illuminate history

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

“Combat Trains” on Smithsonian Channel

I finally got to watch “The First Railroad War,” episode 7 of the series “Combat Trains,” on TV! It was broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel last night at 10:00PM. Several … Continue reading

April 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

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