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Working the Next Sculpture

December 21, 2014

These two pieces will be bronze with a black patina – wall mounts as a backdrop for an outdoor courtyard fountain.  The smaller of the two pieces is 4′ x 6′,  the larger piece is 13′ x 6′.   I decided to do this in bronze because it will weather…

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On the Track – Isthmus

November 24, 2014

In Isthmus, set to premier in December, we will be reintroduced to many of the characters from Widow Walk. This brief introduction from Part One: “Gold and silver, the coveted, malleable metals that glistered the ceilings and gilded the columns of the palaces of the ruling classes of the Western world and lined…

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Tattoos: A Long-Standing Native American Tradition

November 18, 2014

    In Widow Walk many of the First Nation Haida, Tlingit, Bella Bella, Bella Coola and Kwakiutl characters wear prominent tattoos and other body decorations. In one scene, a Makah woman, slaved to a Salish tyee (chieftain), recognizes the distinctive markings of the naked Haida warrior she encounters while retrieving…

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Port Townsend: History and Role in Widow Walk

November 10, 2014

Port Townsend, was named in 1792 by explorer George Vancouver after his friend the Marquis of Townsend. Located on the  northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula, it was inhabited solely by Native Americans throughout the 1700’s and early 1800’s. The Chimakum people were the predominant group. The Klallam Indians controlled the…

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Trappers: Life as a Northwest Fur Trapper

November 6, 2014

The Widow Walk characters Rene Marte and Ebin Cull, as well as the denizens in the Red Pelican Inn, are Northwest trappers. Marte is a “Métis” the term that is used for people of First-Nation and European mixed race descent. Cull is a former African slave who has migrated north. These…

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The Pig War

November 4, 2014

Oregon Country: A Brief History of a Land Shared by the US and Britain Widow Walk is a work of historical fiction based on true events that occurred between the years 1852 to 1859 in the Pacific Northwest, then called the Washington Territory of the “Oregon Country.” One of the central…

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The Geography and Climate of Widow Walk and Isthmus

October 16, 2014

I anticipate that Isthmus, the first sequel to Widow Walk, will be ready for readers by this Christmas.  The geography and climate of the two regions in which Emmy Evers and her family traveled were distinctly different. Widow Walk is set in the Pacific Northwest region, including parts of present day Washington…

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Garibaldi the Abolitionist

October 11, 2014

In anticipation of the publication of Isthmus I believe it is important to learn about some of the significant historical figures  who influenced the characters in this book and also would have had some impact on Emmy Evers and her family.   General Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Italian Risorgimento dominated the headlines of newspapers…

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Fuss and Feathers

October 4, 2014

In anticipation of the publishing of Isthmus, the second book in the Widow Walk Saga, I believe it is helpful to describe some of the historical characters who are part of Isthmus.     General Winfield Scott was, before the American Civil War, the most famous and celebrated military commander since Andrew Jackson, having…

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“El Verdugo” in the Isthmus

September 30, 2014

In anticipation of the publishing of Isthmus, the first sequel to Widow Walk, I believe it is important to describe some of the history of the Panama region during the time Emmy Evers and her family would have traveled there en route home to Boston. Let us start with one of the…

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