Peter Shelton

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…)

Rowing Uphill

Posted in Gas Pains, Watch columns by pshelton on September 23, 2010

The red canoe out in the middle of West Passage was not making headway. It had an outboard motor – we could hear it buzzing away – but the little craft and its single occupant struggled mightily against the incoming tide. At times, it looked as if he was actually going backward. (more…)