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Boomtown, Texas

In 1926, oil was discovered in Borger, fifty miles north of Amarillo, Texas. My father, William Davis Kirkpatrick, then 24 and single, …

Whistling Vivaldi

Claude Steele‘s book, Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do was sent me by the Rice Annual Fund …

Chicago, Chicago

Five days in Chicago gave me two ways to experience this great city, first with my family and then, on my own. …

Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts

On two beautiful fall days, Lilli, Violet, and I traveled on the Mohawk Trail and discovered five places to treasure. The Mohawk …

Visiting Marjo

Thanks to my good friend Marjo, I have now become acquainted with many wonderful people and places in Ohio and Michigan. A …

Sailing & Stargazing

Stargazing was easy when I was a girl in the Panhandle of Texas. When my friends and I “slept out” under the …

Family Gatherings

Two holidays and one hurricane brought our family members together in the summer of 2017. Independence Day attracted most of our family …

Solar Eclipse 2017

Look up in wonder at the Sun, giver of life. Behold the moon’s brief triumph. Recall mythic explanations, rely on scientific precision; …

Scottish Cities & Towns

Cities in Scotland are energizing and exhilarating; smaller towns, while still stimulating, allow rest and reflection. Most of my vacation this August …

Edinburgh 2017

History:  In the wake of World War II, a group of visionaries pondered the future for European artists and audiences. One of those …