Benjamin Franklin at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

Museums Kids Love

I love taking my grandkids to museums. This summer I’ve visited museums designed specifically for children in Boston, Miami, and West Palm Beach, …

Fountain, Quartier des Spectacles

Three Days in Montreal

Three generations of Smiths spent the first three days of September in Montreal, the city named for its Royal Mountain. We stayed in …

Bethel Inn, Bethel, Maine

A Maine Resort

One way to escape the Florida heat in August is to spend time at the Bethel Inn in western Maine. It worked …

Harbor Cruise, August 28, 2016

Boston Harbor

Though we’ve flown over the Boston Harbor countless times during the last 50 years and taken the Duck Tour, this was our …

Rise of the Rocket Girls

Rising Women

Women who were good at math had few job opportunities in 1939, when this book begins. A few lucky ones became human computers with …

Dornoch to Ullapool to Stornoway

Scottish Highlands & Islands

After 3 days in Dornoch, Kate, Allene and I were ready for more adventure. Steve drove us two hours across the Highlands …

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Golf & Friends in Dornoch

Royal Dornoch in Scotland is celebrating 400 years of golf this year. The Club dates back “only” to the 1800s, but the sport …

MKS & Anne at Royal Academy of Arts

London Art Treasures

Five days in London on my own? Which museums should I see? The Tate Modern, of course, especially since I could now walk there from …

Poster in the Underground

London Landmarks

For years I’ve enjoyed listening to recordings by Sir Neville Marriner and his Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra. On my …