The Siege of Cosel, which was painted around 1808 is like a woman covered in veils. Gossamer layers of gray, recede ever fainter as he paints the foggy battle scene. Textbooks do not show this well. Even though the painting is massive — larger than a wall in most homes — these figures are sometimes as small as the head of a pin, only visible less than a foot away from the canvas. Seeing them makes the average museum guard nervous as you move scant inches from the canvas.
Most of us in D.C. take the Smithsonian for granted. It’s just there. Like air. Like food from high class eateries and overpriced food trucks. Living in a city where the Smithsonian is generally open every day of the year (except for December 25th), and where the world’s greatest museum is free, means we pop in and out of exhibits like teenagers popping in and out of friends’ homes (and refrigerators). Join me for a virtual visit to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum during the government shutdown.
Missing in action. What horrible words for loved ones to hear. The acronyms “POW” and “MIA” strike fear in the heart of the most stalwart military family. It is hard to believe that as 2018 draws to a close there are still approximately 83,000 Americans who are unaccounted for. The vast majority of these soldiers, sailors, and air force personnel are listed as prisoners of war (POW), missing in combat (MIA), or lost at sea, during WWII, Vietnam and other U.S. military actions. Now, the most powerful organization bringing awareness to MIAs, POWs, and to other veteran’s issues, Rolling Thunder, has announced it’s calling it quits in D.C. because of untenable logistical problems. Seeing Rolling Thunder come to an end is heartbreaking.
A movie review of the Bohemian Rhapsody film, with reflections on an era, and personal lessons learned from Queen, the flim, and the iconic Freddy Mercury.
Diana Belchase was named a finalist for the Linda Howard Award of Excellence for her spy thriller, The Spy in the Harem. The Award is given by the Southern Magic writers group from Birmingham.
Instead of fear, most Sicilians love the volcano that might destroy them. Etna is constantly changing, changeable, beautiful, benevolent and violent. For most Sicilian women, she’s a role model of how to be completely female.
Thank you to Krista Hall for writing this wonderful piece about me that originally posted on Kiss and Thrill! Better than awards are friends who are there to support you in good times and in bad. Krista is one of those folks and I am incredibly glad to […]
I’m so grateful to Lena Diaz celebrating my fourth Golden Heart nomination, and entry into the Golden Hall of Fame, with this incredible post. This time it’s for the fourth book in my spy series! That means each and every book thus far has either won or been […]
I’ve always dreamt of being at a grand ball and waltzing. The image of tall, mysterious men circling a floor to the strains of Strauss, while their partners’ dresses billow behind them, is incredibly romantic – like a music box springing to life. […]
I’ve run the gamut this week: upset for, mad at, and now, unbelievably, outraged on behalf of Ryan Lochte. Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today Show should be ashamed of himself. Unless you’ve been on Mars, you’ve by now heard the tale of the robbery that wasn’t, or perhaps […]
Thank you Sharon Wray for featuring the Golden Heart Suspense finalists — including me!
Okay, time for a bit of fun. Can you identify where these photos were taken? I’ll give you a hint, we’re near George Mason University in Virginia. I’m not looking for a town — Can you tell me what restaurant I’m at? First clue — this architecturally interesting […]
I’m extremely pleased to share Sarah Andre’s interview of me regarding my nomination for the Golden Heart for my spy thriller, Escape from the Harem. Thank you Sarah! and thank you all for your support. XO Originally posted on KissAndThrill.com by Sarah Andre: Hi, Sarah Andre here! For […]
There is something about an old barn. Weathered and worn, sagging beam, missing board, each defect adding to its charm. Gorgeous in its decrepitude. Why don’t we see people this way? The area around Washington, D.C. is filled with many picturesque scenes — Civil War structures one step from falling down, […]
Words can’t say enough, but I hope these photos open people’s hearts to the enormity of your sacrifice on all our parts. Thank you, always.
Possibly one of the most frequent questions I get as an author is: Where does your inspiration come from? The answer: From everything, and everybody, everywhere. An example of this is from a recent trip to NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The fantastic exhibit, China Through the Looking Glass, had all […]
This summer, before you take your horse-crazy teenaged daughter to Chincoteague to see the pony swim from Assateague Island, there are few facts you might want to know. The story is dark, less than romantic, and a hard truth about how women are perceived by men yet today. […]
The blossoms are set to burst any day now, so I’m sending those photos to all of you in hopes you’ll make the trip to Washington, D.C. and share in this spectacular sight. I promise you, there is no description in the world that will equal the experience […]
Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed Easter! I hope it is filled with the wonder of rebirth and joy in all things. XO
Today is LorettaYoung’s birthday. Yes, there are many other people to celebrate this month who seem a whole lot more important, but this woman means something to me and I wanted to share. I believe film, and song, and the stuff my friends and I write matter. The […]