Six More Weeks of Winter…Again.

It’s Groundhog Day 2022! This morning, the world’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his winter home and saw his shadow, forecasting the continuation of winter for another six weeks. That’s no surprise here, given this weekend’s forecast of still more snow and ice. (Here’s a link to live footage of Phil from thisContinue reading “Six More Weeks of Winter…Again.”

Throwback Thursday: Steamship

I just found an image from an old postcard of the S.S. Chicago, the steamship that brought my great grandmother and three of her children to Ellis Island in 1909. Francesca Piccioli was from the Marche region of Italy, but she had been working as a wet nurse in France, which explains why she boardedContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Steamship”

Throwback Thursday: Mister Peanut

I remember a room filled with Mister Peanut cookie jars, key rings, beer steins, and coin banks. I had thought I was remembering them in my grandparents’ basement, but my mother recently told me it could not have been there; my grandmother disliked the Mister Peanut memorabilia and would not allow more than a fewContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Mister Peanut”

Photo Friday: Providence

A few weeks ago, walking along the Alexandria waterfront, we came upon this lovely tall ship, the sloop Providence. There’s something special about seeing an 18th century replica ship in the port of an 18th century city. We do like our history here. The original ship Providence began life as the Katy, used as aContinue reading “Photo Friday: Providence”

Throwback Thursday: Pope in the Tree

My genealogical research has turned up something interesting in my family tree. All my life I’ve heard family rumors that I’m related to a Pope (no, not a direct descendant) but I never knew for sure. And I had no details about which Pope or how I might be related, if it was true atContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Pope in the Tree”

Postcards From the World: Mother of Lighthouses

Today I am spotlighting a postcard that arrived here yesterday from a Postcrosser named Siriku in Helsinki, Finland. The moody, dramatic photo shows Bengtskär Lighthouse, which Siriku says has a very stormy history involving treacherous waters and a World War II battle with the Soviets. According to the lighthouse’s own website, “Bengtskär is the mother,Continue reading “Postcards From the World: Mother of Lighthouses”

Photo Friday: Grandma Petrini

Yesterday I posted a photo of my grandfather Petrini with his army unit in World War II. Today, for Photo Friday, and in honor of all the family history research I’ve been immersed in, is a photo of my grandmother Petrini, though she wasn’t married yet in this photo, so she was still Maria PiccioliContinue reading “Photo Friday: Grandma Petrini”

Throwback Thursday: Veteran’s Day Tribute

I guess I’ve mentioned that I’ve been doing a lot of genealogy research, and have added so much to my family tree. So for Throwback Thursday, and for Veteran’s Day, I’m posting a photo of my grandfather’s army unit in World War II. I have posted this photo before, but it’s worth another look. MyContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Veteran’s Day Tribute”

Book Review: Kindred

Why Does a Harry Potter Group Read Kindred? I recently led a book discussion of Octavia Butler’s time-travel novel, Kindred. This was not my regular book club or the Anti-Racist Book Club, though the novel could fit well into the reading list of either group. It was my Harry Potter group. When I sat downContinue reading “Book Review: Kindred”