Welcome to my blog! I’m an American who has made her home in Scotland. I grew up mainly in Portland, Oregon. My professional background is academic: I studied and later lectured in French and Women’s Studies. After living in Connecticut and Illinois, my husband (who is an Irish-Ukranian Brit) and I came to Scotland in 1992. I taught and worked at the University of Aberdeen for 20 years. I also had the opportunity to study Gaelic for four years, which I can speak with some degree of fluency.
I’m blessed to have a great family. My husband still makes me laugh after more than 25 years of marriage. Our children are both Scots. Our (adopted) son is now grown up and lives in Edinburgh. In my blog I call our (biological) daughter “the Dafter,” after her perfectly logical mispronunciation of the word “daughter” – like “laughter” – when she was learning to read. Sadly she fell ill in September 2011 and has since been diagnosed with severe ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I’m now her full-time carer. Very luckily we’re a close and happy family. We enjoy each other’s company and are determined to be as positive as we can be in helping her recover.
When I began my blog, I had been publishing poems and short stories for several years in Scottish literary magazines and anthologies. I was particularly interested in questions of identity, belonging, adoption, cultural differences, faith and parenting. My writing life is currently on hold, but I hope someday to have the opportunity to write again. I love gardening, walking, Gaelic, knitting, and listening to Scottish accents. Before my daughter fell ill I was very involved in church life, as I am an ordained Elder of the Church of Scotland. (This does not mean, however, that I don’t still have many questions!) In all indoor activities, I am ably assisted by our sweet cat, Tilly.
For fellow members of Ravelry, my username is “tefighe” (pronounced chay-FEE-a) which means “she who knits” in Gaelic.