adventures

Dad's letter home from Burma 1944
Exciting news came in the mail this week: One of my blog posts from my WWII blog won third in the statewide Virginia Writers' Club nonfiction contest. "What He Knew When He Wrote the Letter" was previously named the winner at the local level, Richmond Chapter of VWC. http://...
  As we prepare for a national day of thanksgiving, let us all be thankful every day for the extraordinary bounty we enjoy. Through the grace of God we live in a place awash with material goods of every color, size, make or model, a place where motion-sensing snow-globes are available in...
How one woman lost herself in the jungles of Burma in 1944.
For the past 12 years, I have been tracking down a true story of love and war, and I've been amazed by what I've learned about evolving social attitudes among the Southern gentry in the 1930s and 1940s. Not to mention what I've learned about the most lurid theater of war in World War II...
I'm gearing up to appear on a panel at the Festival of the Book this week. Please come cheer me on! Wednesday, March 21 at 2 p.m. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main, Charlottesville. The panel is called, "The Art of the Essay." See you there!
We have sage brush-sized dust bunnies rolling around our house.
  It’s true that, over time, people forget about the intensity of painful events. Case in point: For the past month, we have had workmen in the house, stripping paint, repairing stuff, painting and wallpapering. All the while, we have camped out in a ten by twelve room with a small tv,...
Snowballs and sleds: Goochland Feb. 20, 2012
...or hay fever? It's hard to diagnose your runny nose and sneezing correctly in this weather.  Jonquils and bare feet -- Four days later -- Goochland Feb. 24, 2012
Snow Squall with Thunder in Goochland 2/11/12
Robin Williams appears at another book-signing.
After a VERY successful book signing in Lynchburg last weekend, I'm headed to Westbury Pharmacy this weekend. I'll be signing from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please come see me and pick up a great gift for that hard-to-buy-for person. On Thursday night, 6-9, and Friday morning, 9-12, come see...
There's no dress code at home and we know the menu by heart.
Going to a fast-food emporium is a daunting undertaking for the casual visitor. Obtaining nourishment there is like going to the doctor these days: you have to do a certain amount of self-diagnosis first and be prepared to rattle off what you want with some specificity. “I’ll have an...
Once upon a time a goose drank wine, a monkey chewed tobacco on a street car line. The street car broke, the monkey choked and they all went to heaven on a little Billy goat.