illuminate history

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

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

Headlong into history II

Other fascinating recovered fragments from Delphi: Portion of a frieze representing the gods who supported Troy: Ares, Aprodite, Artemis (my favorite, of course, since her Roman name is Diana), Apollo … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Headlong into history–I

An unanticipated benefit of jetlag: after the fifteen-hour trip from Portland (OR) to Athens, we were wide-awake in our VRBO Pireaus harbor-view apartment  at 5:00AM. So we got up, got … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

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