illuminate history

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

Happy Birthday to me

  I was gripped by curiosity on December 18, 2012, as art handlers carried our donated painting of Adèle de la Lanceau off to Portland Art Museum. It was an … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

History from the inside out

For research the last few months I’ve been traveling through time–via the internet, of course, rather than flying to different cities to enhance the few family documents I have for this segment. I’m now channeling my … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

other end of the canal

We explored Panama City in reverse chronological order, beginning at the  Visitor Center of one of those engineering feats that we take for granted now. When it opened to shipping on … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Not monkey business at first…

Last November, three sisters and a couple of our spouses agreed to come to Naples, FL, in late February of this year to celebrate the 90th birthday of the last surviving member … Continue reading

March 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

sun & sea break from ice & cold

Gary and I decided in mid-November that our Christmas present to each other would be a Caribbean cruise. The series of four snowstorms–so far–began after that.   The trip was definitely … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

End in sight?

It’s been a month since I posted anything because I’ve been working on my novel. I finished another five chapters: 42 pages, 12,735 words. I’ve now completed drafts of two of … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Spectacular Scenery & Memorable Meals, Part 2

Spectacular scenery took center stage as we traveled north: part of the way by ferry on Sognefjord and part of the way by road, passing farms, forests, small villages, going further … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · Leave a comment