Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Morning By The Bay

"Like a Lake"...till the wind kicks in. :-)

September Beach

The third week of September saw some real Caribbean conditions on Fire Island. However, the weather, "it are a'changin'"! High winds and a serious dip in the temperature is on the radar.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Night At The Ballpark

Major fun at the Minor Leagues with the Photographer and the brother. Life is Good!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Salad And Fries

Went to the ball game last night...looking for that "different" ballpark shot when lo and behold, dinner was being served in the field level box seats!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Cornfield

147 years ago today this rather ordinary looking farm field (aka "The Cornfield) was ground zero in the bloodiest one day battle in American history. In the four hours from 6am-10am, 8,000 men fell in this field during the early part of the battle at Antietam.
I learned (only recently) that my Mother's Grandfather, Pvt. Allen McLane, survived the 50/50 odds of making it across this field on the morning of Sept. 17th, 1862. Allen's 124th Pennsylvania Brigade started from the woods at the right hand side of this image to a point just beyond where the photo was taken. Today the quiet here is both spiritual and awe-inspiring.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

September 1862

The battle of Antietam ended Lee's advance through Maryland. Though far outnumbered, the Confederate troops inflicted heavy casualties on the Union side and most historians view the battle as a "draw". Many agree that the Civil War could have been won at Antietam if the Union Command had used all the troops held in reserve. (Abraham Lincoln fired General McClelland immediately after the battle).

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Silent Guns

Unlike other National Battlefields, Antietam has a limited number of monuments. The intent at Antietam was to create a quiet, natural environment for reflection and remembrance. Preservationists continue to take stewardship of the hallowed ground and currently are involved with reforestation of areas where timber has been harvested.

September Sailing

"As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin' man I have chalked up many a mile.... Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks.... And I learned much from both of their styles..." J. Buffett

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Antietam Farming

The farm fields that are the sites of the original battlefield of Antietam are still farmed today. The fields are leased to local farmers by the National Park Service. Much the park remains today as it did in 1862.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Genealogy, searching for roots and looking for connections is perhaps a return to that universal childhood question of "where did I come from?". Feeling a self imposed sense of urgency (perhaps a post mid- life awareness) Alida and I have made many discoveries in a relatively short period of time. It's all about documentation, putting the pieces together and connecting the dots. It is fun and new discoveries are exciting.
"Where did I come from?" The geographic answer to this point in my search is in the Maryland countryside of the late 1700's and the urban landscape of a mid-1800's Philadelphia. Ireland, Scotland and Germany are on my research radar. The journey continues, life is good!

Monday, September 07, 2009


The single bloodiest day in U.S. history occurred in western Maryland on September 17, 1862. The battle of Antietam lasted one day with a casualty count of 23,000 soldiers. We are told that between the hours of 6 am and 10 am a man went down every second during the back and forth struggle for the 24 acre "cornfield". One brigade from Louisiana (Gen. Hay's) saw 60 percent casualties in thirty minutes. It is said that every stalk of corn was shredded to the ground by weapons fire.
I was drawn to Antietam this weekend at the invitation of distant (here- to-fore unknown) cousins for a family reunion of sorts. Through my genealogy research I recently learned that my Mother's Great grandfather (my Great-Great Grandfather) fought at Antietam as a member of the 124th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. As a part of the 12th Corps, the 124th was instrumental in capturing the "cornfield" section of the battle field. My distant third cousins were celebrating his legacy, we connected through a research website on the inter net. It was an honor and a thrill to be included and to meet "new" family members!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Right Red Return

Heading for port under a glorious September sky and having the bay all to ourselves...priceless!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009


I can feel it in the evening when closing the patio umbrella, I feel it in the morning when bringing in the paper. Summer has begun it's gradual slide into fall. September holds promise for much more wonderful weather, yet still it marks a corner turned. The bathing suit uniform adds a sweatshirt, tevas are traded for sneakers and long pants become more practical than shorts.
September is upon us. Life is good.