An interesting find. What is it?

Last month when grandson Ben came for a socially-distanced porch visit, he brought an artifact he had found, hoping I could identify it for him. He found it in a creek near his home. It’s very heavy, apparently made of iron, appears to have had handles although one is now missing, is hollowed out on…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: W.E.B. Du Bois

The first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard, W.E.B. Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was a sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, author, writer, and editor. He was the leader of the Niagara Movement which sought equal rights for African Americans and was a founder of the NAACP (National Association…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Edith Wharton

The first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937) was an American novelist, playwright, short story writer, and designer. In addition to 15 novels, seven novellas, and eighty-five short stories, she published poetry, books on design and travel, literary and cultural criticism, and a memoir….

Monday Memories: Sydney Opera House under construction, 1970

Construction of the iconic Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia began in 1959 and was not completed until 14 years later in 1973. When I was there in 1970, residents of Sydney were complaining not only about the time it was taking to complete construction but also about the total cost. Click here for some…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Abraham Heschel

A Polish-born American rabbi, Abraham Joshua Heschel (January 11, 1907 – December 23, 1972)  was a leading 20th century Jewish theologian and philosopher. He was a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, was active in the civil rights movement in the U.S., and authored a number of books on Jewish philosophy that were widely…

Monday Memories: Palace of Westminster at dusk, 1978

I’m in the process of digitizing old photos and slides and thought I’d share a few from time to time. This photo of the Palace of Westminster in London was taken during our honeymoon, 42 years ago this month. (And yes, it is inverted.)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Eleanor Roosevelt

Most people know Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) as First Lady of the United States, a political figure in her own right, a diplomat, and an activist in the areas of civil rights, women’s rights, and the rights of World War II refugees. However, few people today remember that she also…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Virgil

One of Rome’s greatest poets, Publius Vergilius Maro, known as Virgil (15 October, 70 BCE – 21 September, 19 BCE) wrote three of the most famous poems in Latin literature: the Eclogues (or Bucolics), the Georgics, and the epic poem Aeneid. Virgil’s work has had a profound influence on Western literature, and Virgil appears as a main character in Dante’s…

Song Lyric Sunday – Trains – “Love Train”

“People all over the worldJoin handsStart a love train, love train” Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Love Train was a hit single released by the O’Jays in 1972. In early 1973, it reached number one on R&B Singles and the Billboard Hot 100 and was the O’Jays only number one hit on the…