illuminate history

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

First, dodge the bullet

We realized nine years ago, when we nearly missed a flight to Italy to board a cruise ship, that we should always plan a couple of extra days at the … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Back to Beacon Rock

We talked last winter of spending the entire month of July in a leisurely meander up the Columbia River to Lewiston, ID. In the event–as they say–what with family visits … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · 4 Comments

And now for something completely different…

Nearly three years ago, my husband Gary noticed a small item in the paper announcing that an amphibious transport ship currently under construction in Pascagoula, MS, would be named after Portland, Oregon. … Continue reading

May 29, 2016 · 4 Comments

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
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