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Diaspora - 15 February 2019

How's the Weather?


I sit here on our farm in Kansas, with the wind blowing - again, and the snow falling - again, and wonder what the weather is like in Scotland?  After all, we hear it isn't so pleasant.  But after a very long winter in Kansas, I wonder if it is any better in Scotland?  (My friend Barb Duff thinks I am a wuss... she and her husband, John, live in Ontario, Canada where the winters are unspeakable.)

So here's a photo from the news today in Kansas:

WIBW Weather


And what of the weather in Scotland?  Well, if traveling, you might check out this great page that will give you all the information you need to know about the weather: 


But know that the page starts off with the following information:  "We've all heard plenty of jokes about the Scottish weather - but most of them aren't true! Scotland's climate is actually quite moderate and very changeable, although on occasion we get really hot or really cold weather. As the old Scottish saying goes, 'there's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!'


The website even has a great section of Did you Know!


  • In Scotland, we have an old proverb that goes, 'today's rain is tomorrow's whisky.'
  • * Strong winds driving in from the Atlantic and North Sea make the Outer Hebrides and Sutherland a paradise for windsurfers. 
  • * The eastern part of the country, from Inverness across to Aberdeenshire and down to Angus, Fife and the Lothians, enjoys an annual rainfall that is actually similar to (or less than) New York, Barcelona, Rome or even Rabat in Morocco. 
  • * The long daylight hours means that you could play a round of golf in the middle of the night on Orkney and Shetland. 
  • * Long dark winter nights are the best time to see amazing constellations of stars at Scotland's designated Dark Sky areas. 
  • * The Gulf Stream brings warm winds to Scotland's west coast. You can find palm trees in the Highland coastal town of Plockton. 
  • * Dundee is Scotland's sunniest city, with an average of 1,523 hours of sunshine per year.

Thank you to the website for their information!





Diaspora - 14 February 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!  My husband made me heart-shaped pancakes for. breakfast.  I bought him a burial plot (cheap... true story)!  Well, I really didn't buy it as a Valentine's Day gift, it just happened to be purchased on this day.  But there you have it.  We are both very thoughtful.  Right?heart


Just about time to kick off Elections for the annual Clan MacFarlane Worldwide, INC.  Board of Directors.  So if you are considering running for the Board, we will be kicking it off very soon.  In the meantime, the Board of Directors met last night, and the Elections committee put forth a recommended change to the CMW Bylaws.  It was quite simple, really.  The Bylaws had a pen and ink error, and the Committee asked for a simple change to correct the information.

Section 8.1.7 (8) Election Committee Currently reads:

“E-mail ballots to each eligible voting member on August11, and close the voting at 11:59 p.m., Central Standard Time September 12.” 

Motion to change the wording should read:

“E-mail ballots to each eligible voting member on August11, and close the voting at 12:00 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time on September 11.” 


The Board discussed and approved the motion.  The Bylaws will now reflect what the Committee has done every year.


So now, you might ask yourself why you did not vote on this measure?  Well, if it is a simple pen and ink change, the Board does what it is tasked to do, conduct the business for CMW.  However, if it is a major addition or change to how CMW conducts business, then a vote is taken to the voting members.


CMW is an all-volunteer 501c3 corporation.  Please consider volunteering your time.  Elections will kick off with nominations very soon!


 CMW Globe

Diaspora - 13 Feb 2019: Superstitions in Scotland

Are you superstitious?  Do you wear the same pair of shoes for an interview that you consider lucky?  What do you do if you see a black cat?  It appears superstitions are universal, and the Scots have their very own.


I have an entire book of Scottish superstitions.  So I thought I would just share one or two of them here today.  Taken from "Scottish Superstitions" by Raymond Lamont-Brown, 1993.


Nuns are considered lucky if you see three of them walking together.  The opposite is true if you see 3 Monkey Puzzle Trees in the same day.   So, ok.  I think I would consider myself "blessed" if I was in the presence of nuns, but triply blessed if there were 3 of them together.  But a Monkey Puzzle Tree?  First, other than hearing about this tree in the "Ghost and Mrs. Muir" movie as well as the TV show from several generations ago, I have no idea what a Monkey Puzzle Tree is or what one looks like.


The Araucaria araucana , rather the Monkey Puzzle tree, or the Monkey Tail tree, or the pinonero, or Chilean pine is an evergreen.  It grows as wide as 1-1.5 mt (3-5 ft) and as tall as 30-40 m (100-130 ft).  It must be fairly hardy because it appears to live a very long time and is called "living fossil."  You can certainly read more about a Monkey Puzzle tree on Wikipedia here: But I'll include a few photos just in case you want to watch out for all the Monkey Puzzle trees you DON'T want to see in one day.  Horrors!

440px Araucaria en Parque Nacional Conguillio

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