Category Archives: making history

my historian life

Goth Dilly., originally uploaded by mind on fire.

This is me, as I look most of the time (well, maybe not in these particular clothes because I do attempt to shower and change my clothes on most days). Here I’m sitting on the bed typing away on my beloved “junebug” computer.

This is the business of history-making: the long hours spent at keyboard and/or reading. These days I read a minimum of one book per day and I try to write at least two pages daily on my dissertation. I love my work and my life. I’m so lucky to be well-funded and able to pursue this fascinating line of research (and my diphtheria stories make such great party talk!).

For those of you who are still reading(!), you might enjoy my recent ruminations today on my history blog…where I discuss the process of “making collaborative butter sculptures” (do you think I’ve had just wee bit too much work and no play lately???).


(photo by John)


speaking, by K, originally uploaded by pilgrimgirl.

This past Saturday, pimping my podcast to UCI recruits and colleagues.

PS: It’s an established fact that I can’t speak without waving my arms around. Just thought you might want to know that.

another kind of desk job

another archive photo, originally uploaded by pilgrimgirl.

See me, sitting in the back in black? This is what I do. Sitting in an archive, searching through a scrapbook of newspaper articles about the Santa Monica Veterans’ Home.

The time passes so quickly when I’m in the archive, lunchtime slipped by and before I knew it, it was time to head home.

My archival ‘partner in crime,’ K, snapped this little pic–knowing how much fun it is to show others what we do in the ‘inner-sanctums’ of the research facilities. Today, for example, before entering this facility I had to go through a search that’s every bit as thorough as if I were boarding a jetliner.