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A quick,personal tour of Orkney during a 3 week architectural grad program in 2005 … an amazing and wonderful place …wonderful folks….great music!

If you’ve seen the animated Pixar/Disney film, “Brave,” which is set in a fantasy medieval Scotland, you’ve heard the voice of Scottish folk singer Julie Fowlis. She sings mainly in the Gaelic language — or Gallic, as they say in Scotland — and had a surprise hit in the UK a few years back with her version of the Beatles’ “Blackbird.” Fowlis is devoted to the preservation and celebration of Scotland’s Celtic culture, which stills exists in the Highlands and the islands of the far north, where she grew up. In this “Quick Hits” video, Fowlis performs “Tha Mo Ghaol Air Àird” (“My Love is on the High Seas”), accompanied by her Irish husband Eamon Doorley (playing a bouzouki) and fiddler Duncan Chisholm. This was the song that Disney used in its first trailer for “Brave,” evoking a timeless, mystical feeling. It’s a traditional Celtic lament, the story of a woman whose lover is far away at sea, but as Fowlis says, this one has an unexpected happy ending. While Fowlis sings, she holds her month-old daughter, Niamh. We filmed this intimate performance as part of our story about Julie Fowlis for the PBS series, “Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders.” Produced by The Talbot Players and KQED, San Francisco. Bob Calo, producer Derek Lartaud, editor Robert Goldsborough, camera Lupe Mejia, sound Julie Fowlis’ official website Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders

Events Guide
– White Rock Trad Jazz Society presents three-hour concert/dance events Sunday afternoons at Crescent Beach Legion with house band Red Beans & Rice, 3-6 p.m. at 2643 128th St., South Surrey. Admission: $8/10. Call 604-591-7275 or 604-536-1567, online at

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The ‘Real’ deal: Joni Steele Kimberlin’s new film gives voice to ‘wise women’
Film maker and Greenwich resident Joni Steele Kimberlin has a new film premiering in New York City this evening at the Soho International Film Festival: “Get Real! Wise Women Speak.”

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By Debbie Caldwell., North Shore News April 15, 2011 6:06 AM Artists for Kids Gallery: 810 West 21st St., North Vancouver. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Info: 604-903-3798 or www.artists4kidscom.

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With a setting on the beautiful West Coast of the Scottish Highlands just south of Oban in Argyll, with views from every bedroom across Asknish Bay, visitors to the hotel experience luxury accommodation and fine dining with fresh, local produce, all in a tranquil coastal setting that is the ideal base for hillwalking, sailing, fishing and exploring the West Highlands. The hotel offers ideal weekend, short break getaways, and extended stay holidays throughout the year and is child and pet friendly. Ground floor bedrooms are available for those with accessibility issues.

Feeling stressed, but don’t have much time to relax?  Why not try some quick relaxation strategies!  Below you’ll find a few simple, soothing ideas to help you relax quickly and promote inner peace and harmony in no time.

(1) Breathe Deeply – When stressed, we take shallow, rapid breaths which trigger the body’s stress response.  Taking even one or two slow, deep breaths will help to activate your body’s relaxation response.  When practicing deep breathing, be sure to expand your belly before your chest as you breathe in slowly through your nose and then slowly exhale out through your mouth.

(2) Take Time Out for Tea –  Tea is known for its healing properties and the warmth of hot tea is very soothing to the body.  When we drink it, we take time to slow down and become mindful.  Mindfulness, living fully in the present moment without regretting the past or worrying about the future, is a great stress reliever.  For an added boost try Chamomile tea which is known for its calming effects.

(3)  Slip Into a Warm Bath – The warmth of the bath soothes the body and its solitude gives us an opportunity to relax and go within.  Make your bath extra special with candlelight and relaxing music such as Enya’s Shepherd Moons CD.  Adding Epsom Salt, which contains magnesium, will also calm your nervous system and help you sleep.

(4)  Discover Aromatherapy – The calming effects of herbal Lavender have been prized for centuries.  Add just a couple drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath or a scent diffuser and let the soothing begin.  For more information on Aromatherapy, check out “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” by Valerie Ann Worwood.

(5)  Create a Gratitude Journal – Journaling can be a great stress management tool.  To create a Gratitude Journal, choose a journal that you like and every evening write down five things for which you are grateful.  This creates a positive focus and helps you to realize all that you have to be thankful for.

(6)  Choose a Cue – Cue-controlled or “anchor” relaxation is about choosing a sign in your daily environment to serve as a signal to yourself to relax.  This can be anything from a sticker you place on your phone at work to a piece of artwork you see frequently.  When you see your cue, simply take a couple of deep, calming breaths and do a quick body scan.  If you notice that you are holding tension anywhere (for example, your shoulders), consciously notice the tension as you inhale through your nose and release the tension as you exhale through your mouth.

(7)   Let Nature Nurture – Why not try a walking meditation on your lunch hour or anytime you need a break?  On your walk, be sure to really notice all of the sights, sounds and smells around you.  Taking note of nature’s amazing beauty and abundance promotes serenity and will help make any problems you are facing seem smaller and less severe.  

For more great tips on stress management, relaxation and wellness as well as complete deep breathing instructions, be sure to visit my website at   Always remember, the purpose of life is joy!

“Terri Marshall, CHSMS is a Relaxation Therapist, Certified Stress Management Specialist, Therapeutic Guided Imagery Practitioner & Wellness Coach. She is the owner of Tranquility Bay Relaxation Therapy and Wellness Coaching in Annapolis, Maryland and specializes in individual Relaxation Therapy sessions and Therapeutic Guided Imagery sessions combined with Wellness Coaching. Terri is also available for telephone consultations and Tranquility Bay gift certificates are available. She can be reached at”

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