Category Archives: 20th Century

Gone, Not Forgotten

In 1834, Richard Henry Dana sailed south from Boston around Cape Horn and up the long Pacific coast to California. Upon seeing the vast emptiness of our coastal land he wrote in his diary, “What brought us into such a … Continue reading

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A Separate World More Glorious

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past,  I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,  And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste: Then can I drown an … Continue reading

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Echos of My Blue Ridge Ancestors

October is peak tourist season in Shenandoah National Park, when the forest puts on a dazzling show that never fails to delight. The trees are decked out in their royal colors: crimson, gold, and purple, a palette of shimmering color that stretches from far horizon … Continue reading

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The Grandmother I Never Knew

I know only wisps of my grandmother’s life, those parts that came to me in stories told by my mother, or from the occasional times our family made the 3,000 mile trip from Southern California to the Virginia farm where she spent … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal”

The following is a review of Sue Eisenfeld’s new book about the hearty mountaineers who lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains before creation of Shenandoah National Park, and who were evicted and moved from their homes to make way for the … Continue reading

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Born to Run

I’m on a work project with no time to write, so I am posting this oldie but goodie. Enjoy! I have lots of photos of my father’s mother. Portraits of her as a child. Portraits of her as a young … Continue reading

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At the Wheel: The Life of Jessie Merica, Part 1

I don’t know if Jessie Thomas Merica was a horse-obsessed boy, but even if he was, I bet he soon forgot ole’ Pet the family equine once the automobile came into his life. Jessie was born in 1916, which was … Continue reading

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