Author: Deb Segelitz

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We’ve moved! After months of waiting it all happened in a bit of a rush, but we are now moved and mostly unpacked (one box to go). The rooms look less like storage bunkers...

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The wind is whistling and moaning today, as it has done for the last few days. Winter in the Highlands can often be breezy and occasionally hide-under-the-bed stormy; the present gale falls into the...

Jimmy, contemplating the sea after we had a friendly chat.

“You wanna fight me?  Eh?” This unexpected but earnest question was asked of my husband a few years ago as he waited at the bus stop in a nearby village.  Recognizing the man as...

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There’s someone I would like you to “meet”.  It’s our friend Al, who is one of those “everyday heroes” you hear about, quietly living his life, helping others without asking for anything in return,...

A hospital 'selfie' taken before Sem's inconclusive kidney biopsy.  We are smiling but our eyes tell the truth.

When I started writing for A News Cafe it was my intention to focus on village life, local residents, and the history and culture of the Highlands, with my “personal” life coming second.  Recently,...

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Happy Spring!  Even in the far north of Scotland there are signs of spring everywhere; buds forming, birdie-love rampant in the bushes and trees, the first tiny lamb sightings, and the eagerly-awaited longer daylight...

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Building friendships can be difficult in a small village where families go back generations and nearly everyone is related. Unless you were born here, or at least somewhere in the Highlands, you will forever...

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A while ago my husband and I noticed that our oven/stove combo (called a “cooker” here) was starting to fail. One side of anything that went into the oven would be burnt nearly to...