classes, they spend, on average, six hours a day with new media. Ms. Twenge is not indulging in hyperbole when she tells us that this is the first generation (those born between 1995-2012) that prefers virtual to real relationships. ‘With the advent of social media and smartphones, teens’ social lives shifted decisively away from in-person interaction. They spend much less time with their friends in person than teens in previous decades did.’

Thus they don’t date as much or hang out with their friends as often. Yet they don’t spend their time reading in any serious or systematic way either. Indeed, they are ‘much less likely to read books than their Millennial, GenX, and Boomer predecessors,’ Ms. Twenge writes. Their academic skills lag behind those of millennials by ‘significant margins’, and they are ‘less informed’ about current events.”

Keep thinking with our previous Thinker Thoughts on:
ethical principles
social media behavior
likability vs. status
civil discourse
homo prospectus
names and identities
lifelong learners
star sanctuaries
artificial intelligence
the intellectual life
learning from early humans
and the importance of generosity of spirit
“Thinker Thoughts” is an initiative intended to help us THINK more deeply and deliberately amid the hurried pace of life’s existence. Every Friday, we’re posting our “Thinker Thoughts”, a short quote to reflect on from a recent commentary. Give it a think and let us know your thinker thoughts!