There's something about this village. I feel pulled to Gaucin, bonded to it already, even after only two days, like I just might want to stay awhile, or forever. Perched high in the mountains, it's made of washed-white buildings dating back to the days of the Moors, with a ruined Roman castle watching over the whole thing. On a good day, the Rock of Gibraltar pops up in the distance, beyond the blue hillsides and green fields of Andalusia, Morocco beckoning from further off. The sun seems bright as an X-ray here, like you might be able to see bones beneath flesh if you peered hard enough, but the breeze is strong and the spring temperatures cool.
4/19/2018 09:51:16 am
"I was grounded
Ellis C. Barthe
4/19/2018 10:00:01 am
Sister Jill, Happy to hear you've come up on a little Isle of Respite. Rest yourself, if only for a precious few days. Then get after it. And remember, Brigadoon only appears out of the mist every hundred years. T'is a mortal's burden to dwell in the glare of too often seemily endless days of plodding through the much. Get after it and remember- READY... STEADY...
4/19/2018 11:20:10 pm
Do you not see how your very existence is a memorial to your brother? I never knew him, never learned of his existence until after he was gone. I have this image of him as a brilliant flame, a person worthy of love and respect and cruelly stolen by an unfortunate reality of our times and the broken system that peddles profits over cures.
4/20/2018 09:35:24 pm
I just love your writing Jill. You really know how to tell a story. Your brother would be so proud of you. <3
10/28/2018 08:41:29 am
Jill, there's no reason for me not to love your writing style. You brought us to the place you are referring to in this piece, and I felt like I was also there at the moment. I actually felt that I was also there! How I wish I also have the same skill so I could write well.On the other hand, I am happy to know that you were able to maximize the experience you can have in Brigadoon. You did soul searching there!
7/10/2022 09:25:50 am
This is a great post thaanks
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Jill Gleeson is a journalist based in the hills of western Pennsylvania. She is a current contributor to The Pioneer Woman, Country Living, Group Travel Leader, Select Traveler, Going on Faith, Wander With Wonder, Enchanted Living and State College Magazine, where her column, Rebooted, is featured monthly. Other clients have included