June 20, 2016


My maternal grandmother, Helen Elizabeth Porter Conway, was a kleptomaniac. For most of her life she lifted things she considered beautiful or interesting – everything from antique jewelry to library books – and she tucked them away in various nooks and crannies a...

March 25, 2016



As my mother stood in the vestry, just a few moments before walking down the aisle to marry my father, his mother appeared to share some advice. Had she not known her so well, mom might have assumed she was there to offer best wishes or some such nonsense, but Cather...

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