Gentle Pointers About Life Learned from Life with a Pointer: Remembering a Special Bird Dog

Greta, the day I brought her home in 2002. Like many moments that somehow change your life forever, I ended up the owner of a bird dog entirely by chance. An acquaintance whose father-in-law’s hunting dogs had a litter called to ask if I would like a free German Shorthaired Pointer puppy. I wasn’t familiar with the breed, but he emailed a few pictures of … Continue reading Gentle Pointers About Life Learned from Life with a Pointer: Remembering a Special Bird Dog

Rediscovering Something Old in Something New: Thoughts About My New Fuji X-T1 and Life

From left to right: Sony SLT-A77 with 16-50/2.8 zoom, Fuji X-T1 with 23/1.4R, and Honeywell Pentax SLR with 28/2.8 lens – circa 1965. Photo taken with an iPad! “It looks like it is from the ’80s.” That was the first thing my wife said about my Fuji X-T1 as I excitedly handed it to her. She didn’t mean it as a compliment. The blow to … Continue reading Rediscovering Something Old in Something New: Thoughts About My New Fuji X-T1 and Life

The Larder Hits the Shelves

My essay “Italian New Orleans and the Business of Food in the Immigrant City: There’s More to the Muffuletta than Meets the Eye,” appeared in the 2013 volume The Larder: Food Studies Methods from the American South. In it I discuss the methodology I developed in that became the basis for the Documentary and Oral History Studio at Loyola and how it came to shape … Continue reading The Larder Hits the Shelves

Essay Collection Now Available

It has taken a surprisingly long time to get into print, but Fordham University Press has at long last released The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America’s Continuing Civil War.  I’m honored to join so many fine historians who have contributed to this work and would like to thank the ceaseless efforts of Paul Cimbala and Randall Miller to see it through to … Continue reading Essay Collection Now Available