illuminate history

Curiosity: forget “Cherchez la femme” (Look for the woman.) “Cherchez l’histoire.” (Look for the story.)

Coming Full Circle

It’s exactly one year since I engaged in the email correspondence with Olivia Thomas of Woodcut Media that resulted in my express trip back to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

supernumerary—with a twist

It’s been nearly six years since I had the pleasure of being a supernumerary in a Portland Opera production. Carmen was a remote possibility a couple of years ago—if we’d been home during … Continue reading

March 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pattern Reproduction

It took a second try, but my questions were answered—and in a context that amplified the significance of what I learned. Director of Membership Lisa Hoffman  referred me to curator Charles Campbell, … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Pattern Recognition

My husband Gary suggests that it’s sheer vanity that drives my interest in representations of the goddess called Artemis by the Greeks and Diana by the Romans. I explain that … Continue reading

December 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Headlong into history II

Other fascinating recovered fragments from Delphi: Portion of a frieze representing the gods who supported Troy: Ares, Aprodite, Artemis (my favorite, of course, since her Roman name is Diana), Apollo … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Headlong into history–I

An unanticipated benefit of jetlag: after the fifteen-hour trip from Portland (OR) to Athens, we were wide-awake in our VRBO Pireaus harbor-view apartment  at 5:00AM. So we got up, got … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Summer of Steam and Smoke

“Decide what the theme of your story is.”  This excellent writing advice sometimes applies to life, too. Summer began with an impromptu trip to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, to talk … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · Leave a comment
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