Washington’s Crossing

Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer, Oxford University Press, 2004. This book takes us from Boston in March of 1776 to Princeton in January 1777. I found it detailed, yet interesting. The struggle to form and keep an army fighting against the best army in the world at that time is the overriding theme of…

Tall Tower

On a recent trip to Europe we spent 3 days in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland.  This valley was an inspiration that J.R.R. Tolkien took for Rivendell. What about the two towers in Lord of the Rings?  Could the Ulm Minster steeple have been and inspiration for Tolkien?  I can’t find any evidence of this,…