illuminate history

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

Happy Birthday to me

  I was gripped by curiosity on December 18, 2012, as art handlers carried our donated painting of Adèle de la Lanceau off to Portland Art Museum. It was an … Continue reading

September 20, 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

End in sight?

It’s been a month since I posted anything because I’ve been working on my novel. I finished another five chapters: 42 pages, 12,735 words. I’ve now completed drafts of two of … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

Balmy & quiet 4th

I wouldn’t say that we were stealthy, we just wanted to be off on our own. So we threw a  few things together on Friday morning & made it out of … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · 2 Comments