Hampton Court March 2014

Hello!  Glad you stopped by.  Here’s the entire life story in less than one page.


My name is Robert, aka Robbie.   I am from Waterloo, Seneca County, New York State, United States of America.

This is the Finger Lakes region of “Upstate” New York, an hour south of Lake Ontario; on the other side of the lake, is Canada.  My hometown is closer to Toronto and Ottawa, than it is to New York City.  About the same latitude as Sapporo, Vladivostok…or Milwaukee, where I’m now living.



“Finger Lakes” means there are a few long, narrow, but deep lakes, almost like land-locked fjords.  Small towns, dairy farms, vineyards and wineries.  There is fishing, wine, cheese, but not too many jobs for historians.

I studied History at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, including semesters at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, and at the University of Hull in Yorkshire, England, and two summer fellowships through the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.  While at Washington College, I served as RA and student mentor to the international students.  Editor of the college’s Four Corners, a journal of “study abroad” experiences.

Visited eighteen countries so far, and planning on a lot more.  The best part:  I’ve met some wonderful people from around the world, and I enjoy and value their friendship.

Internships and employers include:

— William Seward House museum (Auburn, NY)

— Historic Jamestowne with Preservation Virginia (Jamestown, VA)

— American Philosophical Society Archives (Philadelphia, PA)

— City Year AmeriCorps Tutor (Milwaukee, WI)

— English Opens Doors Tutor (Pucón, Chile)

— University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

— Schuler Educational Foundation

I’m a beginning photographer, but this isn’t a photography blog – – the pictures are humble illustrations of my travels – – whatever seems interesting or beautiful, and whatever might encourage people to comment, visit, and share their own photos, experiences, thoughts and opinions.

My Official Disclaimer:  My views and opinions are solely mine and are unaffiliated with any of my educational or career-related institutions. 

I am only a lowly, learning-as-he-goes photographer, but please do not reproduce my photos without prior permission.  Thank you. 




No animals were harmed in the making of this blog.

Although there is animal testing involved.  I often try out jokes on the cat.  

So far…not one laugh.  


7 thoughts on “Author

  1. Lovely to meet you and learn more through your beautiful blog. The Finger Lake region sounds most interesting, for me almost like being home, coming from the land of the fjords. I’ll be back for more. Have a great Sunday,
    your new follower,

    • Thanks so much, Dina, what a nice calling card. Thank you. The Finger Lakes are beautiful, and I miss them, but of course, it’s hills & farm country, no dramatic moutains like Norway!

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