Kew Gardens Pond

Kew Gardens

My first visit to Kew Gardens was in 2000 with my friends Louise and Leon Chester. In 2003 it became a United Nations World Heritage …

Chelsea Physic Garden

Two London Gardens

My five days in London began with a cheerful display of sunflowers at The Bailey’s Hotel and progressed to the wonders of Kensington, Chelsea …

BBC Proms Concerts at royal Albert Hall, London

Sounds of British Music

A piece for glass harmonica and accordion opened the Proms Concert at Royal Albert Hall in London on August 1, my first musical …

Jim Walker with student flutists

Music & More at Chautauqua

Flutist Jim Walker was the first of three outstanding professional musicians I encountered this year at Chautauqua. He is an old friend …

Hamilton Piano/Vocal score

Hamilton on Broadway

Reading Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton led me to Hamilton: the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, a book that supplies an annotated score …

Steve & Martha

50 Years with Steve

We were just twenty-two, but somehow we knew/Life would be terrific, if we said “I do.” With Texas backgrounds, we sought East …

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

As soon as I “met” Alexander Hamilton as a statue while Celebrating Independence in Philadelphia, I began reading Alexander Hamilton, the 2005 biography by Ron …

Thomas, the Patriot

Celebrating Independence

As the the Summer Solstice coincided with a full moon for the first time in 49 years, my daughter, grandsons and I …

Jailed for Freedom tee shirt

Women’s Suffrage

A tiny museum in Lorton, Virginia, tells the remarkable story of Lucy Burns and Alice Paul and six months that changed history. …