Movie Review: Wordplay


The opening scene of Wordplay (2006) shows the Marriott Hotel in Stamford, CT.  The same Stamford that was my hometown for 15 developmental years of my life.  The same Marriott where my family had a pool membership one summer.  And all throughout this documentary, people speak of Stamford in reverent tones as the Valhalla of…

Ireland/Britain 1998 day 21: Stirling/Inverness


I left Glasgow on the Great Northen Railways “In the Path of the Flying Scotsman” on 10 February 1998. The plan was to travel to Inverness stopping at Stirling en route. I’d seen Braveheart and read about William Wallace and the Battle of Stirling so I figured it was worth a day trip. From the…