January 9, 2020
Northweaster by Winslow Homer 1895

How This Collection Came To Me

It’s simple, really. My mother died in 1991. Thirteen years later my father died. My brother and I fixed up the house in New York, where […]
January 6, 2020
A Girl with Geese by Vladimir Makovsky 1875.

Polya and The Geese

July 28, 2018
Mark Twain's Polecat

Mark Twain’s Response to Massacres in Kishinev

The plight of Russia in the early twentieth century did not escape notice by Mark Twain. Mark Twain wrote in response to dispatches regarding the 1903 […]
July 28, 2018

A Portrait of Mrs. Siddons as The Tragic Muse

  Grandmothers can have long lives before we know them. And mine was around sixty when I first came into the world. Now, I say around […]