10 Things to Know about Nina Evans Allender

I first learned about Nina Evans Allender while watching a PBS special about the women’s suffrage movement. The episode was set at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum in Washington D.C., the headquarters for the National Woman’s Party. The entire episode was riveting, but I really sat up and paid attention when they mentioned that Allender was…

Posting for Practice: My 365 Day Challenge

I started the new year by setting a challenge for myself: complete and post one drawing each day on Instagram. Here are a few of my sketches: I really wanted to establish a practice which would require me to draw at least once a day, and so far I have been sticking to it –…

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2016

Hello Jazz Lovers, I keep saying that I am going to plan ahead so I can make it to this extravaganza each year, but alas, I have not made it yet. At least I can devour these delectable pictures and live vicariously through those who were able to attend. I hope you enjoy these as…

Bright Young Things at the Crane Estate

Hello Jazz Lovers, I hope you are having a fabulous summer… I certainly am! I had the pleasure of attending the Roaring Twenties Jazz Party at the Crane Estate (Ipswich, MA) on July 31st, and I wanted to share some tidbits with you. The picture above is me hanging out by a genuine model T…

8 Things to Know about Beryl Markham

I just finished one of the most eloquent memoirs I have ever read called West with the Night. I marked so many passages that I almost thought about giving up the task of marking my favorite passages, but I persisted. I was so impressed by this memoir that I turned to the biography at the…

Miss Fisher Take 3

Miss Fisher came back for a 3rd season, and as always, she looked amazing while doing absolutely everything! The list included playing a mermaid, flying airplanes, and executing the latest judo moves while taking down the bad guys. I am including some of my favorite photos from this season. Most of these photos were posted…

Jazzy Finds Winter 2016

Hello Jazz Lovers, It has been awhile since I posted a Jazzy Finds post, and I certainly have some exciting finds to share with you! There is an updated version of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None which came out in the United Kingdom in 2015. The U.S. version of the DVD will be…

The Harmon Foundation: Champions of the Harlem Renaissance

I have been conducting research on artists who were active during the Harlem Renaissance, and I stumbled upon a documentary called Against the Odds: African-American Artists and the Harmon Foundation. I learned so much about how this one foundation was responsible for launching the careers of so many prominent African-American artists.  Although the foundation recognized…

Follow Your Curiosity

I watched an inspiring video by Elizabeth Gilbert about following one’s curiosity to figure out pathways in life here . Up until now, Gilbert has always been an advocate of the philosophy to “follow your passion” because that has always worked for her. A letter from a frustrated reader caused her to change her perspective; the…

Summer Memories

Hello Jazz Lovers, I have been meaning to share some photos of my jazz inspired adventures from this past summer, but time has gotten away from me. Although summer is long gone, I thought you would enjoy hearing about a few events. I attended a Gatsby themed party at the Star Island Resort, and it…

So We Read On: A Fitting Tribute to “The Great Gatsby”

  The 90th anniversary of the publication of The Great Gatsby happened on April 10, 2015, and while I am late to the party in terms of paying my tribute to this magnificent piece of work, I am no less enthusiastic. When people ask me to declare my favorite novel, this is the one. I…

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2015

Hello Jazz Lovers, Last year, I posted pictures from the Jazz Age Lawn Party that happened in New York (Governor’s Island) in the hopes that I would remember to attend this year. But alas, I missed it again. This time, I am putting it in my calendar a year ahead of time so I will…