illuminate history

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

Trip West to the Old–& New–East: part 5 — Sasebo, Japan

Looking back over what I posted in the past few days, I see that I got a little mixed up. Our itinerary wasn’t precisely linear– we stopped at Sasebo, Japan … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · 1 Comment

Trip West to the Old–and New–East-Part 2

During the the Tokugawa Shogunate, 1603-1868, the Emperor served as figure-head for the government of warlords. The two Imperial Palaces were in Edo (now Tokyo) and Kyoto. When warlords gathered … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Trip West to the Old–and New–East: Part 4 – China

We stopped in four Chinese ports. The first was Dalian, where we found a mix of old and new that I still don’t quite understand yet. That “faux old” section … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Trip West to the Old–and New–East: Part 3-Busan, Korea

Our only stop in Korea was Busan, the second largest city. Our full day began with a drive out into the hills that surround the city to explore the many … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Trip West to the Old–and New–East-part 1

Both Gary and I have been to Asia before. He spent six months of 1964 on LST237 in Okinawa and Yokosuka, Japan. Later in his civilian career in the air … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Trip East to the Old West

Life has changed with the commissioning of USS Portland. Our first extended driving trip, Aug, 22 to Sept. 1, since he was tapped as Chair of the Commissioning Committee was … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · 2 Comments

Perspectives on Doors

We’ve watched the “Occupy ICE” encampment growing in our South Waterfront neighborhood for more that a week and planned to attend the demonstration announced for today. Mid-to late morning, we … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · 1 Comment