No. 43

The Guestbook

Once, in the northern part of the Cairngorms forest in Scotland, there was a castle, a house named Newe after the family that lived there.

There were balls and hunts and days spent ice skating outdoors. The castle walls had small alcoves in them, where fires could be lit to heat the stones, allowing peaches to grow on trees that hugged them.

For over one hundred years, visitors left records of their time there in a book: photographs, drawings, signatures, stories.

And while the castle no longer stands, the guestbook is still being filled.

When I was asked to sign it, I felt the weight of all the years on me. I am no artist, so I gave the only thing I could: my words. I wrote of how everything I encountered there spoke another language: the trees, the fields, the mountains, the stones. I wrote of how often they speak and how I was just beginning to understand.

Even now returned, I am still just beginning to understand.

{photographs taken by me}

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

10 thoughts on “The Guestbook

  1. Wow. That is an incredible guestbook. I cannot believe those pictures, and sketches, and all that history packed into that book.

  2. Wow, how incredible to be able to hold so much history in your hands and to be able to add YOUR own story to it for others to experience for many years too! Really, really awesome!

  3. what an amazing feeling it must be to know that words from your heart are now forever a part of the history of this magical book, and this magical place.
    xox

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Jane Reaction

(logo and original branding) is a graphic design and art director who works with with small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, creating cohesive and interesting brands and websites.

Carrie Coleman

(photography) is a wedding photographer, whose goal is to capture the visual expression of a couple's love through timeless, organic images. She is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.