Shining a Light on the Maine Coast

Happy National Lighthouse Day! In honor of the occasion, here is a photo I took a few years ago of Nubble Light, in York, Maine, officially called the Cape Neddick Light Station. A nubble is a knob or lump, and refers here to the lumpy rock of the cape where the station sits. We sawContinue reading “Shining a Light on the Maine Coast”

Throwback Thursday: Ancestral Portrait

It’s Thursday, and I have an old family portrait to share. This is my great, great aunt, just off the boat from Italy. No, actually, it is not. I lied. This is an old picture, but not quite that old. This is me, outfitted as one of my own ancestors! It was taken many yearsContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Ancestral Portrait”

Throwback Thursday: Ransom Fire

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I present a photo I found online, of a fire in May 1947 at a Pennsylvania state institution for the indigent. (It was also an asylum for the mentally ill at some point in its history.) I did not choose this photo at random. In fact, finding it really blewContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Ransom Fire”

Throwback Thursday: Foamhenge

I just came across this old photo of my son, taken in 2007 when he was five years old. You can see the mysterious ancient standing stones of Stonehenge behind him…. No, not really. I took this photo in Natural Bridge, Virginia. The Stonehenge you see is actually made of Styrofoam. So, inevitably, it isContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Foamhenge”

Throwback Thursday: Sailor Suit

This Sunday is Father’s Day, so for Throwback Thursday, here’s a photo of my own father, from Easter 1943, when he had just turned four years old. Before the end of that year, his own father would be called up to fight in World War II. This one always surprises me a bit, in theContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Sailor Suit”

Italy 2012: Day 13

Nine years ago today, my glorious time in Italy was coming to a close. June 6 was my last full day in Assisi, one of my own ancestral hometowns. I spent most of it wandering the magnificently historic streets, and visiting churches and shops and ruins. This hill town is ridiculously scenic; going through myContinue reading “Italy 2012: Day 13”

Italy 2012: Day 10

The tenth day of my trip to Italy, exactly nine years ago, was my time-travel day. I began the day in ancient Roman times and moved forward through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Colosseum, in particular, captured my imagination. I’d heard about it all my life, and have seen many photos. But nothing capturesContinue reading “Italy 2012: Day 10”