The Porches of Nelson County

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing


I can’t write five words but that I change seven. — Dorothy Parker In the spirit of Virginia Woolf, who was a strong advocate for writing women to have “a room of one’s own,” I recently applied for a stay at a nearby writers’ retreat.  Last Thursday I arrived at The Porches after an hour […]

Your Blueeyed Boy

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | Category: Reflections, Travel Writing


If we had to say what writing is, we would define it essentially as an act of courage. — Cynthia Ozick My mother’s mother, Ida, stood about four foot eleven inches tall  and wore a size 3 and a  half shoe. The entire time that I knew her  (some 25 years) she wore variations of […]

Crush-ed in Annapolis

Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips


The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.  — G.K. Chesterton We had been on the road for nearly two weeks. First we flew up to Boston from Richmond to spend a glorious few days with our friends in Salem. Then we took the train (I love the train) down to Mystic, […]

Fabulous Ferrara, City d’Este

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


“Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.” — Leigh Hunt It all started with the drink. I’ve adopted an Italian favorite as my summer drink this year. A tall, cold Campari and soda with a twist of lime. It’s the prettiest drink you’ve ever seen and — although I’ve been […]