Sunday, August 2, 2015
With the sad tale of Cecil and the Despicable Dentist so much in the news, I thought it would be nice to check in with a far luckier lion. This regal specimen lords it over the principal lawn of Hillwood, the resplendent home of the rather-resplendent-herself Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Mrs. Marie Beazley, Harry Bloomfield, 1923
Collection of the Classical Arts Research Centre,
Faculty of Classics, Oxford University.
I seem to be on something of a portrait jag this summer; I do hope you'll forgive me.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
For no good reason except that we both have more than our wont of leisure these days, My Dear Sister and I have taken to writing long letters to each other. Granted, they're e-mails, but still somehow it feels terribly Edwardian to be communicating in something other than statuses or Tweets...
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
I had a nice long stroll around Our Nation's Capital yesterday, and I grabbed the opportunity to drop into the National Portrait Gallery and pay my respects to some old familiar faces.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
As part of my ongoing efforts to share with you lucky Gentle Readers the treasures of Egyptian pop culture, herewith we find the ensemble once billed as the Supremes of the Nile. I don't know that I'd go that far, but they certainly had their moment. And their hairdos.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
...but at least this year Joan Fontaine isn't one of them. Many happy returns on her 99th to the one and only Miss Olivia de Havilland. I hope that she's up for a little celebration; Paris, after all, is lovely this time of year. As, I'm sure, is she.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
From the first moments of 1947's Possessed, Joan Crawford sketches a character different from, deeper than, and profoundly stranger than any I've seen her play in what was even then her two decades on screen.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Rings on a nightstand, Cairo, 2008
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were."
- Obergefell v. Hodges
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Even though, alas, I have returned to the grindstone (mostly - I still sneak home for the occasional nap; I'm finding that a wan expression and a faraway look can get me almost anything I want, now that I'm an Established Invalid), I don't want you to think I've given up all the habits of leisure that I enjoyed this spring. For example, I've just finished doing something I rarely do, reading a recently published book.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Here to celebrate this festive day we have an old familiar number in what I imagine is a rather unfamiliar setting. As Mr. Cole Porter rolls in his grave, the one and only Miss Violetta Villas and her Double-Knit Dancers give us their interpretation of "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."