November 2014

Tattoos: A Long-Standing Native American Tradition

By |November 18th, 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 water from a stream. She is […]

Port Townsend: History and Role in Widow Walk

By |November 10th, 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 land that encompassed the area […]

Trappers: Life as a Northwest Fur Trapper

By |November 6th, 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 characters are typical of the […]

The Pig War

By |November 4th, 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 pieces of history in Widow Walk is […]

October 2014

The Geography and Climate of Widow Walk and Isthmus

By |October 16th, 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 state, the San Juan Islands, and […]

Garibaldi the Abolitionist

By |October 11th, 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 throughout the western world in the […]

Fuss and Feathers

By |October 4th, 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 achieved fame as the result of his […]

September 2014

“El Verdugo” in the Isthmus

By |September 30th, 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 most notorious and legendary […]

August 2014

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By |August 31st, 2014|

The Camino Real of Panama

By |August 27th, 2014|


This past week I traveled with Christian Strassnig the director of Cultour ( and Camino Real Project ( into the Jungle of the Chagres National Park where he, his colleagues from the Instituto Nacional de Cultura and the mestizo peasant community recently recovered portions of the Camino Real, a paved four-foot wide […]