illuminate history

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

Veterans Day and Everything’s Connected

My last post, in late September, celebrated completion of the SFD of my three volume saga: Women Absent their Men. Since then, I’ve done extensive re-working of the manuscript, begun … Continue reading

November 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

History from the inside out

For research the last few months I’ve been traveling through time–via the internet, of course, rather than flying to different cities to enhance the few family documents I have for this segment. I’m now channeling my … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

Not monkey business at first…

Last November, three sisters and a couple of our spouses agreed to come to Naples, FL, in late February of this year to celebrate the 90th birthday of the last surviving member … Continue reading

March 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

writing a novel?

Well, I think maybe so… I last wrote about my sense of outrage that, during the Victorian era, men could have mistresses, they could divorce, they could remarry–but women were “the … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

a ‘writer gene’?

In 1988, my father shared with me some of the letters that Francis Bailey wrote to his brother–my great-grandfather–from 1863 to 1899.  My reaction?  it would be incredibly cool to … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · 1 Comment