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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…