’26

You thought 2016 was a bad year for deaths? ’26 seems to keep showing up in my research. I was reading about Emily Warren Roebling, who died in 1903, and noted that her husband, Washington A. Roebling, credited with building the Brooklyn Bridge, died in 1926. I recall that two of this nations founding fathers, ...

Again to Carthage by John L. Parker, Jr.

Again to Carthage: A Novel by John L. Parker It has been almost exactly six years since I picked up John L. Parker Jr.‘s ode to competitive running, Once a Runner, though when I lifted this sequel off my book shelf at the beginning of the year that realization hadn’t come to me. Once a ...

Another Tooth

Another Tooth
The tooth had been dangling for more than two months, since before Thanksgiving. A new tooth had already grown in behind it. Back in December when I took m to the dentist for her semi-annual cleaning I asked if we should take the tooth out because I worried that the new tooth had no place ...

Book Review: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 1

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg When I was a kid one of my favorite movies was called The Hideaways. It played regularly on cable and when it was on I would watch it with keen interest not on the story of a girl and her brother who decide ...

The Spirit of the Run 2

The Spirit of the Run
Last year I ran, along with some of my former co-workers, the Staten Island Half Marathon. Afterwards my daughter and her “sister” ran the kids’ race. It was a great experience for me not least because for me it was one of my fastest half-marathons—and I completed the race while singing and thoroughly enjoying myself. ...

Returning Home to Real Life 2

Returning Home to Real Life
Our last few days in China dragged. I wrote about the adoption reality show, and lamented that all any of us wanted was to get home and start our lives together. Still, one thing that is nice about being in a place like that, about living out of hotels and having your life reduced to ...

Mile Marker (Lucky) Thirteen 2

Mile Marker (Lucky) Thirteen
Life changes a lot in thirteen years. I’ve moved from New York to Connecticut and back to New York, then across the country to New Mexico, and then back to the east coast to Maryland’s eastern shore and the coolest smallest town in America. I’ve written five books, had one published, and am working on ...

Site update 1

I haven’t posted here in a while, but I’ve not been lax in my blogging. I found a new outlet for my work over at OceanCity.com. Here’s are a few of the articles I’ve written over there recently: May 1: The Spirit of “1776”. May 3: Assateague Coast Trust Native Plant Festival. May 11: The ...

Lazy Father’s Day 4

Lazy Father’s Day
I took Sunday off. I usually take Sunday off from doing work, from writing and from housework. I can’t always get away with the second, but taking a break from the first helps me regroup in my mind, and helps me collect my thoughts from the previous week. Yesterday was special on many counts, and ...

Art research; or, what happened to that painting by Veronese? 2

I’m doing research on paintings in the Louvre in 1911, specifically the paintings that were hanging in the Salon Carré that year. I found several paintings depicting the paintings that might have been hanging in the Salon Carré around that time, including this gem by Castiglione painted in 1860: And this view of the room ...