That Old Black Magic on Wheels

  For the last several months I’ve been preoccupied with planning a move across the U.S.A. to the East Bay. (Obviously not with writing posts on this blog. That should change soon.)  Both of my daughters and grandsons are permanently in California. So I’ll start a new adventure living in Oakland near Lake Merritt in…

Immigration in Context

While exercising in the condo’s pool yesterday, I noticed a small brown beetle floating in the water. When I was ready to leave, I realized it was still alive. There was a toy football on the edge of the pool, so I let the beetle climb on it and placed it in the shade. It…

Finding Jane Hall in Manhattan Beach, California

  One soggy March Sunday a few years ago, my daughter, Carlyn Maw, and I headed to Manhattan Beach where Jane and her small family lived between 1927 and 1930. First stop, the small cottage in Polliwog Park that is home to the Manhattan Beach Historical Society. Steve Meisenholder, the society’s former president, has spent most of his…

Poplar Springs – A Tradition of Hospitality

Poplar Springs Farm near Warrenton, Virginia, was a place that came to mean as much to Jane Hall as the desert hamlet of Salome, Arizona. How thrilled she would have been that Poplar Springs Manor is now an oasis of beauty, serenity and gourmet cuisine where anyone can enjoy an unforgettable event in a unique setting.…