From Compassion to Action: Outlandia Finds Purpose in Helping Others One Meal at a Time

Outlander.  It is a book and television series that is cherished by fans from across the world.  It is common to see friendships develop through the shared emotional bond to the Outlander series created by Diana Gabaldon.  Her seamless ability to incorporate history, spirituality, and timeless journeys for the soul tend to draw fans not only closer to the beloved characters but also to one another.  With the continuous growth of the fandom it is empowering to see that Outlander has also become the catalyst for global change.  The transformation of friendship, initially formed over the love of this series, has grown to become a community that supports making a true difference by assisting a variety of non-profit organizations.

From fundraising for donations, raising awareness of important societal causes, to even volunteering – it is admirable to see so many people come together for the greater purpose of helping others.  This is the true power of the Outlander Fandom.  Now we are rallying for the entire clan to help another noble cause.  Can you help answer that call?

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Keep Calm and Love Bees: A Personal Link Back to Outlander

Outlander:  A Place to Find Refuge During Life’s Most Unexpected Moments

Have you ever been faced with a difficult life moment and without conscious knowledge or thought turned to the Outlander series as a place of refuge?  Not under the best circumstances, but I found that this happened to me while sitting at the Ophthalmology office waiting for the physician to look at my son’s newly stitched, three-inch eye-lid laceration.  The depth of the laceration unfortunately led to the exposure of the lacrimal gland, causing additional complications.  An unforeseen accident, we were faced with surgeons and a series of doctor appointments that were not only stressful, but also terrifying in the process.  I have often heard many fans describe the Outlander series as place to find sanctuary or comfort when faced with difficult life events.  Here I was sitting in the doctor’s office, having the same experience that I have often heard from many other fans. Continue reading Keep Calm and Love Bees: A Personal Link Back to Outlander

Sass3 Picks: Favorite Seattle Locations during Emerald City Comicon

Seattle.  Many people first envision rain when I tell them where I spent most of my life.  However, when I think of SeattleI am immediately reminded of the art, culture, ingenuity of novel businesses, friendly local people, and, of course, the stunning natural scenery that can be found in this magnificent city I so proudly refer to as my home.  It is a city that is surrounded by water and mountains, which completely validates the nickname the Emerald City.  I return as often as I can to visit with friends I have loved since Kindergarten, travel the steps I used to take during my time in college and graduate school, but, most of all, return to the treasured locations that remind me of my childhood.  These special places are often shared with my children.  However, this time I had a unique opportunity to return home to Seattle with my fellow bloggers to attend Emerald City Comicon.

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Emerald City Comicon: Our Panel and Exhibit Hall Experience

ECCC, Emerald City Comicon,  was held the weekend of March 2-6 in Seattle, Washington.  Sass3 was fortunate enough to attend.  Once we discovered Caitriona and Sam would be in attendance, we quickly acted on the opportunity to buy tickets for this comicon.  We then seized the moment to purchase the single and group photos to make our dreams come true to meet them!

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Whiskey Tasting with Our Jamies

Back in September 2016, we posted a great article about going whiskey tasting with our husbands.  To honor Saint Patrick’s Day, we thought we would repost it.  We also hope to reintroduce a great place for whiskey  – enjoy the read!

Fraser didn’t ask but poured them each a dram of whisky, warm-smelling and smoke-tinged. There was something comfortable in drinking whisky in company, no matter how bad the whisky. Or the company, for that matter.

—Roger MacKenzie

Written in My Own Hearts Blood by Diana Gabaldon,

Chapter 31

Of course, today our company was the best and the whiskey was right in line with the quality of our companionship. We, Sass3, took our Jamies – our wonderful husbands – out whiskey tasting together on a triple date.  The men whom we just adore are loving, supportive, honorable, and caring – the Jamies of our lives who tolerate our fanatic worship of Outlander and who say with endearment, “Yes, dear…” every time we ask to attend another Outlander gathering or event. How could we not cherish them?   So, our intimate group spent an afternoon savoring some spirits and took pleasure in simply being together.

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An Epic Outlander Fan Meet Up After Emerald City Comicon

The Outlander fandom has a unique ability to draw in fans from all across the world who, without the book or television series, may have never found a link to one another.  The passion shared for the love of this series not only brings fans together to form lasting friendships, it also creates a spirit of camaraderie that supports a genuine sense of connection to each other.  Sass3 takes great pleasure in being able to not only portray the Outlander fan experience, but, more importantly, share the positive impact this fandom contributes well beyond the love for the show and book series.

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Our Appreciation for Matthew B. Roberts

I think we can all agree that there is one scene in Outlander Season 3 that we are all looking forward to seeing:  the reunion of Jamie and Claire after 20 years of separation.  This memorable scene takes place in Voyager, the third book of the Outlander series.  Many fans remember this moment by the finest of details, as the emotions of pain, loss, hope, love, and devotion could be felt in the beautiful imagery and narrative written by Diana Gabaldon.   Without question, we hope to see this reunion faithfully lifted from the book to the screen.  We could not have been happier when it was announced that Matthew B. Roberts was going to be working on this specific episode!

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Mission Inn: Back In Time With The Frasers Venue

In a previous blog, we shared about our experience at the Back In Time With The Frasers event held at The Mission Inn in Riverside, California. Here we will go into more detail about this beautiful and historical hotel.

Plaque photo taken by Sass3 at Mission Inn.

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Droughtlander: Our book recommendations to keep you busy ’till Voyager!

We all know that re-reading Outlander is a pastime we enjoy.  However, there are other books that we feel may keep you entertained during this long Outlander break.

In this blog, each Lassie of Sass3 will provide their top book recommendations.  A synopsis and opinion about each book will briefly be presented. Continue reading Droughtlander: Our book recommendations to keep you busy ’till Voyager!

The Southern Sassenachs Positive Impact On The Lives Of Others

The Outlander fandom is powerful. It brings people together, who without the book or television series, may have never have met. Outlander is a medium to form friendships, share experiences, and most of all build comradery through our love for the book and television series. There is no doubt that Outlander fans are passionate. However, when you combine passion and purpose, it can generate change that expands well beyond any border. There is no better example of the level of impact one group can have, in and beyond their community, than the Southern Sassenachs. Driven to create a positive impact in the lives of others, they have come together to support the charities of Bloodwise and World Child Cancer – successfully raising money for each of these organizations.  It is with great pride and pleasure that Sass3 share their story:  from their early beginning of coming together to share their enjoyment of the Outlander series, creating a strong sense of community within their group, to ultimately transforming their passion for a greater purpose.

Photo Courtesy of WCC and Bloodwise / https://bloodwise.org.uk  &  https://www.worldchildcancer.org

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