Welcome!

Though I grew up on a corn-and-dairy farm in Central New Jersey, I enjoyed the best of all worlds–a rural, riverside childhood and a lot of NYC culture.

Today, I explore history, art, antiques, and collectibles. Hundreds of my articles have appeared in US, UK, Canadian, and Australian online/print magazines.

My best qualities, in addition to clear, engaging writing, are enthusiasm and delight in discovery. Most of all, I love when different realms of my research mesh.

My foray into porcelain history, for example, linked to a
Quantz flute housed in an 18th century royal porcelain box

My exploration of ancient glass revealed the mystery of “lost” techelet, a purple-blue dye that today, as of old, adorns tallit fringes.

I’ve also written

Jewish Lives: Britain 1750-1950, featuring the life-stories of ten Jews who immigrated to Britain.

Between Galicia and Hungary: The Jews of Stropkov, exploring Jewish life (c1640-1942) in a small Slovakian town.

Along the way, I’ve also done extensive Slovakian and Bessarabian (Moldavan) genealogical research. Fellow researchers will find a selection of Stropkov, Slovakia research links here.

Questions? Quests? Contact me