Family Story


Coasting through Cornwall / Sep 29

Cornwall’s spectacular coast path remains unknown to many Americans On about the 100th granite step above Port William, on Cornwall’s north coast, my boyfriend managed a few strangled words. “These people,” he panted, “are crazy.” I’m not sure whether he was referring to the builders of the trail we were hiking — the South West […]



The strange intimacy of Census documents: Following the Glanvilles from Cornwall, Part 2 / Oct 08

After discovering my Glanville ancestors had come from Cornwall in the late 19th century — thus explaining my taste for cool weather, Poldark and the Gothic, Cornwall-set tales of Daphne du Maurier (The Birds, Rebecca) — I had two central questions. What had their lives been like in the old country? And why had they […]



Following the Glanvilles from sea-swept Cornwall / Sep 29

One day in late August 2015, the weather turned cold and rainy in Cleveland. It was like a preview of late autumn. The temperature was in the low 60s and the sky was overcast. While everyone around me groused, commiserating about being cheated of summer, I felt exhilarated. I always have, in the face of […]