Frank Sinatra: 100 Years of Ol’ Blue Eyes

Charisma never dies—or at least, it lives on through the legacies created by those who possess it and use it for good. So it almost seems unnecessary to commemorate what would have been a mere 100 years of a charismatic life, when we have the rest of time to enjoy it. However, any occasion is… Continue reading Frank Sinatra: 100 Years of Ol’ Blue Eyes

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Red, White, and Madeira

Picture this: It is July 4, 1776, and the Continental Congress of the thirteen rebellious American colonies has just adopted a wildly liberal document called The Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the document, along with his four co-authors, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, and Benjamin Franklin, are surely settling into a… Continue reading Red, White, and Madeira

What’s So Romantic about the Death of a Saint?

Well, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. Can you feel the bile emerging from the depths of your stomach? If not, you must be one of those mushy, romantic types. Let’s see…what are you doing this year? Spending $5 on a generic paper card that says “I love you forever, oh unique lover”, similar to the one… Continue reading What’s So Romantic about the Death of a Saint?

The Gospel of Wine

When, exactly, was the beginning of viniculture as we know it? Obviously, wild grapevines have been growing on earth as long as there has been vegetation on the planet; but when, exactly, did humans start cultivating grapes to make wine? This question is fiercely debated by scholars who are schooled way beyond my level of… Continue reading The Gospel of Wine

October is H&W’s Anniversary Month (Part 1)

October is the anniversary month for my beloved blog, History & Wine. I could never have imagined from the moment of inception that this personal “creative project” would make it a year with over 100 posts, or so quickly be chosen as a WordPress “Freshly Pressed” blog. However, I am extremely grateful for all the… Continue reading October is H&W’s Anniversary Month (Part 1)

A Lady’s History

Bits and pieces of essays that I have written over the years... There is something very mysterious about a woman’s past. It really does not matter who the woman is--princess or prostitute, the chances of her having some scandal lurking in the shadows of years left behind are high--higher than you will think at first… Continue reading A Lady’s History

The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln, A Book Review

“They had put the president’s health, well being and safety in my hands, under their threat to me. How had they put it? ‘We entrust the sacred life of Mr. Lincoln to your keeping. If you don’t protect it, never return to Illinois, or we will murder you on sight.’ I didn’t drop my guard… Continue reading The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln, A Book Review

The Textile Museum, Who Knew?

I admit that there are many places around the metro-DC area that I have not fully explored. I’m not proud of that fact, because you would think that after almost three years in the area, someone like me would have wrung this place dry of secret cubby holes and hidden gems. Alas, I still have… Continue reading The Textile Museum, Who Knew?

The Yellow Birds, A book Review

“Sure, there is a fine line between not wanting to wake up and actually wanting to kill yourself, and while I discovered you can walk that line for a long while without even noticing, anybody who is around you surely will, and then of course all kinds of unanswerable questions will not be far behind."  -The… Continue reading The Yellow Birds, A book Review

History & Wine’s “Guest Appearance” on NMR

Check out my guest post on the blog, New Modern Republicans. I think you might appreciate some of my insights--after several glasses of wine, of course. You can find the link to the post here: Introducing our Distinguished D.C. Guest Blogger-Jacqueline Coleman. If you have any comments, please feel free to leave them here, or… Continue reading History & Wine’s “Guest Appearance” on NMR