I often wonder what Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, John Adams, George Mason, Benjamin Franklin, and the other Founders would think about today’s America. What about the earliest Boston revolutionaries, men like Samuel Adams, Joseph Warren, John Hancock, and…Read more

It is the last day of my childhood. My brother, Mark, and I knock on the door of our mother’s bedroom. Without waiting for an answer, we rush in and jump on her bed.  Because Mummy is ill, we have…Read more

We are four generations under one roof this summer, from infant Charlotte to almost-ninety Great-grandmother. This is a situation which is getting rarer and rarer in this day and age when families are divided by large distances and small dwellings.…Read more

The future arrives on New Year’s Day, 1912. Walter Lippmann arrives with it.  The brisk young man strides into the city hall of Schenectady, New York. Black-haired, dark-eyed, rounded with baby fat: You might think him handsome, if he did…Read more

I didn’t run away the first time. Mother did. I was only six weeks old, just a newborn swaddled in cloth. The supermarket was just at the bottom of the hill, only a few blocks from our apartment in Riverdale.…Read more

The largest, most luxurious ocean liner afloat was two days out of New York and steaming to the southwest at a steady twenty knots. It was July 28, 1914, and the SS Vaterland, Germany’s newest superliner, was making her fourth…Read more

You never knew what a kid in the interview room might say to jolt you out of your slumber and back to your senses and force you to pay attention. And once you were paying attention, you naturally placed far…Read more

Back in the United States, the Ebola scare moved to an entirely new level. The man I had seen on the news as I was leaving the States was identified as Thomas Eric Duncan. He was a Liberian national who…Read more

Most of the wives would rather have gone out for a night on the town than be stuck inside the kitchen fighting the good fight on the domestic front, but over the course of being a test pilot’s wife, none…Read more