Still the Brightest Witch of Her Age

My favorite Harry Potter character, Hermione Granger, has a birthday today. Hermione was born on September 19, 1979, which would have made her one of the oldest students in her class at Hogwarts. (Harry, born June 31, was one of the youngest.) So Hermione is now 43 years old!!! I am still trying to getContinue reading “Still the Brightest Witch of Her Age”

Throwback Thursday: I Remember Papa

Today would be my maternal grandfather’s 108th birthday, so for Throwback Thursday, I’m posting a photograph of him as a child. I do not have a date, but this was his First Holy Communion photo, so it’s probably early in the 1920s. My grandfather was born in 1914, the son of Italian immigrants. When heContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: I Remember Papa”

Throwback Thursday: Laura and Almanzo

This photo is not mine, of course. But when I realized that today is the wedding anniversary of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder, I knew I had to post it here. Laura, 18, and Almanzo, 28, had planned to marry in the fall of 1885. She and her mother were thinking about the wedding dressContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Laura and Almanzo”

It’s a Wonderful Museum

Six years ago this week, we met Zuzu! Bob and I visited Seneca Falls, New York, that week. After touring the women’s rights museum that had brought us to town, we came across an unexpected attraction: the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum. Seneca Falls seems to have been film director Frank Capra’s inspiration for theContinue reading “It’s a Wonderful Museum”

Day 2: Dayton to Cedar Rapids

This post was written and dated July 4. It was not published for public consumption until August 2, after we returned home from the trip, so as not to tip off the criminals about our house being empty for a month. The second day of our Great American Epic Road Trip Adventure began in aContinue reading “Day 2: Dayton to Cedar Rapids”

Throwback Thursday: Great-Aunt Pierina

A major genealogy find this week: I finally located the box that contains a lot of old family photographs. A few are originals. Most are copies. Some I had remembered and wished I could find; others I had little memory of. But this helps so much with my family history research! Here is one ofContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Great-Aunt Pierina”

Father’s Day Festivities

Yesterday was Father’s Day, and Bob’s choice of what do for it involved eating crabs by the Chesapeake Bay. So we drove out to Deale, Maryland, in the afternoon and ate at a restaurant on the dock, with a view of the boats. The weather was perfect, Bob got his crabs, and my vegetable-averse sonContinue reading “Father’s Day Festivities”

Houseguests and Turtles

I’ve barely posted on this blog in the past week or so, except for quick, general stuff like lists of writers’ birthdays and photos in honor of the occasional weird holiday. That’s because we’ve been busy here with houseguests. I’ve managed to find some time to edit chapters of the science-fiction book I’m working on,Continue reading “Houseguests and Turtles”