illuminate history

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

sudden revelation

It’s surprising, sometimes, how one’s mind works—or doesn’t. I spent considerable time over the past eleven years learning 19th century North American history and following up on every conceivable lead … Continue reading

October 26, 2011 · Leave a comment


I love to play with words and I love to play with food. As a cook, I have long regarded Julia Child as my mentor. I wrote her a fan … Continue reading

October 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

Red Letter Day!

Patience paid off: Brian Wheeler, the wonderful features editor of the Jackson, Michigan Citizen-Patriot published an “author profile” about me in the Sunday, 10/9, print edition. It was available on-line … Continue reading

October 10, 2011 · Leave a comment