Born to a Catholic Mother and a Jewish Father, I know diversity. My hometown of Newark and South Brunswick, NJ had people from urban and rural environs, and ethnic and racial cultures galore. This sparks my interest in backgrounds, histories and differences, and I explore these fascinations to this day.
I lived in Wisconsin, Philadelphia, and Boston before coming to Washington, D.C. to earn my doctorate in U.S. History. Always a ravenous devourer of movies, plays and books, I focused my studies on gender, sexuality and culture in the media of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This work led to the publication of my book, Hollywood Bohemians.
I’ve come to enjoy Washington, D.C. immensely. Over the fifteen years that I’ve lived here, there has been so much great development and more excitement added to this city. Plus, it has excellent museums, great theater, and tons of free special events. One of the latest moves included building a stadium for the baseball team, the Nationals. People fought over whether spending the city money made sense and whether the stated reason, economic development, would occur. The new stadium basically destroyed the gay club area that existed in that part of Southeast DC. The argument for the stadium made me wonder what rationales had been used in the past to justify building stadiums in DC. I researched the topic and found so many much cooler reasons for building a stadium existed in this city’s past. This work led to a second book,
Capital Sporting Grounds
I’m fortunate to have a great husband for the last seventeen years and many good friends.