Following in the Footsteps of Hawthorne, Melville, and Thoreau?


This post is dedicated to our family's radiant and clear-sighted hiker and nature lover, Mrs. Corrie Priola Dickinson, our eldest grandson Joe's bride of 18 months.  We don't get to see them much these days because they are stationed in Monterey, California, but we think of them daily and wonder what great adventures they must … Continue reading Following in the Footsteps of Hawthorne, Melville, and Thoreau?

MEDIA WATCH: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SELLS TO FOX; OWNER RUPERT MURDOCH IS CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER


FYI: As a follow-up to yesterday's blog:  Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Another 127 year old renowned printed medium placed in the hands of a media mogul. Should we be delighted or concerned? By Miriam Raftery September 12, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – First published in 1888, the National Geographic magazine has long been one … Continue reading MEDIA WATCH: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SELLS TO FOX; OWNER RUPERT MURDOCH IS CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!


My Short Time in the Newspaper Business My second job out of high school was working in the classified advertising department of the Washington Star Newspaper (1852-1981).  Until its demise in 1981, The Star was universally regarded as the “paper of record” for the nation’s capital. Published under such titles as Washington Star-News and The … Continue reading Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

The Lee’s–a Historically Significant Virginia and Maryland Political Family


Colonial America and Prominent Lee Family Members Many prominent members of the Lee Family are known for their accomplishments in politics and the military.  This family first became prominent in Colonial America when Richard Henry Lee I arrived in Virginia in 1639 and went on to become possibly the richest man in Virginia by the time … Continue reading The Lee’s–a Historically Significant Virginia and Maryland Political Family

Civil War Dogs Are Part of Our History and Heritage, too!


As my regular blog readers know from several of my posts, I am an animal lover--I especially love dogs--all breeds and mixes.  And I love them for a variety of reasons: foremost, they love me unconditionally, they are life-long companions, they listen to me whenever, wherever, and without interrupting when I am feeling blue or just need to … Continue reading Civil War Dogs Are Part of Our History and Heritage, too!

“Thrills and Funerals”–Lives and Times with Motorcycles


The Surprise Birthday Gift! In June 2013, my husband, Bob, both deeply surprised and angered me with his purchase of a 2013 Harley Davidson Breakout Motorcycle as a gift to himself for his impending 70th birthday! Three months later (and before his birthday), I received a call from Bob as he was being transported by ambulance … Continue reading “Thrills and Funerals”–Lives and Times with Motorcycles