And so, Ladies of the Club,

IN SOFT FOCUS

I give you David Douglas Duncan,

the YANKEE NOMAD and

the PHOTO NOMAD.

DISCOVERING ALVIN...in one of his most iconic and famous photos...aptly named

"House of a Thousand Windows"

by Alvin Langdon Coburn 

long ago demolished but saved for posterity by the magic of photography!

WHIMSICAL QUOTES 

This was the first time in history an army attempted to fight a war and at the same time reduce damage to cultural monuments and property.


Hello Mona Lisa!

SAYING GOOD BYE TO

NORA EPHRON...


Exit Laughing…Nora Ephron’s dramatic departure…and when we looked the other way, she left the room

Everyone loves Nora Ephron, right?  Especially her divine recipes.  Especially her clever movies.  Especially her joie di vivre. 

This quick and easy to read paper is a sweeping mini-bio of Nora that slides gracefully into her last six years on this earth, when no one knew what was in store for her.

As Frank Rich wrote in New York Magazine “What doesn’t matter is whether we got to say good-bye or not.  What does matter is that she was here for those she loved and those who loved her, and that now, while we were napping, she has gone.”
 

A treat is in store for her fans.


MARGARET QUEEN OF SCOTLAND


              Be the first to re-discover Margaret
the Medieval Queen of Scotland so advanced for her time…a modern feminist living in the 11th century 

Brilliant and beautiful Margaret…a powerful woman living ahead of her time.  She was a modern leader in the Medieval landscape.  Hope you enjoy finding Margaret and connecting her relevance to life today.

Ebooks

THE PEACOCK ROOM

and WHISTLER'S MOTHER


 A personalized look at the life and times of James Abbott McNeill Whistler as presented to the '81 Club 14 February 2011 by Mrs. Alan R. Marsh.

During the course of his work for the art patron, Frederick R. Leyland, a Liverpool ship owner, something happened... 



 "...that gave the excitable Whistler a clear field.  Alone in the house, he more than touched up the room with a little gold paint.  He let his imagination run wild with peacock feather designs on the ceiling, ornate peacocks in gilded paint on the shutters, and around the walls.
 
'Well, you know, I just painted on and on.  I went on – without design or sketch – putting in every touch with such freedom...And the harmony blue and gold developing, you know, I forgot everything in my joy of it.'
 

And, most shockingly, he painted over the leather walls.
 

Now about those leather walls.  The leather had been bought by Thomas Jekyll at great expense to Mr. Leyland. It had been part of the dowry of Catherine of Aragon who brought it from Spain.  It was richly embossed and trimmed, and important in its own right.


 Whistler had covered all the visible rich antique Spanish leather completely with a thick coat of peacock blue paint. "

 

MARIE CURIE:

"If our discovery has a commercial future, this is an accident."

​PIERRE:  

"It would be contrary to the scientific spirit."

POETRY REVISITED

EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY


Edna makes her debut   -  moving into the 21st century  - as fresh and saucy as ever! 


              Be the first to re-discover
the distinguished and celebrated        American poet

 Edna St. Vincent Millay

 whose lines

“My candle burns at both ends.

It cannot last the night.

But ah my foes and oh, my friends,

It gives a lovely light”


are still burning today with the same

lyrical urgency.


 

 



 

              

THE SEARCH FOR FOREVER AMBER 

The Mystery unfolds…

 While traveling with the Met along the Baltic’s Amber Coast en route to St. Petersburg aboard Sea Cloud II use this little Kindle white paper to prep yourself on the story of “Amber”

 
Even though one wag said to me “Well, Amber is just pine sap, you know,” I have to say it is so so much more than pine sap!     
 

Today, stepping inside the Amber Room in the Catherine Palace museum is like slipping into a fairy tale – it’s an Aladdin’s cave!

 
Discover for yourself the breathtaking beauty of glowing amber, cut and polished, coming to the light from its lumpy, dark, rough birth.

 
But as with many fairy tales, especially Russian ones, there is a dark side to the Amber Room too, a shadow of legend and open-ended mystery.

And so we embark together on the search for forever Amber.

 


Admirable...or notorious...moral or amoral...calculating and determined...charming and patriotic...Christian...all of those things, and more...

Madame Chiang Kai-shek...

​Meiling

ROBERT EDSEL and

THE MONUMENTS MEN