Book Review: American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan


Author: Edmund S. Morgan Title: American Slavery, American Freedom Narrator: Sean Pratt Publication Info: Gildan Media, LLC (2013) Summary/Review: This book is not so much a history of slavery as it is an economic history of Colonial Virginia.  In a sense, understanding the conditions of Colonial Virginia is important to understanding how this English community came to…

Book Reviews: Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz


Author: Tony Horwitz Title: Midnight Rising Narrator: Dan Oreskes Publication Info: Macmillan Audio (2011) Previously read by same author: Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War  Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before  A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World  Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia Summary/Review:…

Photopost: Colonial Virginia


Some of my favorite photos from our recent trip to Virginia are below.  See the complete photo album on my website. For Spring Break, my son Peter and I traveled to Virginia to visit my mother and play tourist at Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestowne, and Go-Karts Plus.  It was  three-day trip but it felt like we…

Beer Review: AleWerks Old Stitch


Beer: Old Stitch Brewer: AleWerks Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.2 of 10) Comments: The waiter at Chowning’s Tavern is a beer aficionado and set me up with a sample of another AleWerks beer (I left him a generous tip).  Old Stitch is brown with a cream-colored head. The nose is sweet and chocolatey, while…

Beer Review: AleWerks Dear Old Mum


Beer: Dear Old Mum Brewer: AleWerks Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.6 of 10) Comments: Visited Chowning’s Tavern at Colonial Williamsburg and enjoyed a mug of this locally-brewed, 18th-century recipe beer.  Dear Old Mum is unfiltered with a honey-color and not much head.  The scent is grainy and the flavor is spicy with a…

Book Review: Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price


Author:  Reynolds Price Title: Kate Vaiden Publication Info:  Scribner (1986) ISBN:  0689117876 Summary/Review:  This story set in rural North Carolina and later in Norfolk, Virginia is told from the perspective as a memoir titular character.  Kate’s parents die in a murder-suicide leaving Kate to be raised by relatives and to get involve in self-destructive sexual…

Photopost: Outer Banks


Some photos from a return visit to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  See the whole gallery of photos online. Previously: Outer Banks (May 2009)

Ireland/Britain 1998 day 41: London to home


On 2 March 1998, I went home. Sort of. I had to wake up early to make sure I made it to Heathrow Airport on time so I got promises from my French dormate Nadja and a Danish woman that they’d wake me before they left for work. I was so keyed up I didn’t…

Hyperactive Hyperlinks


Here’s another post that’s nothing more than a collection of links, many of them silly, the majority introduced to me by Metafilter. Abandoned But Not Forgotten is a collection of photos of abandoned, historical, and unusual locations from around the world. Beware of the slow loading vintage web design (somewhat apropos to the topic actually)…

Book Review: Bridge to Terabithia


I got a free copy of the Teacher’s Edition of Bridge to Terabithia (1977) by Katherine Paterson at the ALA Conference exhibition hall.  I’d never heard of the book prior to the release of the movie this year, which is surprising since the 1977 release date puts it right in my childhood.  Then again I…

Movie Review: The New World


As a follow-up to Jamestown’s 400th anniversary, Susan and I watched the latest cinematic interpretation of the Jamestown story The New World (2005). In the movie we meet our lead characters John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Pochahantas/Matoaka/Rebecca (Q’Orianka Kilcher). Smith wanders sullenly through the tall grasses of the Virginia swamps and laconically avoids conversation with…

Jamestown 2007 – America’s 400th Anniversary


As detailed in this post about Jamestown, the buried truth, I’ve been greatly anticipating the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in the Western hemisphere. May 13, 1607 is the date of the founding of Jamestown by the Virginia Company (although some sources state May 14, since that is the day the colonists…

Book Review: Jamestown, the Buried Truth


As my mom likes to tell the story, back in 1994 archaeologist Bill Kelso addressed a small audience to introduce his plans for the Jamestown Rediscovery project. The lack of interest arose from the notion that all that could be learned about the early days of the settlement had already been discovered. It was popularly…