illuminate history

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

sun & sea break from ice & cold

Gary and I decided in mid-November that our Christmas present to each other would be a Caribbean cruise. The series of four snowstorms–so far–began after that.   The trip was definitely … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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

Spectacular Scenery & Memorable Meals

    I promise–this is my last report on our recent trip to Scandinavia, St. Petersburg and Torino. Looking at a map, one can see that the Scandinavian countries are bounded … Continue reading

September 27, 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