Robert Knowles Slaven, Jr. was a man of the type you hope is real but seldom have the honor to meet. … More With Profound Gratitude: Captain Bob Slaven
It will come as no surprise to longtime readers of this blog that I am an archivist at heart. A Christmas present from my son gives me a new way to act on this. Using this light tent, I am photographing the artifacts in my care. Next, I will record their stories to print with … More Artifacts and Memories: Goodbye to 2020
Imagine holding Happy Landings: The Life Behind Emilie Loring’s Stories in your hands for the first time. What is it like? Are you holding a hard-cover book or a paperback? What’s on the cover? It’s time to design the cover of Emilie Loring’s biography. I want it to have just the right appearance when it goes … More Help Design the Book Cover for Happy Landings!
Happy Landings is getting a good polish on the way to its final form. Today, you can help. So far, I’ve let the content and my own experience with Emilie Loring guide me, and I feel happy about the result. Some parts were written so long ago that they seem new as I read them, and … More Your Chance to Influence the Outcome
Greetings, all. I am back from a much-needed vacation! Blue Hill was wonderful. I always feel close to Emilie Loring there. Nova Scotia inspired. Cape Cod made connections. And Boston reassured. This was where Emilie began and her biography took root. Every time I am here, I feel the necessity of telling her story. Now that … More Travails of Biography: The Brutal, Problematic and Necessary Job of Editing
“In preparation for landing, please check to see that your seatbelts are fastened, turn off all electronics, return your tray tables to their full, upright and locked positions, and store all carry-on luggage in the overhead bins or under the seat in front of you…” Our destination, Emilie Loring’s biography, is in sight. All I … More Ladies and Gentlemen, In Preparation for Happy Landings…
When I retired from college teaching, it was because I wanted to do more, not less. I heard the siren call of passions I’d kept on the sidelines and new interests I wanted to explore. When people asked what I was going to do, I said I wasn’t retiring, I was redirecting. With Emilie’s voice in … More “Redirection,” Not Retirement