Amanuensis Monday: Portrait of a Woman

  Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) A local Bay Area feature story from the mid- 1970s depicts Benita (McGinnis) McCormick  with mementos from her travels. Clipping courtesy of Suzanne Olson Wieland. [Note:  Amanuensis is an ancient word meaning one who performs the function of writing down or transcribing the words of another.  Derived from the Latin root manu-  , meaning manual or hand, the … Continue reading "Amanuensis Monday: Portrait of a Woman"

Travel Tuesday: The Exotic and the Mundane in Mexico City

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) Gilbert Cayetano Huesca (1915 – 2009) Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca (1928 – 1987) From the Many Branches, One Tree treasure chest, this 1966 photograph celebrates the spring visit of my great-uncle-and-aunt, Phil and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, to Mexico City, where our family was living at the time. … Continue reading "Travel Tuesday: The Exotic and the Mundane in Mexico City"

Treasure Chest Thursday: We’ll Always Have Barcelona

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) Married couples often have a private word or catchphrase, born of shared experiences and rich with meaning.  My great-uncle and great-aunt, Phillip and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s catchphrase was, “We’ll always have Barcelona.” “Las Ramblas” depicts a Sunday afternoon on the famous boulevard in Barcelona. My … Continue reading "Treasure Chest Thursday: We’ll Always Have Barcelona"

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Visiting El Greco Museum

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) Toledo, about an hour’s drive from Madrid in central Spain, was one of the excursiones requisitas,  or obligatory stops, for my great-aunt and artist Benita (McGinnis) McCormick.  She and my great-uncle Phil made a pilgrimage to the Museo del Greco during their year-long Spanish sojourn in 1960, to view the … Continue reading "(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Visiting El Greco Museum"