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CROSSANS ~ Hellraisers of Castlemilk

Storms of Fate

Pt. I - Crossans
Celtic Myths
My Family
Karrie Brigitte
Pt. II - Prologue
Sorrow's Journey
Living Years
Razor's Edge
Stark Raving Madness
Shattered Illusions
Storms of Fate
Pt. III - Preface
Ch.1 - Dublin
Ch.2 - Rose
Ch.3 - James
Ch.4 - Sons of the Gael
Ch.5 - Glasgow
Hellions' Crucible
Ch.6 - The Hellraisers
The Tale
A Scot's Farewell
Our Story
Love a Crossan
Pt. IV - Contact Me
Shrewish Tales
R U Daft?
California Kids
Happy New Year!



Struggling in the Storms of Fate…


Am I the Master of my Fate or simply its shackled slave?  Am I not the Captain at the helm of Destiny navigating my own course through this stormy sea of Life, or merely a hapless mariner cast adrift? 


“Are we mere leaves, fluttered hither and thither by the wind,

or are we rather, with every conviction  free agents, carried

steadily along to a definite and pre-determined end?”


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


The Universe is change



Our Lives

are what our thoughts make of it.


Marcus Aurelius


"A democracy is always temporary in nature;

 it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.

 A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover

they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.

 From that moment on, the majority always votes

for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury,

with the result that every democracy will finally collapse

 due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the

beginning of history, has been about 200 years.  During those 200

years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:


1.  From bondage to spiritual faith;

2.  From spiritual faith to great courage;

3.  From courage to liberty;

4.  From liberty to abundance;

5.  From abundance to complacency;

6.  From complacency to apathy;

7.  From apathy to dependence;

8.  From dependence back into bondage "


Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh,

 comments about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years ago.






The problem

of our age is the proper administration

of wealth, so that the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and the poor in harmonious relationship.


Andrew Carnegie





The Verdict

David Mamet





These are the times that try men's souls.


When my country,

into which I had just set my foot,

Was set on fire about my ears,

It was time to stir.

It was time for every man to stir.


Thomas Paine, "Common Sense"

US patriot & political philosopher

 (1737 - 1809)


A thing moderately good is not so good

 as it ought to be.

Moderation in temper is always a virtue,

But moderation in principle

is always a vice.


Thomas Paine,

"The Rights of Man", 1792




Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Those Rainy Days





Why are we Masters of our Fate, the Captains of our Souls?

Because we have the power to control our thoughts, our attitudes.


"Fate: how small a role you play in it.

Human Life

 Duration: momentary. Nature: changeable. Perception: dim.

Condition of Body: decaying. Soul: spinning around. Fortune: unpredictable.

Lasting Fame: uncertain.

Sum Up: The body and its parts are a river, the soul a dream and mist,

Life is warfare and a journey far from home, lasting reputation is oblivion. "


Marcus Aurelius









“The greatness comes not when things go always right for you.

But the greatness comes when you're really tested,

 when you take some knocks, some disappointments,

when sadness truly comes.

Because only if you've been in the deepest valley

 can you ever know how magnificent it is

to be on the highest mountain.”


Richard Nixon                                                                                    

Resignation on August 8, 1974 as 37th president of US (1913 - 1994)

 “Watergate” scandal.







We are of the tribe that asks questions,

and we ask them to the bitter end,

until no tiniest chance of hope remains

to be strangled by our hands.


 - Antigone






Mornie utúlië

Mornie alantië

May it be you

journey on
To light the day,
When the night

is overcome
You may rise to find
the sun.


A promise lives within you now.