Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I'm A Guest on a Medical History Blog

Tomorrow March 16, I'm a guest blogger on Redwood's Medical Edge, a blog that features historical medical information.

It's Jordyn Redwood's site, and like me, she's a nurse who uses her medical experience in her writing.

Recent stories have featured organ donors, stories about brain injuries, what happens in a morgue and other interesting subjects that writers need to learn about.

So come and check it out tomorrow or this weekend. I'll be talking about the medicinal uses of plants and some of my historical research for the my first novel, A Secret Hope.

I'll be giving away a copy of my book if there are at least 10 comments so come by and check it out!

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Celtic Cross

St. Patrick is credited with the creation of the Celtic Cross, or what is also called a High Cross of Ireland. The circle represents the Celtic "wheel", a symbol of the sun. A perfect circle is also an ancient symbol representing eternity. It's said that Patrick transposed the sunwheel on the Christian cross just as he led many druids to the Lord and consecrated them into service as priests.

The origins of the Celtic Cross date to the 5th century and is known throughout the world as a symbol of Celtic Christianity. I have decided to use the Celtic cross as a personal "brand" and motif. I especially love this particular Celtic cross.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

St. Patrick

Since St. Patrick's Day falls in March and because Patrick is a character in my recently published e-book, A Secret Hope, I thought I'd do a couple posts on him.

There are many myths regarding Patrick, embellished over the centuries, partially because after potatoes and alcohol, the Irish love nothing better than  a good story!

I imagine most people think of Patrick looking like this saintly icon. However, in my story, Patrick is a living, breathing, very human man. I picture him looking something like the second photo.

Most people don't know that Patrick was not Irish. He was Romano-British, born into a culture that began in 43 AD with the Roman conquest of Britain.

Over the following 400 years, Roman soldiers and their families met and intermarried with people from the various British tribes, under the rule of the
Roman Empire.

At the age of 16 Patrick was abducted by a
group of Irish sea-raiders and taken across the
sea to Ireland, where he worked as a slave for
6 years before making his escape back home.

Patrick had Roman blood. Therefore I like to think that he very likely had dark eyes and hair, and possibly a large nose.

Christianity was present in Ireland before Patrick returned as an adult to preach the Gospel. Britain and Ireland raided each other's coasts continually for slaves and booty and some of these captives were Christians. But it was Patrick who truly lived, preached, and spread the Good News.

Patrick is credited with the creation of the Celtic Cross, the subject of my next post.