Rancho del Cielo — enjoying a rare afternoon at the Reagan Ranch in California

Rancho del Cielo — enjoying a rare afternoon at the Reagan Ranch in California

“We’re in Ronald Reagan’s closet,” I said to my brother, my eyes wide. “I know!” he stage-whispered, equally incredulous. Surrounding us in the small walk-in were a few Western shirts, denim jeans, riding boots and britches, Nancy Reagan’s red robe. We were enjoying a private tour of Rancho del Cielo, the Reagan Ranch in California,…

World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

KILROY WAS HERE  The phrase appeared on ships, aircraft, buildings, wherever American servicemen went during World War II.  Usually accompanied by a minimalist drawing of a bald-headed, long-nosed character peering over a wall, the graffito went viral before anyone knew the term.  Its origins are uncertain, but a popular legend centers around a Quincy-based ship inspector…

Two Days in Williamsburg (and a Night in Jamestown)

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: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent…

On Walden Pond

On Walden Pond

“The scenery of Walden is on a humble scale, and, though very beautiful, does not approach to grandeur, nor can it much concern one who has not long frequented it or lived by its shore,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. The American writer lived by the Concord, Massachusetts, pond’s shore, in a 14’4” x 10’4” x…