A Rolling Crone

A blog about travel, art, photography and crone power


North Grafton, Massachusetts, USA
February 04
After 40 years as a journalist, I turned 60 and decided to return to my first love--painting, especially portraits of people encountered in my travels to Greece, Mexico, India & Nicaragua. I’ve exhibited my watercolors and photographs in Massachusetts and have some of them on my web site: www.joanpgage.com. My photo book “The Secret Life of Greek Cats” can be purchased on the web site, or on Amazon. I collect antique photographs, including daguerreotypes, and write about how they have introduced me to some fascinating historic figures, such as Elizabeth Keckley, a slave who became Mary Lincoln's dressmaker and confidante. Last year I attended my 50th high school reunion in Edina, Minnesota and I've just turned 70. My husband and I recently reached our 40th anniversary. We have 3 children, now amazing adults, who keep me up to date on technology--although I still haven't mastered texting. It's been a marvelous journey since I was born in 1941, and I can't wait for the next chapter.


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One of the folk-art angels in my house
We need to believe in angels right now.  
This became clear to
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NOVEMBER 28, 2012 1:26PM

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

 I usually write about frivolous subjects, but I can’t do that today after reading about the abduction, torture and execution of 36-year-old Maria Santos Gorrostieta, the mother of 3 children and the former mayor of the small town of Tiquicheo, Mexico.

She was living
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NOVEMBER 23, 2012 3:52PM

Amalia Accessorizes

Always precocious, Granddaughter Amalía, almost 15 months old, announced her early entrance into the Terrible Twos with a complete melt-down screaming tantrum while riding in rush-hour traffic through downtown Miami several nights ago.  The reason for the tantrum: she hated the shoes/… Read full post »

Just got back from Miami last night with daughter Eleni and granddaughter Amalía in tow.  Now it's Tuesday, two days before Thanksgiving, and I'm already a day behind in my annual pie-baking marathon  (The pies pictured above are from LAST Thanksgiving, when I was much
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NOVEMBER 14, 2012 2:27PM

The Mystery of the Monarchs in a Novel

The Mystery of the Monarchs in a Novel

Last Sunday, in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, one of my favorite bloggers, Dominique Browning, wrote a rave review of a “majestic and brave” new novel by Barbara Kingsolver called “Flight Behavior”.

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NOVEMBER 14, 2012 2:21PM

The Mystery of the Monarchs in a Novel

 Last Sunday, in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, one of my favorite bloggers, Dominique Browning, wrote a rave review of a “majestic and brave” new novel by Barbara Kingsolver called “Flight Behavior”.

According to the review, it is the sto
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Much more fun than following the pre-election debates (yawn!) and the election night results is reading today's after- election commentary and Monday-morning quarterbacking on the internet. 

Trending now as number one topic on Yahoo is not a search for the breakdown of electoral votes, but the/
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During the last week before Halloween, while re-posting my three articles about true ghost stories I've learned, I asked readers to tell me of any supernatural encounters they may have had.  I was delighted when three people responded, and thrilled that one of them was a “paranormal/

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Newsflash:  While reprinting my three-part series on "True Ghost Stories" during Halloween week,  I've been asking people to send me their own paranormal experiences--write to joanpgage@yahoo.com.  So far, three people have done so, and one of them is a young woman from Arizona who i

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Here's Part II of my perennial "Halloween True Ghost Stories" trilogy.  If you have a paranormal experience to share, e-mail me at joanpgage@yahoo.com or leave a comment below.  I've already heard from two readers with brand new ghost stories--Hope I'll get enough hauntings for a new post

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It's nearly Halloween, which means that it's time once again for my three-part series of posts about true ghost stories, each one of which I learned directly from the horse's, uh, haunting victim's mouth.

(I’m planning a three-part Halloween series of investigative blogging this
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Every year Halloween gets bigger and more expensive.  This year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Americans will spend  over $8 billion on Halloween  costumes, candy and decor--averaging about $80 per person.  According to the New York Post, Americans are going to spend $… Read full post »

 I met Caroline Norton through a framed engraving I bought for a few dollars at a yard sale. 

On the back of the frame was a typed piece of paper saying: “Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Sheridan Norton was the granddaughter of [playwright] Richard Sheridan.  She w/
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OCTOBER 17, 2012 4:18PM

Amalia Picks the Perfect Pumpkin

Although she insists on calling them "apples", granddaughter Amalía quickly caught on to the purpose of the trip to Houlden Farms in North Grafton, MA-- our annual October outing to pick up various colors and shapes of squashes and pumpkins for Halloween decor.  And  maybe some of th… Read full post »
OCTOBER 15, 2012 10:47AM

A Courageous Sister Dies

Lillia, aged 16 in 1949, points to the mountaintop 
battleground where she had just escaped from the  Communist
guerrillas during the Greek Civil War
Last Monday, October 8, Glykeria (Lillia) Economou, 79,  the sister of my husband Nicholas Gage, die
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OCTOBER 2, 2012 10:36PM

What I Wore to the Mad Men Party

It WASN'T these unique and authentically 1960's palazzo pajamas designed by Anne Fogarty!

If you recall, the challenge I accepted from daughter Eleni was that I would wear  these appallingly ugly pajamas to the Worcester Art Museum's Mad Men Party on Saturday night, instead of the more/
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SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 5:06PM

What to Wear to the Mad Men Party?

(Okay, daughter Eleni has issued a challenge and I have accepted it.  If 100 people vote on my facebook page or on this blog post for me to wear the extremely ugly palazzo pajamas shown below to the party tomorrow, I’ll do it, but my husband is threatening that he won’t been/Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 9:28PM

Original Art for $20!

ArtsWorcester has a clever idea for raising funds.  They asked their members to donate original works of art in any medium that are precisely 8 inches by 8 inches square—to be sold for $20 each on Friday, Oct. 12.  And when the art works were dropped off a few weeks ago, weRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 8:38AM

StART on the Street and the Urge to Create

 Sellers' tents on Worcester's Park Avenue, seen from Elm Park

Last Sunday, another perfect fall day, I went to take a look at “StART on the Street” along with nearly 50,000 shoppers eager to see the art and handicrafts produced by some 300 artists who were all
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SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 11:12AM

Bel Kaufman Talks About Her First 100 Years

I got this e-mail yesterday from Laura DeSilva of Open Road Integrated Media and enjoyed watching the video of Bel Kaufman, at 101, discussing her
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 Last Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, was a perfect fall day under a flawless blue sky, and New Yorkers each marked the anniversary of 9/11 in their own way.  I was in the city for a quick visit and decided to walk 30+ blocks down from 80th Street on the Upper East Side to/Read full post »

As you know, I am a collector of antique photographs, including daguerreotypes, and have focused my collection especially on photographs that address the subject of race.   Many of my posts --subtitled "The Story Behind the Photograph"-- (there's a list of them at the right) --h/
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SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 9:59AM

Stalking Sunsets

                   The Acropolis, Athens, from the roof of the Grande Bretagne Hotel

Whenever I travel, especially in the company of my two daughters, by late afternoon we usually find ourselves sitting by the water somewhere with a glass o
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Several years ago a luxury resort complex called Costa Navarino opened in Messinia in the Peloponnese--the triumph of a man's dream to revive his native part of Greece.  His name was Captain Vasilis Constantakopoulos and he lived long enough to see his 25 years of preparation come to fruition,

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Amalia was asleep while her entourage was driving on the road between the Kyrimai Hotel and the city of Kardamili, both in the Mani.  She awoke, very surprised to find herself  in an underground cave (the Diros Caves--largest in Greece) with Mommy and Yiayia wearing life vests and a… Read full post »