The San Francisco Bay Area has been my home for the past 34 years. One of the things I love best is that there is always some new-to-me history to be learned. Today, I learned about Drawbridge. I’ve been driving
My Trip to Shockeysville, Virginia: A Pilgrimage.
If you are a follower of this blog, you may remember that back in April I took a trip to Washington, DC to visit my friend William. Easter Sunday was set aside for a car trip to Shockeysville, Virginia, the
Mount Vernon & The Enslaved Peoples Tour
George Washington owned slaves. So did his wife, Martha. So did Adams, Monroe, Jefferson; the whole lot of them. Straight up slave owners. It wasn’t right, but that was the way things were, and were going to be for decades.
Whirlwind Weekend in Washington, DC
Edited May 6, 2017 to add a link to interior photographs of Mount Vernon. It has been more than 12 years since my last visit to our nation’s capital. It is a city I never tire of. My first visit
I thought it was gonna be easier. . .
About 10 years ago, we decided it was time to turn what was nothing more than a weed patch behind the house into a proper backyard complete with a paved patio and a small patch of grass. Having 2 large
Today, I’m Going “Home.”
Today is a big day for me. Something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, ever since I discovered Marie Shockey’s genealogy books in my Mom’s closet. I learned that my father’s side of the family migrated from
Reflections on a Week in Oklahoma
If you have been following along, you know that I grew up on a farm and ranch in Oklahoma. San Francisco has been my home for the last 35 years. When dad passed away on Easter morning in 2011, one
Goin’ Back to the Oklahoma Hills (for a weekend)
Yup, “Many months have come and gone since I wandered from my home in those Oklahoma Hills where I was born,” like the country bard Hank Thompson once sang back in 1969. (Click the link to hear the song if