In today's Mansion section of The Wall Street Journal, I interview country singer Martina McBride on her family home in Kansas, the recording artist who meant the most to her growing up, and what it was like to dodge tornadoes (go here).
As we spoke, Martina was at first a bit halting, offering short answers to questions. Clearly a product of being burned in past interviews or just trying to guard her privacy. But as we spoke, she began to open up and presented a warm view of her childhood on 420 acres of farmland in countryside as flat as a pancake. Martina's latest album is Everlasting (Sharons Rose) and her new cookbook is Around the Table (William Morrow).
In this weekend's Review section of the WSJ (go here), I interview Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson about his favorite song—Sam Cooke's Wonderful World (not Louis Armstrong's hit but the one that starts, "Don't know much about history...").
We also had a fascinating chat about George Washington and the period between the end of the American Revolution in 1783, when he retired to his land at Mount Vernon in Virginia, and 1789, when he agreed to become the nation's first president. At first, Washington wanted to kick back and take care of his affairs. But before long, Washington came to realize that being like everyone else wasn't in his character and that leading and setting an example for the world and all presidents who followed was a calling. Ed's terrific new book is The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789 (William Morrow).Go here.