Tag Archives: Sabbatical

Old buildings and modern people

This entry is part 27 of 36 in the series Sabbatical.

I continued my personal down time by driving to London for a week of exploring old buildings. We tourists come to see the glory of architectural history and want things to stay the same as much as possible, forgetting that most of these very old buildings are still being used… More

Ancestral roots in Paisley, Scotland

This entry is part 26 of 36 in the series Sabbatical.

I’m in the part of my sabbatical now where the board suggested taking some personal time, so this is a lengthy post about a visit to the home of my ancestors. In late April 1821 John Neilson and Arthur Lang, along with their spouses and four children each, joined with… More

Edinburgh: Castles, churches and cellars

This entry is part 25 of 36 in the series Sabbatical.

Edinburgh’s closes If you lived in Edinburgh more than, say, 300 years ago, chances are good that you’d have lived a pretty miserable life. You, your spouse, and your eight to ten kids would be living in a one room house in a tenement situated on a close. A close… More

Easter in London

This entry is part 24 of 36 in the series Sabbatical.

St. Paul’s Cathedral Bright and early, I was on my way back to St. Paul’s. I wanted to celebrate Easter at a place that has had continuous church services on the site since 604 AD (to be clear, that is 604, not 1604). I imagined thousands of people attending, and… More

Saturday in London

This entry is part 23 of 36 in the series Sabbatical.

Upon leaving South Africa I entered a new phase of my sabbatical. Various board members suggested that about one-third of the sabbatical should be ‘down-time,’ and I thought part of that time should be while I’m overseas. So for the next two weeks or so, I am using my time… More