Miscellaneous Short-Form Writings

My latest piece? A look at the lives of two young women, Berlin-born Gerda and Doris Bloch, who restarted their lives after the Holocaust.

Back in July, an  op-ed I wrote for the Washington Post ran in the days after the Confederate flag controversy.

You’ll find “The Complex Legacy of Appomattox” in the June 2015 issue of Civil War Times.

I took a  look at the controversy, in 1936-1937, that led to the first male president at Mount Holyoke College, in the fall 2014 issue of  Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly. It’s called “The Great Divide.” 

In the autumn 2014 issue of Tufts Magazine an essay of mine appeared about our misunderstandings concerning the Civil War; it’s titled “Private Lives of the Civil War.” 

Going back to 2013, I wrote a profile of the chief of art conservation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum,  Tiarna Doherty“Healing Art.” 

And there are my ruminations on parenting, art, and other matters, which appeared in Dickinson Magazine. See “Not Just a Souvenir Program.”

I enjoy writing about music, sports, academics, and other matters for a mix magazines and web sites. Among other recent subjects are . . .

. . . my summer vacation (2011), as an Attingham scholar, in “Downton Abbeys: A Behind-the-Cordon Tour of England’s Great County Houses”

. . . Franklin Delano Roosvelt’s home, in “FDR’s ‘Real’ Springwood on the Hudson”

. . . “Henry Gate,” which helped ignite the War of 1812 in “Mirror, Mirror, Then and Now: Revisiting the War of 1812 in its Bicentennial Year”

. . . Presidential wives Obama and Madison in “Michelle Obama? Meet Dolley Madison”

. . . the gifted singer-songwriter Darrell Scott in “Crooked Road to Nashville”

. . . Presidential homes in “Visit Bill Clinton’s Birthplace”

. . . Marcus Hummon, writer of country hits and musicals in “A Nashville Cat”

. . . the rediscovered remnant of a forgotten free-black community in “A Farm Grows in Brooklyn”

. . . a primer on researching and choosing colors for the historic house in “Historic Paint Colors”

. . . a remembered football hero in “One More Huddle”

. . . images of “Honest Abe” in “Recollecting Lincoln”

. . . the enslaved in colonial New England in “Slavery in Our Midst”

. . .  mathematics teachers who find laughter and joy in their subject in “Fun, Seriously.”