illuminate history

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

Trip West to the Old–and New–East: Part 4 – China

We stopped in four Chinese ports. The first was Dalian, where we found a mix of old and new that I still don’t quite understand yet. That “faux old” section … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Trip West to the Old–and New–East-part 1

Both Gary and I have been to Asia before. He had six months of shore duty, in 1964, in Okinawa and Yokosuka, Japan. Later in his civilian career in the … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

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