illuminate history

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

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

on pins & needles, again

I haven’t written a post for ages–but I’ve been working hard on my novel. One of my three main characters lived in Brooklyn for ~40 years, so Gary and I spent … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Curious cultural convergence

Be thankful we’ve moved past the late 19th century. I haven’t posted anything for weeks because I’ve been  developing detailed conjectures on the backstory of a painting that’s been in … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

It’s published

When I wrote last month about winning Second Prize for non-fiction in the Willamette Writer’s Kay Snow Contest, I mentioned that VoiceCatchers also liked Learning Chutzpah, and would publish the story … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · 1 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