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A Friend Bearing Gifts of Memories

Had a pleasant, unexpected visit from a friend I shared the stage with twenty-five years ago––and she was bearing gifts.

Mel Woods, a beautiful and talented dancer, singer, and actress, and I had performed together in several Kiwanis Kapers (Bradford Kiwanis club annual charitable fundraising variety shows.) They were among my favorite shows. I knew they had been video-taped but have been unsuccessful locating a copy. My collection is now complete.

Yes, Mel’s gift was three DVD’s of the 1996,’97, and ’98 shows.

I so enjoyed reliving the moments watching them last night. Great memories. Thank you Mel!


Do not miss the Ken Burns six-hour PBS mini-series.

You will see the charismatic, charming, cocky, crazy, Ernest Hemingway from childhood to death in this fascinating biography. As usual, Burns will amaze you with intricate, much unexpected, detail––warts, and all.

I might add a subtitle. Hemingway: The Man and the Myth. I think I prefer the myth.

I stumbled on the third two-hour episode last night. I had a special interest, having met Hemingway and his wife Mary at an Embassy reception in Havana, Cuba, on our CG Academy cadet cruise in 1956.

Reader or Author, Hemingway fan or not, everybody can enjoy this wonderful human interest series.

You can watch all three of the two-hour episodes here:

The Ides of March: A good day.

As We Were::1958

Today, the Ides of March, Carol and I celebrate our 63rd wedding anniversary. Last night, as I did last year, I read aloud the chapters from my memoirs, The View From the Rigging, that covered the events of our meeting, dating, and the wedding. We enjoyed a happy-hour cocktail in our study, listening to 50’s music, watching our scrolling screen panorama of family pictures.

I loved it when Carol’s eyes lit up, remembering an event as I read it knowing it was all new to her. I’m so lucky to have had so many great years with her.

Pause for Panama Research

Feeling I needed a little more research, I have hit the pause button on my Goldlisters of Panama. That was a good move.  I have gained more insight on the Canal construction having read Panama Fever by Mathew Parker, gathered helpful craft advice on how to handle my main character through Libbie Hawker’s Making it in Historical Fiction.

Meanwhile I’ve enjoyed reading together with Carol, Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning historical fiction, All the Light We Cannot See. I highly recommend this book. A beautifully written story of a blind ten-year-old girl’s survival in WWII occupied France and her connection to the young German soldier who saved her.

I think I’m re-motivated to continue Goldlisters of Panama.