Peter Shelton

What Really Scares Us

Posted in Confessions of a Grandpa, Watch columns by pshelton on October 28, 2011

I’m sick of shock, sick of gory . . . Is anybody here wise?

– From “Wise to the Ways,” by Catie Curtis


On the phone last weekend 3-year-old Alex told Ellen he was going to be a pirate for Halloween.

“Arrrr,” I said, eavesdropping in the background. (more…)

First Lady to the World

Posted in Watch columns by pshelton on October 21, 2011

Eleanor Roosevelt was tall and had buckteeth, and was painfully shy.

She found out about her husband’s affair when she discovered letters in the bottom of his suitcase. Franklin was just home from Europe. It was 1918. Eleanor read the letters and realized that Franklin had been in love with her social secretary, Lucy Mercer, for four years, even as the last two of the five Roosevelt children were conceived and delivered. (more…)

The Answer Is: Religion or Defense

Posted in Road Trips West, Watch columns by pshelton on October 15, 2011

The question is not: Why did the Anasazi disappear? (The answer to that one is still a swirl of conjecture.) The question should be: Why were they there in Chaco Canyon in the first place? And what is the meaning of the monumental architecture they left behind? (more…)

Surfing Style Police

Posted in More Sport, Watch columns by pshelton on October 15, 2011

Style, on skis or a surfboard, is, of course, a slippery slope. So, I’m going out on a limb here talking about athletes and their subjective styles. (How’s that for mixed-metaphor writing style?) (more…)