culture, features, food, history, travel, wine

Israel: A Foodie’s Promised Land

Israeli breakfast is a cheese lover’s Canaan.  At the Jerusalem hotel where I arrived mid-morning after a long flight, there were easily two dozen varieties—white, yellow, bleu, hard, soft, semi-soft, creamy. It’s an example of how Kosher restrictions can foster pleasure, the way that structure forces a poet to create literary beauty.  Because of the… Read More Israel: A Foodie’s Promised Land

history, travel

Two Days in Williamsburg (and a Night in Jamestown)

Patrick Henry stood in front of Virginia’s capitol building and read aloud the Declaration of Independence, reminding the gathered crowd of the litany of abuses committed by George III as catalogued by fellow Virginian Thomas Jefferson: … He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by… Read More Two Days in Williamsburg (and a Night in Jamestown)

history, travel

Fredericksburg: From Revolution to Civil War

Say “Fredericksburg” and most people think of Civil War history. That’s understandable.  The Virginia town was home to one of that conflict’s bloody battles.  And the Confederates’ victory probably lengthened the War. But first settled in 1607, Fredericksburg’s history goes far further back. After the Battle of Yorktown, George Washington held a “great reception” at his brother Charles’… Read More Fredericksburg: From Revolution to Civil War