A Letter to my Grandfather in Heaven

Dear Granddaddy, So much has happened in the year since you’ve gone to heaven. It is true what they say, that life goes on. You would know that best, having suffered so much loss over the 90 years you were lucky to have been granted for a life on earth. I can’t imagine what it must… Continue reading A Letter to my Grandfather in Heaven

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Tinkers, A Book Review

“And as the ax bites into the wood, be comforted in the fact that the ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul means that you are still alive, still human, and still open to the beauty of the world, even though you have done nothing to deserve it. And when you resent… Continue reading Tinkers, A Book Review

The Keys House

I was lucky enough to grow up in sunny South Florida, where I wore flip-flops all year round, and winter was only one week in January when the weather dipped below 60 for a couple of days in a row.  I remember thinking as a kid that I never wanted to live anywhere else in… Continue reading The Keys House

Snow Fall Moments

Like an old filmstrip, my mind reels back to a time when we were all much younger and healthier; a distant memory behind all the haze created by adulthood drama and many nights of drinking too much wine. I can find this frame when I get lost inside myself, sliding down tunnels through memories to… Continue reading Snow Fall Moments

An American Family

I walked into the living room the other day and turned on the TV.  HBO was on. I normally don't watch TV, it's more of a background noise for me, so I didn't bother changing the channel when the movie that was playing wasn't something I recognized. After a few minutes of watching, however, I… Continue reading An American Family

History is What You Are/History is What You Make

I went to see my favorite folk band play at Wolf Trap last Friday night. I grew up listening to this band because there was a time back in the late 80s/early 90s that my Aunt Susi managed them. They are a group based out of Maine called Schooner Fare. If you haven't heard of them,… Continue reading History is What You Are/History is What You Make

John Lennon Didn’t Play Football

This may be a series: Letters from my Aunt. My idea for this blog in the beginning was very different than most of the posts that I have been writing along the way. I saw this as a place to share stories; mainly historical stories about strangers. I never intended to share so many personal… Continue reading John Lennon Didn’t Play Football

Robert Todd Lincoln

I went to see the movie, Lincoln, today. Great movie. Go see this movie. Daniel Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones both do an incredible job as Lincoln and Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, respectively.  The cast is outstanding, and the history lesson is one which we all should become familiar with. Lincoln had no easy task… Continue reading Robert Todd Lincoln

Aunt Susi

My Aunt Susi passed away this weekend. Her death follows the death of my grandfather just a few short months ago. I don't know very many people who loved history as much as my aunt. She was a woman who had so much historical knowledge in her head. I wish I could have heard one… Continue reading Aunt Susi