No Flowers for Algernon

It seems as if customer service has been done a dis-service yet again. Last week, a good friend of mine lost his mother. He lives in Texas; I live in Maryland. I called 1-800-FLOWERS to let him know that I was thinking about him. It’s a shame that 1-800-FLOWERS wasn’t thinking about me. I ordered … Read More

No Business Like Snow Business

Well, it’s another week that there isn’t a whole lot of traveling going on for this historic traveler. But dang, this winter is nothing if not *historic*. According to the weathermen, the snowiest year on record for Baltimore was 1994-1995, with 62″ of the white stuff falling. In this winter season, we’ve seen 79″ of snow … Read More

I’m a Baby Seller

This weekend, I started packing up some of my things from our Victorian house in Cape May. I know–even before I write this blog–that this post won’t technically be about historic travel, unless you include traveling down memory lane. Which I am. Because it’s all that I can think about. We bought our vacation house in 2001. … Read More

Turn the Lights Out When You Leave

Last night, the lights went out on the ten-week long Nights of Lights in St. Augustine. If you missed it this year, make your reservations for 2010-2011. It’s a pretty magical place…enlightening, as the poets and the artists say! Thank goodness for that warm Florida weather, and the beautiful buildings that still shine day or night, … Read More

Letter from Richmond

As you may or may not know, HTG works in the agricultural sector of our country’s economic engine. (How appropriate for a history lover to work with what is TRULY the world’s oldest profession, right?) As part of my duties, I recently found myself in Richmond, Virginia, stopping there for an excuse to drink Virginia’s finest fermented grapes … Read More

Here Kitty, Kitty: Cat Got Your…Foot?

There’s a new survey out about cats and dogs and the people who like them (or don’t like them). Here’s the gist: 74% of people like dogs a lot, while just under half of the people feel the same way about cats. As if cat people would fill out some stupid survey. I like both … Read More

Loving the Craziness: Villa Zorayda

When people used to ask me what my house looked like on the inside, I used to say “early crazy.” Because the people we bought the house from were a little…eccentric. A few details: our living room had one paneled wall, one stucco’d wall, and fake beams on the ceiling. There was white Z-brick in the … Read More

New Year, Old Tricks

Earlier this week, I shared with you my love for all things Belsnickel. For the record, the lonely travelers I was talking about were rural Belsnickels. They terrorized children that lived down long lanes, in drafty old farmhouses. Children who had to milk cows and help can beans. Children who spent most of the winter … Read More

Glories of Christmases Long, Long Ago

Christmas itself is a time capsule, with a crumpled old green bow on it. Like…the ornament I bought from Charleston in 2002, the first time I had shrimp and grits (as opposed to the ornament I bought in 2005, which was the first time I liked shrimp and grits). The Christmas plates and canisters that my mother-in-law gave me … Read More

Playing Fort

When HTG was a kid, there was not much that I liked more than building a snow fort. One that was too small for grown-ups to even think about entering. Okay, I wasn’t going to live there long term, but the little bit of solitude was a delicious respite from the world. It wasn’t complete solitude, because … Read More