illuminate history

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

Director? And Camera? And script? Oh my!

She found me by looking for connections to Herman Haupt, but when Olivia and I spoke (for 34 minutes) on Tuesday morning it became clear that she and the director … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

stay tuned–again…

I was brought just about full circle, a little less than two weeks, ago by a surprising email forwarded to me by the Operations Manager of Portland Baroque Orchestra. “What on earth does … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 2 Comments


 I finished reading The Secrets of Mary Bowser, by Lois Leveen this past Sunday. I bought the book  nearly a year ago when I went with another writer friend, Sybilla Cook, who knew Ms. … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Back in the Land of the Living

I should probably interpret this experience as a cautionary episode, a warning against my dependence on electronic devices. But use of these tools is ingrained at this point: hundreds of files of potentially useful  material for … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Senses of Places

We’re on the verge of another viaggio–this time to South America. It’s not our first trip to South America; we went from Ft. Lauderdale to Manaus, Brazil in November and … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · 2 Comments


Patrick Leigh Fermor, remember him? The young Englishman who hiked from Rotterdam to what he, as student of history, preferred to call Constantinople.  That has a certain ring to it–although I … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv–read these names aloud

Yes, I am delinquent on my last two trip reports. There was more and more snow after we boarded the bus in Rousse and headed over the summit of the Balkan … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

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