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

other end of the canal

We explored Panama City in reverse chronological order, beginning at the  Visitor Center of one of those engineering feats that we take for granted now. When it opened to shipping on … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

Spectacular Scenery & Memorable Meals, Part 2

Spectacular scenery took center stage as we traveled north: part of the way by ferry on Sognefjord and part of the way by road, passing farms, forests, small villages, going further … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Art All Around

There’s a great deal of art to be found at home, here in Portland; but it’s not so easy to find. My friend Sybilla Cook’s  Walking Portland will help a lot. In … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

Kings & Queens/History & Politics

One’s head spins with the profusion of kings and queens  whose inter-related and lavish lifestyles are proudly displayed in all the countries we visited, despite turbulent political upheavals over the centuries. Christian IV (1577-1648), … Continue reading

September 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

First, dodge the bullet

We realized nine years ago, when we nearly missed a flight to Italy to board a cruise ship, that we should always plan a couple of extra days at the … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · 1 Comment