A Rainy Friday


We left Lochboisdale for Orasay this morning in a driving rain. We were hoping it would let up enough for us to continue our work, but once we arrived on site it was obvious we were in for a very wet day. It was decided we would tour the local South Uist museum and cultural heritage center, have some hot tea, and generally recover from the non-stop pace we’ve kept up since we left the United States.

At the same time, I didn’t feel much like working today given that last night around 11PM local time I received word that my Uncle had passed away. Uncle Steve was an amazing man and I loved him dearly. Thinking about his life and the positive impact he had on me, I began to consider all the other people I’ve lost and how each of them had given me some small part of their better selves to incorporate into my own life.  I thought of my Father, Sister, Grandparents, Cousins, Aunts and Uncles, and oh so many friends I’ve lost along the way.

I thought of my friend and archaeological mentor, Dr. John Cottier, who left a huge void in my life when he passed away unexpectedly last summer. Just Tuesday I used a Suunto compass he gave me as a graduation present when I left Auburn. I carry it on every field trip, and I always think of him as I use it to orient myself in an unfamiliar place. His compass and the North Star are the two things I need to help me know where I am, what is truly important, and where I most need to be…


I encourage all of you to lift a glass in honor of my Uncle Steve and everyone you have lost who helped you find your own path through this world. May their souls forever be at peace.

2 thoughts on “A Rainy Friday

  1. Thank you for sharing your experience in Scotland and the beautiful pictures. So very sorry to hear about the loss of your Uncle. May you and your family find peace in the memories left behind.


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