Battle of the Brothers: Brotherly love in Outlander episode 212

Written by: Janet Reynolds


Leon Tolstoy wrote famously in Anna Karenina "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." We saw this in spades in the Outlander season 2 episode, "The Hail Mary," where we have the Battle of the Brothers on the eve of the Culloden Moor disaster. In one corner, we have Alex Randall and his brother, Jonathan Wolverton Randall aka BJR, and in the other, the McKenzie brothers, Colum and Dougal, who have been going at it one way or the other since season one. Each sets the tone in different ways for a finale of heartbreak.

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[Relatively] LIVE Blog: Episode 2.12 - "The Hail Mary"

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourself obsessively gabbing on about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach - you are not alone.

Good news - we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy.

Now let the show begin... well, sort of.  Disclaimer after the jump.
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What happened to the sex in Outlander season two?

Written By: Janet Reynolds



We all knew when we started Season 2 of Outlander that eventually we would have to face #Droughtlander — that long interminable break while Ron D. Moore et al work their magic to create Season 3. What we did not realize was that we were going to have to live through #SexDroughtlander as well.

Yes, after a groundbreaking Season 1, a season in which we actually saw sex from a woman's point of view (!) and the development of how a healthy sex life can be a critical part of a relationship between equals (!), we have now been subjected to, well, not much of anything. Which leaves me asking the question I think I can safely say thousands of Outlander fans around the world are asking: When did Outlander become Everybody Loves Raymond?
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Shouldn't We Tell Stories Realistically?

Written by: Emem Uko


Nothing is good about rape. It leaves victims in horrible psychological states. Even when the outward effects, such as bruises are healed, inwardly, only the victim can gauge the level of damage from which he or she suffers continuously . Knowing how deeply traumatizing rape is to people who have experienced it, and the possibility that they would painfully relive the experience when viewed on television, is it necessary for Outlander to portray that act so realistically? Will minimizing the harshness of the perpetrator and the suffering of the victim be better for viewers? Or will narrating the story as opposed to showing the gruesome act be best?
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Episode 2.11 Re-Cap – “Vengeance is Mine” – Living on a Prayer, Sweet Revenge and Gabaldon’s Triumph

Written by: Anne Gavin


What I really want to know after viewing Episode 2.11 – “Is there anything that Diana Gabaldon CAN’T do?”  Lots of good stuff in this episode, but the news is “Best Selling Novelist Writes TV Script.”  So, I’m not going to bury the lead here.  Let’s just call it out.  The novelist showed she was more than up to the script writing job even after admitting that the collaborative process involved was challenging and out of her comfort zone.  However, even nay-sayers have to agree that there was something different, something subtle about this episode’s script that many of us book readers recognize as vintage Diana Gabaldon.  No_One_Else understands these characters better than Diana. And, the subtle bits of humor in what was overall quite a dark narrative, again, screamed Diana Gabaldon.  It’s not a coincidence and it’s not Ron Moore propping up Diana.  However, contrarians love to be contrary, so it’s wasted effort to argue.  The episode, in fact, speaks for itself.  So, let’s get into it…

Read more after the jump…

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Laoghaire's "Pious" Persistence

Written by: Anne Hawkinson



Wow. I thought I’d seen the last of Laoghaire, that trouble-making, scheming, two-faced -----. Good riddance, and all that. You get my drift. Yet, here she is, in “The Fox’s Lair,” at Castle Beaufort, the home of Jamie’s grandfather, Lord Simon Lovat. How did she manage to get this gig and does she know that Jamie’s going to be there? This lass doesn’t give up!

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LIVE Blog: Episode 2.11 - "Vengeance is Mine"

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourself obsessively gabbing on about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach - you are not alone.

Good news - we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy.

Now let the show begin...
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When the Healer Needs Healing

Written by: Teddie Potter


Those of us in the helping profession are typically on high alert for the needs of those in our care. While on duty, there is no palpable burden; it is simply what we do, and the only burden is to simply do it right. The psychological burdens that go hand in hand with the daily exposure to hurt and pain and tragedy and hard work may emerge eventually, and caregiver burn-out, whether it be among doctors, nurses, EMTs, or firefighters, is a heart-hurting reality for many.  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an equal-opportunity condition, impacting victims, observers, helpers, and professionals without discrimination.
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EMMYS for Outlander! – A Look Inside the Process

Written by: Anne Gavin


It's Emmy time and Starz and Outlander  fans have been tweeting up a storm hoping this year our favorite Time Travel/Historical Drama will garner much deserved nominations and awards for some of its actors and technical/production crew.  But, what of this mysterious Emmy process?  How does it work and what are the secrets to getting lesser known but critically acclaimed shows the recognition they deserve?  Let’s take a look inside the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nomination and award process and see if we can learn a thing or two about how it all works, or doesn’t work…

More after the jump…
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The Artistry of Outlander - Opening Night at the Paley Center

Written by: Meredith Greenberg


Hello, Outlander fans!  Boy, do I have a treat for you!  My name is Meredith and I work in the Television and Film industry as an Art Department Coordinator and Set Decorator in Los Angeles, CA.  This industry is pretty busy and we often do not get the opportunity to really pick each other's creative brains about the projects we work on.

However, (thank goodness) there are the occasional moments where we do have the privilege of attending amazing events like the one I did last Monday evening in Los Angeles!
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#Outlander online: the latest tweets by Stephen Walters & more!

Written By: Janet Reynolds


Time for this week's Outlander social media wrap-up, that post we're doing semi-regularly to help free up your lives from A) obsessive behavior B) getting fired from your job because you're trolling Tumblr etc. on your phone when you should be writing some verra critical TPS report and/or C) ensuring you don't miss the critical social media moments in between rewatching episodes. Here's what happened...
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LIVE Blog: Episode 2.10 - "Prestonpans"

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourself obsessively gabbing on about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach - you are not alone.

Good news - we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy.

Now let the show begin...


[9:00 pm] If some of the stills released in advance from this episode are any indication, hold me.  Just hold me now. Whoaaaa, warm my heart. Stay with me, oh won’t you stay with me? Gratuitous ‘80s jam moment.  You’re welcome.

[9:01 pm] There is so much Red Jamie-War Chief Dougal friction highlighted in this recap… me thinks the power struggle shite is about to hit the fan. On an unrelated but positive note, Ira Steven Behr and his purple goatee penned this episode so we’re in for a well-crafted doozy. 

[9:02 pm] Weekly title card riddle isn’t much of a riddle today, Obsessenachs – we’re going to war. 

[9:03 pm] I’m grieving the brutal death of this Highlander alongside Claire, I swear… but damn she looks good in that plaid.  Is there anything Caitriona Balfe can’t wear? (That’s rhetorical, since the answer is unequivocally “no.”) 

[9:05p] “Mark me.” – Five minutes in. Welcome back, Bonnie Prince Charlie.  Phew, and here I feared we’d have to wait a while to get our first one, what with him making sweet, sweet love to that pear. He was starting to remind me of Brad Pitt’s character in Ocean’s Eleven – always eating while others mastermind the plan.  

[9:07 pm] “Oh nice, a good old fashioned male pissing contest.” – my hubs, summing up this testosterone-oozing battle strategy scene.

[9:09 pm] Gag me. You don’t know where that hand has been, Jamie.  It makes me squeamish every time the squirrely Bonnie Prince Charlie extends those digits for praise. If thrown into a game of "would you rather", I’d kiss Angus’ grimy hand. 

[9:12 pm] How about that hospitable Scottish weather they’re having? It looks colder than a white witch’s teat out there. And yet, our boys look right at home.  

[9:14 pm] Not to go all West Virginia native on you, but this is quite the “canary in the coal mine” game Dougal is braving.  Let’s hope his math is better than his pre-game chat with Jamie let on.  

[9:18 pm] “Extraordinary fellow.” – Bonnie Prince Charlie, acknowledging ogling Dougal.  Mark me, we agree… though maybe it’s my love for Graham McTavish blurring the lines……(moments later)…..Nope, it’s Dougal.  This scene is his to claim.  Well done, sir. 

[9:19 pm] “And now I’m off to change my breeks, because the hero of the hour has shat his pants.” – Dougal has snatched the crown for my favorite (and most honest) line of the episode.  

[9:21 pm] It does my heart just as good to see General Claire in command leading her “troops” as it does to see Red Jamie in charge of his warriors. Everyone is in the zone, and I’m a nervous wreck. Side note: Claire with Fergus just channeled every day of my life with a toddler.  And like she, I wouldn't change a thing. 

[9:23 pm] Leave it to a good country boy to find a shortcut through the field.

[9:26 pm] I'm not sure how it's possible, but I've now fallen more in love with our Highlander minions, Rupert and Angus.  Sweet Angus bequeathing Rupert all his worldly possessions in case he dies, including his whooooore…err, I mean part time-whooore, full-time barmaid. #BromanceGoals

[9:28 pm] Actually Jamie, I have something to get off my chest.  It's about how we all need more praise heaped upon the enormously talented Duncan LaCroix.  If there's ever a chance that he could be in the running for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, it’d be due to his work this season.  And this scene, among others, would make a tremendous submission clip in my humble, Murtagh-obsessed opinion.

[9:29 pm] In the name of all things dry spell for Jamie and Claire fans, FERGUS! Right now? Seriously?! This is starting to become a whole new form of Droughtlander. Okay fiiiiiiiine.  Your curly mop, doe eyes and promise to look after Claire spare you our wrath for busting up a potentially delightful "to bed or to sleep" scene.

[9:30 pm] My anxiety cannot handle all of Angus’ foreshadowing banter of demise.  Please.

[9:31 pm] Sweet Severus Snape, Murtagh's "always" just put me back at Hogwarts.  Also, book purists, take note – this clever scene is the benefit of Ron D. Moore deviating from the book to allow Murtagh in on Claire’s time traveling trip through the DeLorean standing stones.  He wants to confirm that the Highlanders do win this battle because Jamie Ron D. Moore let him in on the spoiler alert. And we know he knows Claire knows (Friends anyone?).

[9:32 pm] “On your way, soldier.” – The combo of Ira Steven Behr’s words, Bear McCreary’s music and Catriona Balfe’s emotional delivery attempting to pull the beating heart out of my body like Monsieur Forez.  Is it too early in the episode for ugly girl crying? Asking for a friend.

[9:33 pm] Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ, FERGUS! No. Just NO. Somewhere fellow writer Denise is adding this to the running total of times Jamie has said “stay put” to no avail.

[9:35 pm] If last week’s battle training sequence was Jamie’s William Wallace/Henry V moment, this is General Claire’s.  For the mix of anxiety and dread that must be coursing through her body, she’s one unflappable leader.

[9:36 pm] The music fading to silence to allow the deafening sound of stampede to bring the audio back in . . . all the adrenaline. All of it, and I'm sitting unscathed on my couch with my feet up.

[9:37 pm] Oh sweet Laird, Red Jamie takes on a whole new meaning after this battle. So. Much. Blood. The prosthetic and makeup team is working overtime on this – wow.  Just wow. The production value for one single sequence of television is unreal.

[9:38 pm] I JUST GOT GUTTED PLEASE NOT RUPERT NOT RUPERT THE EMOTION IS SO MUCH IT MAKES ME DO THAT YELLING IN RUN-ON SENTENCES THING.

[9:40 pm] I’m not sure which is eliciting more tears from me – Rupert’s severely gaping wound or Angus’ BFF tears.  No contest, actually. Both, equally. I have barely recovered from Louise's scene with Claire in "Faith" and this is ringing too familiar.

[9:41 pm] Oh hell, I spoke too soon. No no no. It’s Angus’ silent killer of an internal wound. That damage is coming, I can feel it.  And I know I canna bear it.

[9:43 pm] This feels like a victory on a string – one where the sweetness of celebration is laced with something bitter.

[9:44 pm] Go ahead and add this to Fergus’ growing PTSD tab.  First, a heinous assault at the hands of Black Jack Randall. And now THIS.  And again I remind you – because it’s easy to forget with him always in cahoots with adults – HE’S JUST A CHILD.

[9:47 pm] Friendly PSA: when in dire straits and in desperate need of help, try not to follow up your plea for assistance with a candid verbal smack to the helper’s ego.  It could, you know, avoid you being gutted through with a sword.  Just sayin’. Farewell, dreamy British lieutenant.  #TheMoreYouKnow

[9:48 pm] When my three-year old steps on me, I feel I might die. Yet, A HORSE STEPPED ON THE KING OF MEN. 

[9:49 pm] Boys will be boys. No matter the age.

[9:51 pm] Slow your roll, Dougal. Pipe down. Know your audience. And every other cliché I can throw in here.  He's not looking so shiny now - is he, Chuck?

[9:53 pm] A promotion! Well hell, that’s one way to do it. Just like in Office Space when The Bobs decide that I-gave-away-my-last-eff Peter was a heck of a straight shooter with upper management written all over him.

[9:55 pm] We all saw it coming and I'm still not ready. Not even a wee bit. That bloody cannon blast. We've lost a loyal friend. You'll be dearly missed Angus and actor Stephen Walters.

[9:57 pm] knaw3p98rh;qb34orf8hy0'     Apologies, my keyboard temporarily shorted out due to the FLOOD OF TEARS THAT RAINED DOWN ON IT.  That was a fresh assault on the ducts, Rupert (Grant O'Rourke) and Bear McCreary.

[9:58 pm] “I expected the flavor of victory to taste sweeter.” – Murtagh and I, apparently sharing a brain.

[9:59 pm] This is exactly the way Angus would have mourned his fellow mates, and he'd want no different for himself.  Raising a dram to you, Angus.

[10:05 pm]  I'm gonna need a minute.  Actually go ahead and make mine a double.  Hold the ice. That was brutally intense to bear, but so worth it.  Ron D. Moore and his team as well as the incredible ensemble cast delivered a powerfully jaw-dropping hour of television that did not disappoint. Will I be able to watch it multiple times? It's not likely. But, I also have a weak stomach - not for blood, but for emotional pain.  Sure, I'm a book reader and knew what was coming, but I still choked up with greater anxiety for Angus and Rupert's friendship and its fate more than the notion of Claire and Jamie parted by battle.  The Wolf Pack has lost a good one.  And now I have to run call my besties. So until next week...    


Thanks for reading! Please be sure to catch up on all live blogs from Season 2:

Episode 2.01: "Through a Glass Darkly"
Episode 2.02: "Not in Scotland Anymore
Episode 2.04: "La Dame Blanche"
Episode 2.05: "Untimely Resurrection
Episode 2.06: "Best Laid Schemes..."
Episode 2.07: "Faith"
Episode 2.08: "The Fox's Lair"
Episode 2.09: "Je Suis Prest"
Episode 2.10: "Prestonpans
Episode 2.11: "Vengeance is Mine"
Episode 2.12 "The Hail Mary"
Episode 2.13 "Dragonfly in Amber"
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#Outlander online: A social media round-up of the cast and crew

Written By: Janet Reynolds




Yes, we all (re)watch Outlander obsessively. But what's a fan to do for those in-between moments —beyond joining and responding to vital posts in an embarrassing number of Facebook groups? Why follow the Outlander cast and crew on social media, of course.

It's a full-time job and there are only so many — hypothetically speaking, of course — bathroom breaks or walks to go find that VIP you absolutely need to talk to before taking on the next task a person can do with her phone in the middle of the work day. Things— important things — will be missed.

So we at OCB have decided to help out by gathering up social media in a regular post. So without further ado, here are a few from this week.
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Back to Scotland...and the Penny Whistle!

Written by: Denise Stewart


HEY!! I found the penny whistle!!! Well, in actuality it wasn’t completely gone, but it is BACK!!


And when I say the penny whistle is back, I mean we're back!! We are back.  You know what I mean.  Think about those days when you get all dressed up to go to a wedding or that elegant restaurant and you are having a great time....then you start to feel uncomfortable.  The shoes don’t feel so good.  The body support system you put in place to have everything fit just right is on your last nerve. And the music has just become too loud. So you go home, rip off said bindings, put on your sweats or pjs, brush your teeth and prop your feet up with your remote to watch your favorite show.


Ahh, now we’re home!

.....After the Jump
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The Scotland Diaries -- May 27-30 -- The West Coast & Scottish Hospitality

Written by: Anne Gavin


It is hard to believe that my time in Scotland is drawing to a close.  I could not have asked for a better first visit.  Everything far exceeded any expectations I had before arriving.  All the planning and preparations had definitely been worth it.  But, before I took my leave I was looking forward to yet more adventures along the west coast of Scotland with wonderful friends who had agreed to let me stay with them for the weekend.  I had seen bits and pieces of the renowned Scottish hospitality up to this point in the trip.  Frankly, every shopkeeper, B&B owner, café and pub worker I had met along the way showed me their gracious, kind and welcoming Scottish way.  But, it was really nothing compared to spending the weekend in a Scottish home with friends and real Scots who love showing off their beautiful country.  It was a fantastic way to wind up a dream vacation.

 Read more after the jump...

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Claire and the Great Blue Heron

Written by: Anne Hawkinson




A Great Blue Heron appears on the page of a library book and soars in the sky as Episode Seven, “Faith” opens. It had to be more than just a pretty image to fill a space in time, so I searched for characteristics of both the soaring bird and Claire’s earth-bound existence. She tells her daughter that she remembers seeing herons in Scotland. Can the heron be more than a beautiful bird Claire remembers from her 1700’s life? Perhaps the heron is Claire’s totem, or guide.

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LIVE Blog: Episode 2.09 - "Je Suis Prest"

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourself obsessively gabbing on about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach - you are not alone.

Good news - we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy.

Now let the show begin...


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The Role of a Staircase

Written by: Anne Hawkinson





It’s more than just a staircase, more than a mechanism to get from one level to another. The staircase in Jared’s Parisian apartment is a curvaceous, sensuous journey from one floor to the next. The balusters are swirling filigree topped by a grooved, serpentine handrail. Between flights, an oval paned window illuminates the landing (the perfect place to stop if you want to make an entrance). It’s an important part of the story when it appears, and it’s more than a prop or part of a set. It behaves like an actor in a supporting role.
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When a Gift Becomes a Debt

Written by: Anne Hawkinson


Jamie and Claire have found their way back to each other! Break out the port, whisky, or your beverage of choice for a celebratory drink! But wait. What? Hold the mental images of sex, tenderness, and re-connection. Jack Randall is back! Instead of two people caressing and canoodling, Claire and Jamie are in a heated debate, negotiating the future based on events of the past and present.
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STARZ RENEWS OUTLANDER FOR SEASONS 3 AND 4!

Written by: Blake Larsen


It's official ladies and gents.  Outlander has been renewed for seasons 3 AND 4.  I know it was a seemingly long wait, but boy, I have to admit - getting a commitment for two more seasons makes it well worth the wait.  To be honest, I don't want to say I told you so - but, too bad, I told you so.  So, rest easy and hit the jump for more details about what season 3 and 4 will bring you and what STARZ has to say about them...


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How to Do the Hairstyles from Outlander

Written by: Shannon Burns



From caps and curls to buns and braids, hairstyling plays an important role in film. It has the potential for both artistic appeal and narrative development. It is no surprise then that in such a beautiful and character-driven series like Outlander, the hairstyles are an excellent study in this aspect of non-verbal storytelling – with a connection to real historical fashion besides!


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Episode 2.08: Outlander Boss Responds and How I Live With It

Written by: Teddie Potter



Fast on the heels of my recent SM lovefest post tossing virtual bouquets to Ron D. Moore et al for their Outlander adaptation, I now stand before (or after) this book-reader’s experience that is Episode 2.08.  Here’s what I wrote on Friday, May 27th at 4:30 PM EST....
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The Scotland Diaries – May 24-27 – Over the Sea to Skye

Written by: Anne Gavin


On life’s journey we sometimes see glimpses of true beauty and true happiness – of what it must look and feel like.  However, few of us get to inhabit that place for long periods of time.  Because God only knows in our everyday life – there is oftentimes loss and disappointment, unmet expectations and just the daily grind.  Also, at some point along the way we have to deal with illness, injury and often profound sadness.  Life can be hard for even the most fortunate among us.  But, there is a place I found that is probably as close to heaven as we might get before the day comes when our life passes on.  It’s where you can go to see beauty so vast, so perfectly formed and so exquisitely outlined that it will etch itself in your mind.  That place is called Skye.  Everyone must go there to experience what heaven may actually be and feel like.  It doesn’t seem real when you are there.  But, it is.

Read more after the jump…
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