illuminate history

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

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

There is a tide in the affairs of men…

which reminds one to wake up and smell the coffee. As Gary wrote to his kids that afternoon: “This is sooo embarrassing! The adventure was a little too intense. “We … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writing prompt to remember

Thank you Judith Barrington, for this invaluable suggestion. It was my turn to come up with a prompt for our small writing group. Since we’re all working on family stories, I … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Balmy & quiet 4th

I wouldn’t say that we were stealthy, we just wanted to be off on our own. So we threw a  few things together on Friday morning & made it out of … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

shake-down warm-up

Yes, I know I’m mixing my metaphors: last Saturday we took Annikin out for the first little cruise of the season. Our excursion wasn’t anything ambitious: just up the Willamette as far … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

According to plan…

My friend Pat Meyer and I arrived a few minutes early on Thursday morning. She provided moral support and documented the adventure with all these great photos. We found the Woodcut Media crew preparing … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

On TV, really?

Apparently so: the day after tomorrow! It will be exactly six weeks after I got the first msg from Olivia Thomas, by way of Portland Baroque Orchestra. I fly to Baltimore tomorrow (on … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

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